In London 1872 - the final battle between Lawrence van Helsing and Count Dracula on top of a coach results in Dracula dying from a stake made from the remains of a wooden wheel. Lawrence dies from his wounds and, as he is buried, a servant of Dracula buries the remains of the stake by the grave and keeps a bottle of Dracula's ashes and the ring. One hundred years later, the colourful 1972, Johnny, the great-grandson of the servant joins up with a "group" containing Jessica, the grand-daughter of the present vampire hunter, Abraham van Helsing and with their unknowing help resurrect Dracula in the 20th Century who is determined to destroy the house of Van Helsing, but who can believe that The king of the Vampires really exists and is alive - in 20th Century London?
One of my favorite movies of all times.i don't care about other people thinks that is one of the bad Hammer's.I like to watch it again and again and for me it's a classic.But most of all i love Neame's performance as Johnny.He was perfect for this role and extremely beautiful.And of course Lee and Cushing have all the respect.I believe that all Hammer's films are good, and this one it's pretty cool.Oh yes the music is cool also!!I don't think that the kids were exactly hippies,there were kinda of funky and a little bit of swinging.Now at these days watching films like this is a nostalgia for the elders and a lesson for the newer.
Hey man , this movie is so far out .........
Been reading the other comments of this film For some reason over the years various film critics and horror film book authors have been unjustly mean to this film. I mean you have Peter and Christopher together which is always a good start. A couple of smashing birds ( note the 70's lingo ) in Stephanie Beacham and Marsha Hunt and an absolute corker in the very sexy Caroline Munro ( who of course also advertised Lamb's Navy Rum , did a Bond Movie and perhaps the pinnacle of her career appeared as one of the hostesses with Ted Rogers and Dusty Bin on 3 2 1 ) I love the music too all very 70's. Christopher Neame's death scene was superb as was the final fight between Pete and Chris ( with that crazy 70's music once again ) is very well staged. Although Mr. Cushing looks as he's going to collapse going up and down those spiral steps.
The hilarious 70's costumes on the blokes look like they might have once belonged to Richard O'Sullivan in Man About the House. One chap spends the whole film dressed as some kind of 'kinky' monk.
The crazy 70's lingo is very funny and the group at the beginning at the party 'Stoneground ' well I'm just lost for words.
All in all I think this film is an absolute corker. If you haven't seen ignore the negative comments sit down and enjoy it.
I think it's a corker.
One of the the best horror movie sequels ever.
This is a sequel to Scars of Dracula. It is awesome it is a 70's classic. It is so very scary. It is one of the scariest movies ever made. It has a great story line. It also has great acting. It also has great special effects. It is one of the best horror movies ever. This the seventh hammer Dracula movie. The eighth hammer Dracula movie. The satanic rites of Dracula is scarier. But only by a little bite. This is scarier then the first six hammer Dracula movies. This is very intense movie. Dracula is resurrected in modern day. He is out for revenge on Abraham Van H.e.l.s.i.n.g and after his grand son. Very scary. One of the scariest movies ever. It is a must see.
It's pretty rad...
I mean the people look goofy and everything, and some of the acting of the kids is a little on the overly sensational side... however, I can watch this movie over and over because it entertains on many levels. Fans of camp will love it, fans of Dracula will be puzzled... however, if you like both camp and Dracula... this one is money.
Much Better Than Its Reputation
Alright, putting Dracula in a 70s setting is a silly idea, particularly to Stoker purists (Christopher Lee included).
However, this is an outrageously entertaining movie. Unlike every other Hammer Dracula, except for the first, this one zips along; these movies are notorious for their snail-like pace.
It helps that the film is visually beautiful, especially when compared to the low-budget Scars of Dracula and the badly photographed Satanic Rites. The return of Peter Cushing in itself takes the film to a higher level than the previous sequels, thanks to his inimitably credible style of acting. And I, for one, love the overblown 70's soundtrack.
Christopher Lee is quick to disown this movie, but he felt that way about all the sequels, some of which are much more highly regarded than this one. In this film he returns to that animal-like nature that makes his Dracula stand out, unlike the more muted performances in Scars and Taste The Blood of Dracula. His screen time is limited, but more effective than any of the sequels.
This is not a great vampire or horror movie, but it's a great popcorn flick and just fun to watch during an evening at home.
Except for the funny music ....
If you like Hammer films, this is a good one. I partied thru late 60's& early 70's. The music was Simply made up, not jazz & not big band! Made me laugh. That part of period stuff is just ridiculous. If they dressed that way in London they sure missed the Woodstock look! However, l really enjoyed the film itself. Definitely horror with my 2 favs in the lead roles! When I watch the older horror films in ancient Eastern Europe I don't know how authentic that is but I can always see the film in any backdrop. give it a chance if it comes your way.
