Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Dracula A.D. 1972: The Count is Back, with an Eye for London's Hotpants... and a Taste for Everything

Dracula A.D. 1972
I will trade blows with any man who tells me that Bela Lugosi was a better Dracula than Christopher Lee.  Ok, maybe not.  But I will argue vehemently and shake my fist.  This is not Lee's best Dracula film, not by a very, very long shot but the campiness of Dracula A.D. 1972 makes it a fun ride.

The strangest element of these later Hammer films is the acting.  Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing are simply too damn good for these films.  I'm used to ludicrous story lines and cheesy special effects but usually a similar level of acting prowess accompanies these elements - but  not so with these Hammer films.  Lee and Cushing are great once again in Dracula A.D. 1972.

The film begins in 1872 with a frantic fight scene on a speeding coach between Count Dracula and Dr. Van Helsing.  The coach crashes, Dracula is impaled on a wooden spoke and both he and Van Helsing die as result of the crash.  A follower of The Count arrives at the scene, collects his ashy remains and buries them at a church near Van Helsing's grave.  One hundred years later a bored group of counterculture youths - led by guy who looks strikingly like Dracula's disciple from one hundred years before - decide to practice some good ole fashioned black magic to entertain themselves at the church where Dracula was buried.  But their leader has more sinister motives than just shits 'n giggles.  He performs a blood ritual and calls forth Dracula from the grave which was totally not groovy with the others.

"Get a haircut, hippie."
It just so happens that the buxom blonde in this black magic party is a descendant of Dr. Van Helsing and has a grandfather who is an expert in the occult and looks exactly like the Van Helsing who died one hundred years before.  He figures everything out and goes hunting for the resurrected Dracula and his minions.

If you're looking for the best of the Hammer Dracula films, this isn't it.  I'd recommend something like Horror of Dracula from 1958 as the best of the bunch.  However, if you're looking for a slightly campy and dated vampire tale with beautiful sets and solid acting, check out Dracula A.D. 1972.  It's worth watching.

36 comments:

elexerdelex said...

If you're looking for the best of the Hammer Dracula films, this isn't it.

Thanks for your honesty! =D I always love reading your reviews =D

D4 said...

Solid acting! I appreciate solid acting! :D

Kicking Rocks said...

Christopher Lee is just awesome!!!

KUSHtunes said...

i need more access to movies like this. looks like a pretty hilarious find.

ed said...

i would rather watch something like this than twilight

Bart said...

ahh thats great thats great. the warning worked. vampire movies are always so cheesey

thenitefalls said...

If Christopher Lee is in it, it must be epic :D

Robert Fünf said...

ed: I would rather watch ANYTHING than Twilight.

Also, this looks like it's worth checking out, if for no other reason than it's got Christopher Lee.

Steven said...

Dracula is a great classic

duffboi said...

wouldn't mind seeing this. sounds fun

Motivationalized said...

Yeah, I've seen this one a while ago, as I recall I actually liked it.

baxxman said...

Sounds great. hope i can find it.

GADAFINY said...

love Dracula

tearinox said...

I could be Dracula's next victim :x

Isaac said...

Leslie Nielson was obviously the best Dracula

Raw said...

This looks like it has plenty of laughs, nice review!

Astronomy Pirate said...

Dracula is so full of cheese these days, its hard to take serious.

Bassislv said...

I normally hate vampire movies, but this one looks really funny

Jay.CA said...

if you say it isn't the best Dracula film, then i'm gonnda have to skip it. :(

Moob said...

ive seen this one too

Biff Tanner said...

This is one of my favs.

good work

Brut said...

Dracula is so classic.

G said...

absolute classic - in my opinion Lee is the only Dracula!

Aaron M. Gipson said...

It might be a little campy, but you know it's gonna have the grooviest soundtrack of any horror flick imagined...

Chip said...

oldie but a goody :D keep up the posts :)

Tyrone said...

Good, honest review. Got to find some time to watch one of these films, I love them.

A Beer for the Shower said...

You had me at "Christopher Lee." Anything else is just icing on the cake.

Con Queso said...

lol...I'm not so into campy movies sorry. But looks like a good laugh still.

Alex DeLarge said...

the more these new vampire movies come out(not all of them ex. Thirst) the more I appreciate the older films

Major.Mack said...

eeeek

Josh said...

Solid movie in my opinion

Patti D. said...

lol at the captation.

ankmanpro said...

Ah what a classic man. Good pick!

Nigma said...

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Merlyy said...

I'm reading Dracula right now.

sundersartwork said...

I really like this film, who can hate men in animal skins pressing buttons on a flashy thing while chasing people on motorbikes, looking like they belong in the background of a Sunny and Cher video.Lee and Cushing are always a class act and incapable of giving a bad turn, i did like the idea of Dracual tiring of life, since he is stuck in a century he wouldn't understand. However the plague as catastrophic wouldn't work in the modern age, even in the 70's they had a cure.It does have Joanna Lunley in it though, this was when she was super famous after appearing in The Avengers, so it would have been like having Jessica Alba in it.

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