Oh, this is such cinematic comfort food. It's like being wrapped in a warm, Technicolor blanket, as you're lulled into a restful sleep, transported into a dreamscape awash with a luscious, gothic atmosphere. It easily sits alongside the 1931 Dracula and the 1992 Dracula, as one of my all-time favorite Dracula films. Peter Cushing is great, as a younger, more action-oriented Van Helsing, and Christopher Lee is so damn menacing as Dracula. Sure, it takes its liberties with the original story, but it all works great. It focuses on the important moments, moving along at a brisk pace, with more action than most Dracula adaptations. And that climactic battle between Dracula and Van Helsing is glorious.
I always love returning to this one. In fact, I love all of these lovely little Technicolor gothic masterpieces from Terence Fisher, that I've seen so far.