The Brides of Dracula was one of the first films I went to without my parents and it was and still is a doozy. When I was in second grade, my brother Frank and his friend Ronnie took me to the New Carnegie Theater to see The Brides of Dracula when it came to town. The place was packed with mostly preteen boys and for most of the movie you could have heard a pin drop. The crowd finally erupted in cheers when Van Helsing defeats Dracula with holy water and a cross like shadow. Of course on the walk home, Ronnie continuously asked “Did you see the knockers on those vampire girls?”
At that age I didn’t even know what knockers were but whatever they were I saw them, I definitely saw them. The Brides of Dracula was one of the first movies easily accessible to preteens that blatantly hinted at deviant sex, and we enjoyed every minute of it. It’s probably the reason I’m so fond of neck biting but the movie has a lot more than that going for it.
The movie stars Peter Cushing in his second go round as Doctor Van Helsing and David Peel as the vampire Baron Meinster. The two of them stage a 3 round battle that’s as exciting as any movie vampire fight I’ve ever seen. The ending was so clever that we talked about it for weeks. In fact 30 years later, I saw employees at the phone company mimic the ending by holding two pencils together in the shape of a cross and casting the shadow to ward off extra work.
It’s the women that make The Brides of Dracula special. Yes, Ronnie’s vampire girls were hot and red headed Yvonne Monlaur was oh so desirable as the “damsel in distress”. But the real credit goes to the older women. Martia Hunt is the frightening Baroness and Freda Jackson is the Baron’s crazy servant. The two actresses dominate every scene they are in making The Brides of Dracula a real treat for connoisseurs mature actresses.