Classic Movie Posters Gallery
Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (Hammer; 1968) 27″x 41″ One-Sheet
This week’s entry in our Classic Movie Posters Gallery, we pay tribute to Christopher Lee in one of his many iconic roles, Count Dracula. I admit, my original intent was to feature a classic movie poster with Mr. Lee actually on it but I was, shall we say, attracted to this unique poster from the 1968 Hammer Film.
The combination of cheeky humor and magnetic sexuality is perfectly aligned with where Hammer‘s films were at this time. The black and white photograph with the bright pink band aids and the word (Obviously) beneath the film title aren’t consistent with how dark this horror movie is, but fit right into a cynical period in our culture.
When you look at other posters of the period, this one truly stands out…and not just for the obvious reasons. It’s singular image differentiates it at a time when posters were still usually montage of characters and scenes from the movie. And, yes, its use of skin was also quite unique for its time. I can picture it on a theater marquee causing quite a stir alongside the other more traditionally style posters of the time.
Christopher Lee added an animalistic sensuality to his performance of Dracula and Hammer certainly pushed boundaries in their movies, combining horror and sex in a way not seen in mainstream movies before.
This poster is highly collectible but not terribly expensive. A F/VF 7.0 unrestored copy sold last year on Heritage Auctions for $143. Current listings on eBay start at $249 for VF copy. Not sure I could convince my wife to let me hang this one in our family room, though. At least, not until our son has gotten through puberty…