Blood gets 9, story gets 8, sex 6... music 0
Let me start off by saying that I never read other reviews before writing my own so if I repeat some info that others have stated, please forgive. This film has always been on my bucket list since I was a kid. I still have the same big Horror movie book filled with lots of stills/posters from this genre and while I have always had copies of the first 3 films of this Hammer series, I always feared that the remaining ones became lower in quality and with less scenes of Dracula so watching them did not became a priority. Thirty years later I finally sit down and watch this one and while I wasn't wrong in my thinking in some ways; it had cut corners and saved money by staging the story in modern London rather than find or build 19th century sets/locations but it was for the most part a pretty good story. It was well directed and shot, albeit some sloppy moments here and there. It also helped watching a beautiful full 1080 restoration rather than some old scratchy and faded TV print from the 1980's. Seeing glimpses into early 1970's London was a kick in itself as it is with any film shot in their own eras. The sexual suggestiveness is what one would expect but I was disappointed they didn't go a little step farther, after all it was the liberated 70's ha ha ha. Sorry but men do represent half the audience and this series was kicked off and became successful in some part by dripping Technicolor and the low cut 19th century Bavarian blouses worn by the female vampires. The acting for the most part was pretty good all around, the only real false moment was when Gaynor first sees Dracula; her reactions are pretty low key for seeing the Prince of Darkness for the first time in a broken down church setting. There are some other poorly directed moments like when Johnny ends up in his own bathroom in agony from the sun bursts via Van Helsing and a handy mirror, he conveniently pulls the draping covering the ceiling sunroof and conveniently hits the water tap as he conveniently falls into the tub conveniently disposing him. Come on, man, give-me-a-break! That could have been staged way better...did you have to strike the set before noon so you shot it super quick? However the worst offender is the musical score. It tries way too hard to be hip and of the time which of course has the exact opposite effect and becomes a silly and laughable soundtrack counteracting a really solid movie of its genre. Too bad. I can't say but I speculate it was corny with audiences at the time of original release as well. Perhaps a great deal of fans may like this type of cheese, the "its-so-bad-its-good" argument which is totally subjective anyway. Any-who because of that kitschy factor added throughout the film, it lost the suspenseful grip of the storyline rather than using it sparingly in certain scenes where it would have been effective with all the kitschy touches and added that good cheese factor. This "modern" pop score was also used instead of using a more traditional and effective haunting theme when Dracula or any hints of vampirism is being presented. The producers missed a chance to take a few extra moments in the huddle to really make a solid film instead of "just" churning out a quick money making sequel. This pop score also had an overly long intro in the second main scene of the film in the rich guys house with a live band playing in front of a stiff-as-statue geriatric crowd of 1 per centers. This scene, unlike the rest of the film which flows at a pretty steady pace, lumbers along as the band plays on, and on and on. I suspect the producers wanted to showcase them and/or it was a prerequisite for the band to be in the film. Whatever, it should have been cut down by 60% and would have made the point just the same.
ammer Studio Classics: Dracula A.D. 1972
Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972) was Hammer Studio's attempt to inject some life into their fledgling film industry, Hammer Studios was becoming stale and the box office receipts just wern't they used to be. Christopher Lee is back as the Count. He returns to the "present day" (circa 1972). Dracula isn't phased at all by the hippies and mods. Just more sheep to the slaughter. Doctor Van Helsing's descendant (Peter Cushing) is shocked by the series of murders occurring in town. Soon the bodies are piling up and there's only one thing he can do. Pick up the leather satchels filled with stakes and get back into the family business of vampire slaying. What's going to happen when Van Helsing and Count Dracula have another face-off? Does the Count really like the seventies? Who will help Van Helsing put old fangs to rest? Check out the modern day remake of Dracula A.D. 1972!!
It's cool to see Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee meet each other face to face in combat. If you love Hammer Studios horror films then you'll love this movie!
Dracula in psychedelic era!!!
Maybe the first Dracula's picture on modern era, quite creative plot to bring to London in a psychedelic years, drugs, acids and rock and roll, reborn from ash and blood on a horror cult in a crumbled church, the newest followers includes an Van Helsing's direct descendent, Hammer tried to hold two generation to this new Dracula's version, blend two kind of genre, firstly the younger generation who usually likes night parties, dancing, drugs, acids and music, second the older fans, mixing to old Dracula's tale with his mortal enemy Van Helsing, wisely done, hooked both sides, the legend survives on to forthcoming generations for good, as Hammer always did largely in past, allowed a strong sex appeals on picture to caught in a trap newcomers to horror genre, skilful attempt from the producer taken forward the Dracula's legacy!!!
Very Good Dracula film
First, I'm going to admit that I praise the Hammer films because they make such good horror movies that almost puts Universal to shame. (No pun intended.) Christopher Lee is a true Horror legend of the silver screen. He plays Dracula with such grace and execution. Anyway, the movie. the beginning doesn't screw around and just plunges into the first action sequence. The carriage scene is a pretty good start. It kind of went downhill after that but the resurrection scene was powerful and scary. This movie is definitely one that starts off quick but kind of goes downhill and the ending turns out to be good. That has to be one of my favorite scenes, the final battle between Van Helsing and Dracula. It starts inside the abandoned church, then ends up outside where Dracula ends up dying in like an Indiana Jones style trap. Pretty cool way to kill Dracula but its not as epic as his death in Horror of Dracula. Overall, its a good addition to the Dracula franchise. The story was good, the acting was superb, but the funk music was unnecessary. I give this a 7 out of 10.
