|Dracula A.D. 1972|
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."|
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.