Dracula A.D. 1972

Dracula A.D. 1972

Director: Alan Gibson Cast: Stephanie Beacham, Marsha Hunt, David Andrews


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Hammer Studios attempted to inject new blood into their Dracula series by setting their next installment in ultra-mod '70s London, where the Count is revived after 100 years by a gang of devil-worshipping swingers led by the not-so-cleverly-named Johnny Alucard (Christopher Neame), and later joined by Jessica (Stephanie Beacham), granddaughter of the legendary vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing (Peter Cushing, returning to the role after more than a decade). After the group manages to resurrect the Count, he sets about the task of destroying the house of Van Helsing once and forever, leading to a battle in a de-sanctified cathedral. Despite some well-staged scenes, a thrilling prologue (involving a tense battle between Lee and Cushing aboard a runaway coach) and the presence of the stunning Caroline Munro, this is definitely one of the weaker entries in the series, and the script gives Lee very little to do with the hissing, red-eyed villain. Lee may have been bored with reprising the role altogether, as he would only return for one more sequel, The Satanic Rites of Dracula.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/16/2018
UPC: 0888574722630
Original Release: 1972
Rating: PG
Source: Warner Archives
Sales rank: 15,146

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stephanie Beacham Jessica Van Helsing
Marsha Hunt Gaynor
David Andrews Detective Sgt. Pearson
Lally Bowers Matron
Janet Key Anna
Stoneground Rock Group
Michael Kitchen Greg
Philip Miller Bob
Caroline Munro Laura
Christopher Lee Count Dracula
Peter Cushing Prof. Van Helsing
Christopher Neame Johnny Alucard
Michael Coles Inspector
William Ellis Joe Mitchum

Technical Credits
Alan Gibson Director
Tim Barnes Songwriter
Les Bowie Special Effects
Dick Bush Cinematographer
Jill Carpenter Makeup
Josephine Douglas Producer
Don Houghton Screenwriter
A.W. Lumkin Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Lynn Asst. Director
Don Mingaye Production Designer
James Needs Editor
Sal Valentino Songwriter
Mike Vickers Score Composer

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