Made with a budget of £81,412, the filming of Dracula began in November 1957. Set in 1885 twelve years before the publication of the original novel. Peter Cushing was Van Helsing and Christopher Lee as Count Dracula. The movie became a huge success and broke box-office records in the UK, the United States (released as Horror of Dracula) and across the world.
When the second draft of Dracula was submitted to the BBFC they replied:
“The uncouth, uneducated, disgusting and vulgar style of Mr Jimmy Sangster cannot quite obscure the remnants of a good horror story, though they do give one the gravest misgivings about treatment. […] The curse of this thing is the Technicolor blood: why need vampires be messier eaters than anyone else? Certainly strong cautions will be necessary on shots of blood. And of course, some of the stake-work is prohibitive.”