"Standing in the door to the hall is COUNT DRACULA. A tall man, his face is thin and saturnine, with deep set eyes, high cheekbones, aquiline nose, high forehead topped by jet black hair. When he speaks we may notice that his two canine teeth are slightly longer than normal, and definitely more pointed. One gets the impression that unless he makes a conscious effort to the contrary, these teeth would lay along his lower lip. As it is he keeps them well concealed, except when he talks. He is wearing complete and unrelieved black, a costume cut in the severest lines. Over his suit he wears a long black cloak with a high, pointed collar. He carries a black hat."
Such is screenplay author Jimmy Sangster's description of Count Dracula for the script for Hammer Films 1958 The Horror of Dracula. The second of Hammer's series starring the then relatively unknown Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, Horror followed the lead of 1957's The Curse of Frankenstein which established the formula that made the British film company the new force in classic horror films. In essence, a small studio with a very limited budget was beginning to put out product that didn't look or feel like second-rate productions.
Fifty-four years later, the script to Horror is now part of a new series, that of editor Philip J. Riley's ongoing editions of original movie scripts now available in print from Bear Manor Media. They range from Frankenstein, the original 1931 shooting script, to The Mummy’s Curse, the original 1944 shooting script, to The Creature from the Black Lagoon, the original 1953 shooting script. According to the credits at the end of Horror, "Riley has also contributed to 12 film related books by various authors as well as numerous magazine articles and received the Count Dracula Society Award and was inducted into Universal’s Horror Hall of Fame and won the Halloween Book Festival 2011 award in the horror category."