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Dracula a.D. 1972
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This film is also confusing in many ways. If it is indeed a sequel to "Horror Of Dracula", then how did the count come to be? In "Scars Of Dracula", he caught fire and fell to his death, leaving nothing of himself (presumably). And, being Professor Van Helsing was not in any of the period sequels, how did they fit this story in about he and Dracula fighting one another to the death in 1872? Did this happen in one of the films when we weren't looking? Very unlikely.
At least Peter Cushing returns (finally) as a descendent of Professor Van Helsing. Too bad he could not have been in the four previous films.
As I said, this one is not worth watching, unless you're bored. And if you're bored, this film will add to it.
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.
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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
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
Toward the end of Hammer Films' reign as THE horror movie studio, they decided to transport the Dracula character into the modern era. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2002 by Steve Miller
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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