Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)
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as Jessica Van Helsing
as Detective Sgt. Pearson
as Count Dracula
as Prof. Van Helsing
as Johnny Alucard
as Joe Mitchum
as Rock Group
Critic Reviews for Dracula A.D. 1972
Dracula A.D. 1972 isn't a great movie. But it is an undeniable hoot to watch especially if, like the Count, "you've got an eye for London's hot pants... " And who doesn't, really?
This isn't a terrific rationale for another horror flick but, given Miss Beacham's ability to heave, and her bosom to heave with, it will have to do.
Some fun moments, especially the fights between the two Van Helsings and Dracula, but sadly a lot of middle is a bit meh, and the opening 70s shot is near-torturous...
The disappointment involving Dracula A.D. 1972 is that the title character never ventures outside his hiding ground, missing a rich opportunity for some interesting juxtapositions.
Audience Reviews for Dracula A.D. 1972
Actually a pretty good vampire movie for a movie with the year in the title. Lee is brilliant as Dracula as usual, even if the rest of the cast is bad. It's not great, but I enjoyed it.
If nothing else, Dracula A.D. 1972 will prove that Hammer was on its way out and its best days were behind it. Unfortunately, this movie isn't much more than gimmicky fodder for some MST3K-styled razzing. Christopher Lee is barely passable despite the fact that he helped define the role of Dracula and Peter Cushing almost seems age inappropriate in his role once he goes into vampire hunting mode. There's plenty of foxiness to drool over but if these guys are supposed to be teenagers I'm supposed to be Jesus' understudy. The blatantly modern setting (which I understand is supposed to be the point) makes Dracula A.D. 1972 not feel like a Hammer movie. Some effects were neat, but since when the hell can you kill a vampire with regular, tap, non-holy water?
I don't know what all the fuss is about here. People seem to really loathe this entry, but I really dig this update of the Hammer Dracula series and I think it was about time some fresh ideas were thrown in there. Yeah, there's that cheesy 70's jazz soundtrack, but it adds a lot of charm and sets it beautifully in the era in which it was produced. I particularly enjoyed a lot of the camera work and angles by Dick Bush. I'm actually shocked it got made at all, to be honest. It's so over-the-top and modernized, I can't believe that Cushing and Lee had anything to do with it. Though, in those days, these men were working actors, so I guess I shouldn't be too surprised. Not that that detracts from the film - it's just a marvelous and crazy film that most people hate but I particularly enjoyed it.
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