Dracula gets funky!
Modern horror movies love to place classic horror icons and characters in modern times and people love to hate modern horror movies for that! However, it really isn't something that's new, as this 1972 movie clearly demonstrates. It take the classic Hammer Dracula character and puts him into a 'modern' 1972 setting, no doubt also in an attempt to modernize and update the Dracula series, hoping this would boost the franchise again. It didn't really worked out though, since its one of the final Dracula movies from the Hammer studios but in all truth and honesty; I still quite liked it!
Lets face it, all of the older Dracula movies set in more classic settings were starting to get extremely repetitive. All of the movies were being more or less the same, with very little variety to them. And while in essence this movie is also really being the same as any other classic Dracula movie story-wise, it still manages to feel like a breath of fresh air, due to its difference in style and settings.
It definitely feels like a more modern movie, though of course in today's light, it still is a very outdated movie. It's really a product of its time, with some funky '70's clothing, music and type of characters.
You could complain about it that this movie doesn't have enough vampire action in it, since this is definitely true but in all honesty, the same can be said for a lot of Dracula movies, also those from the Hammer studios. Blame Christopher Lee for that, since he was the one who was done with the character pretty early on already but agreed to still appear in Dracula movies as the count, probably just because it was quick, good money for him. But he always made sure his role was being as limited as possible and also his dialog always needed to be cut down to a minimum. But how can you be mad at Christopher Lee for that? after all, he's still an awesome and very charismatic Dracula, in every movie in which he plays the character.
Also good news about this movie is that Peter Cushing returns in it, as professor Van Helsing. Or well, a decedent of him of course. It had been 12 years and 5 Dracula movies ago he starred opposite Christopher Lee. And he was truly missed in the 4 Dracula movies which that he didn't appeared in. Not just because he was a great actor but also really since he has just as much screen-presence and charisma as Lee and was capable of counterbalancing him. All of the Dracula movies without him basically lack a good and strong enough lead, that besides was being a memorable and likable enough character.
You could argue about it if it truly adds something that this movie got set in 1972, since Dracula himself doesn't even ever get outside I believe but it does bring some originality and more creativity to the series, while still maintaining a good and typical Hammer studios horror style to it.
Oh, yeah! Sock it to me, Dracula!
One thing in life that I always enjoyed in my childhood was me and my mom watching the old Hammer Dracula films, they were always a blast to watch how Dracula would get himself back out of the coffin once again for the next sequel. I was able to find a DVD set with 4 Hammer Dracula movies which included one that I hadn't seen: Dracula AD 1972. I didn't even hesitate to buy the DVD and watch Dracula AD 1972 first thing when I got home. I know that these movies are technically bad and very silly, but still I enjoy watching them, Christopher Lee as Dracula in the 70's, you can't go wrong. Although I thought it would have been funnier if he went out into the city to see how people would react to him dressed in that same outfit, just watch the movie Love At First Bite, that's a great example of Dracula existing in a modern world and is absolutely hilarious. I think this movie was mainly made though because of the small success that was Count Yorga, another 1970's vampire movie that is pretty good, they wanted to ride the same roller coaster and see where they could take Dracula next.
In1872, Count Dracula and his enemy Lawrence Van Helsing battle on the top of a runaway coach. It crashes and Dracula is impaled by one of the wheels. Van Helsing dies from his wounds. One hundred years later, we are introduced to a group of young hippies that includes Jessica Van Helsing, granddaughter of Van Helsing, a descendant of Dracula's old nemesis and an expert on the occult, and Johnny Alucard, who is a disciple of Dracula. Alucard persuades Jessica and the others to attend a black magic ceremony in the now abandoned, desecrated St Bartolph's, where he performs a bloody ritual involving one of their group, Laura. Jessica and the others flee in horror, after which Dracula is resurrected and kills Laura. Laura's body is discovered, drained of blood, and a police investigation begins, headed by an Inspector Murray. Van Helsing, who is shocked to learn the details of Laura's death. Alucard is turned into a vampire. The vampire Alucard lures Jessica's boyfriend, Bob, and he turns him into a vampire as well. While Lorrimer is out, Bob goes to the Van Helsing house and persuades Jessica to come to the café, where he and Alucard capture her and take her to Dracula, dun dun dun! Dracula in the 70's man, how groovy.
Dracula AD 1972 isn't a bad movie, it did make me laugh quite a few times, to think that this is what my parents were like in the 1970's is just disturbing, lol. But the script was such a blast to be displayed on the screen. You got very pretty actors including the gorgeous Caroline Munro, who is very under rated and Christopher Neame who I swear is Malcolm McDoweell's under appreciated brother because all those looks that Chris gave to the camera I think was inspired by A Clockwork Orange. Over all if you are into the old Hammer Dracula films, this is definitely worth the look. Even if you're not, I think this is a fun little time capsule to see how scary the 1970's were in the fashion world and how they spoke, what was so "groovy, man". Sock it to me, Dracky, baby! I had a good time watching Dracula AD 1972.
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