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Dracula a.D. 1972
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Cut to the very modern and hip swinging 70s. Very mod and bored rock and rollers summon Dracula and he is off at a merry clip, showing it is too hard to teach an old dog new tricks! He discovers there is a look alike Van Helsing descendant around, and goes after his granddaughter (Stephanie Beacham).
Lee was still very imposing at the bloodsucker in the black cape, but it was just jarring to see Drac in swinging 70s! Caroline Munro and Beacham pretty up the screen well, and Cushing and Lee still have their old magic, but it's indifferently directed by Alan Gibson and written weakly by Don Houghton.
Sigh...Hammer is showing signs of wear here sadly. I give it four stars instead of three for the terrific work by Cushing and Lee. When they are on screen is super. Rest of the film is thin.
For Dracula fans or admirers of Lee and Cushing. Everyone else will be bored stiff. One can begin to understand Lee's current apathy toward the role that made him famous.
The film tries to blend traditional vampiric horror with 70s style youth culture: thus the elements of sex (discretely), drugs, and rock 'n' roll permeate the film. To early 21st century viewers, the swingin' music, outrageous mod clothes, hairdos, and wannabe hip slang ("Weird, man. Way out") of the young cast may come off as more campy than anything else, but it does make the film fun.
Lee is compelling as Dracula: articulate and elegant, yet feral. Unfortunately, his screen time is sparse; his amounts to little more than a small supporting role. The real star of the film is Cushing as the 20th century Van Helsing. The classy Cushing projects real intelligence and ability as his character. He brings total conviction to every scene, and has solid chemistry with Beacham (although I think his hands come a little too close to her bosom in a couple of scenes--watch it, "Grandpa"!). "Dracula A.D. 1972" may be far from the best of the many Dracula films, but Cushing and Lee make it worthwhile.
The best part of this film, sadly, is the dynamic opening sequence in which we bid farewell to the psuedo-Victorian age of the old Hammer Dracula--a battle between a Van Helsing and the Count on top of an out-of-control carriage. While there are occassional glimmers of similar excitement later in the film, this is as good as it gets. Dracula's death scene is also pretty nifty, even if he is (once again) dispatched almost as much by accident as by the actions of the hero.
The biggest flaw are the thirty-year-olds that are cast as teenagers. Making matters worse, they aren't particularly good actors to begin with, so their lack of youth becomes even more distracting as the film unfolds.
The only real bright spot in the flick is Peter Cushing who portrays a modern day decendent of his original Van Helsing character--sort of. There are some weird continuity issues that were probably invisible back when the film was released, but if one is anal (like me) and watches "Horror of Dracula" in close order to watching this one (like I did), the quirk screams out at you. Maybe there are really TWO Hammer Dracula storylines embodied in this series, rather like what happened with the Frankenstein one? (That could certainly explain the sadistic side that Dracula starting showing when Hammer Films entered the Seventies.)
But, that's really a nitpick that has little impact on the overall film.
It's a fact that Cushing delivers the only noteworthy performance here, with even the much-lauded Christopher Lee coming across as tired and slightly bored in the few scenes he appears in.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Love this movie. Lee and Cushing at their best. Great to see all the old english cars as well.
Brings back the 60's / 70's feeling as well. To Cool. Read more
I know alot of people don't like this Hammer Dracula film but I think it's terrific. Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing are fantastic as usual. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2012 by George Rolland
Not a great film at all. It is interesting to have the count in the 20th century, but he does not belong in it. Read morePublished on June 6 2004
This movie started out slow but it got better.The scene were VAN HELSING and DRACULA [PETER CUSHING and CHRISTOPHER LEE]where they were on that run away wagon was exceptional. Read morePublished on Dec 25 2003 by Angela Rakestraw
A Dracula Movie Will done and Well Made Christopher Lee As Dracula At his Best For every Horror Fan get this moviePublished on Aug. 23 2002 by David L. Champer
This film brings back Christopher Lee as Count Dracula but this time he isn't at his castle in the late 18oo's.This time he's in London 1972! Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2002 by Vincent Donato
Okay, Hammer was really scraping the bottom when it decided to do this one (don't ask me why they made the Satanic Rites. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2001
This much-maligned Hammer Horror earns poor reviews merely for setting Dracula in modern (1972) London. While Hammer excelled at lush, atmospheric gothic horror, this one works. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2001 by Scott Vandenberg
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