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Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)

Christopher Lee , Peter Cushing , Alan Gibson  |  PG |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Stephanie Beacham, Christopher Neame, Michael Coles
  • Directors: Alan Gibson
  • Writers: Bram Stoker, Don Houghton
  • Producers: Josephine Douglas, Michael Carreras
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A0GOG4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,978 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dracula A.D. 1972" on IMDb

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London's become a small town for a handful of jaded psychedelic-era hipsters. But Johnny Alucard has a groovy new way for his pals to get their kicks. A certain ritual will be the living end, he insists. And if you still wonder where Johnny's coming from, try spelling his last name backwards. Dracula is raised into the modern era in this Hammer Studios shocker that's "quite well done" (John Stanley, Creature Features). Christopher Lee dons the cape for the sixth time and seeks out fresh victims. As archnemesis Van Helsing, fellow horror legend Peter Cushing clutches a vial of holy water and edges within throwing distance. Their harrowing battle royale is not to be missed. In fact, it's the living end. Director: Alan Gibson Starring: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Stephanie Beacham

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It was only a matter of time before Christopher Lee's Dracula visited Swinging London, arriving fashionably late for the party in 1972. In Dracula A.D. 1972, Count D was dispatched in the 19th century with a carriage-wheel spoke. The vampire's ashes and fancy ring are handed down to a young Londoner named Johnny Alucard (Christopher Neame) who looks as though he's seen A Clockwork Orange too many times. Proposing that his hippie posse look for new kicks ("yet as old as time"), he holds a Black Mass and summons you-know-who. Peter Cushing joins Lee yet again; luscious Stephanie Beacham, in an amazing shag haircut and purple velvet, is Cushing's granddaughter. She considers grandpa's scientific interests "way out," but then again, their last name is Van Helsing.. The time-period switch makes the grooviness seem laughable, although otherwise this is an acceptable outing, especially for Lee's suave, overtly sexual take on the role. It was his penultimate entry in the Hammer Dracula series, and is certainly better than the finale, The Satanic Rites of Dracula. --Robert Horton

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A terribly underappreciated gem! October 3, 2005
Format:DVD
I find it amusing that many fans absolutely gush over "Taste the Blood of Dracula," yet completely dump on this one, when they're basically the same film. A group of friends, bored with their lives, decide that performing a black mass ritual that will literally raise Hell sounds like a fun new way to get kicks, and just happen to resurrect a thoroughly pissed-off Count Dracula in the process. That's the premise of both movies, and both movies carry it off nicely.

"Dracula A.D. 1972" admittedly contains some awkward moments, most notably the absurd and insulting scene in which the brilliant Prof. Van Helsing has to write the name 'Alucard' down on paper and study it before making the all-too-terribly-obvious connection to his family's arch-nemesis, but these are nit-picks. It's a beautifully-photographed, slickly-produced and generally well-acted piece, featuring both Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee at the height of their game. The '70s pop soundtrack, much-maligned, is actually quite effective and suits the movie. It's fast-paced, entertaining fun, and isn't that all any genre film really needs to be?

If you love Hammer Horror as I do, appreciate the work of the legendary Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, and/or just have a nostalgic appreciation for movies of this very bygone era, please ignore the bad press and give this classic film a chance.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dracula versus debauched 70s youth culture March 31, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
"Dracula A.D. 1972," starring Christopher Lee as the titular vampire, is one bizarre film. It starts with a prologue set in the 1800s: Lee's Dracula is shown in battle with his nemesis Van Helsing (Peter Cushing). As the title indicates, the main body of the film brings Dracula into the 1970s, where he battles Van Helsing's descendant (also played by Cushing). Also along for the horror is a young Stephanie Beacham as the second Van Helsing's lovely granddaughter.
The film tries to blend traditional vampiric horror with 70s style youth culture: thus the elements of sex (discretely), drugs, and rock 'n' roll permeate the film. To early 21st century viewers, the swingin' music, outrageous mod clothes, hairdos, and wannabe hip slang ("Weird, man. Way out") of the young cast may come off as more campy than anything else, but it does make the film fun.
Lee is compelling as Dracula: articulate and elegant, yet feral. Unfortunately, his screen time is sparse; his amounts to little more than a small supporting role. The real star of the film is Cushing as the 20th century Van Helsing. The classy Cushing projects real intelligence and ability as his character. He brings total conviction to every scene, and has solid chemistry with Beacham (although I think his hands come a little too close to her bosom in a couple of scenes--watch it, "Grandpa"!). "Dracula A.D. 1972" may be far from the best of the many Dracula films, but Cushing and Lee make it worthwhile.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Was Mike Myers watching this when he thought up Austin? February 5, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Very interesting entry in the Hammer Dracula series...by this time, they were generally running out of ideas, and decided to put the Count in a contemporary setting. But they went way overboard with the "mod" 70's hippie scenes...these are right out of "Austin Powers", and that character would have fit right in helping Van Helsing fight off Dracula. Aside from that, Cushing and Lee have typical powerful performances which carry the film. And the incredible women, like Munro sure are easy on the eyes. Dracula vs. Powers could have been the title to this, but the film moves at a good pace if you can stomach 37 year old hippies trying to act like teenagers. It is a lot less boring and slow moving than some of the other Hammer Dracula films. All in all, a film well worth watching if you love Hammer or basic cheesiness.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars London Stake House. June 4, 2002
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Changes in directors, budgets, and vision at Hammer Studios had its effect. This is an odd entry in the Dracula series. It blends familiar gothic elements with a "modern" setting. After a pulse-pounding prologue, showing the Victorian-era Dracula impaled on a broken carriage wheel, the action fast-forwards 100 years to 1972. Bored with sex, drugs, and rock n' roll, a motley crew of aging British hippies resurrect Dracula in a de-sanctified church. Dracula decides to settle old debts by taking Van Helsing's granddaughter as his bloody bride. This is a fine opportunity to see legendary Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee perpetuate their long running battle of good vs. evil. Mist-shrouded scenes of Dracula in the ruins of the profaned church are visually effective. Lee's towering, menacing presence in the flowing black cape adds to the fun. His feral lust for the blood of young women is frankly sexual. Instead of typical Hammer heaving bosoms in Victorian bodices, we have substantial cleavage in '70s gauche courtesy of Stephanie Beacham, Caroline Munro, et al. Sex and the vampire are never far apart, regardless of the era. The penetration is of the fangs in the neck variety, but we get the idea. Peter Cushing looks emaciated and gaunt. As Van Helsing, he uses superior cunning to foil Dracula's supernatural power. Their climactic confrontation recalls the showdown from "Horror of Dracula." Some groaning humor lightens the mood. Johnny Alucard is Dracula's mod disciple. His name spelled backwards is significant. A street scene focuses briefly on a restaurant called "London Steak House." The film falls short of classic Hammer standards. Even so, Hammer Horror Heads and classic horror collectors will be pleased with this flick. ;-)
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2.0 out of 5 stars I don't like it
C Lee is good, but the movie itself is to short and generally not good.
Published 1 month ago by vincent callender
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Eric P. Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Swinging Vampires
1972. Hippies, pot busts, rock and roll, Dracula? At least it's over in a quick 96 minutes. This is best for completion purposes. Read more
Published 2 months ago by doctor67
3.0 out of 5 stars 70,s horror
I love old hammer films ! Chris Lee is my fav Dracula . This is not his best by far but peter Cushing and Christopher lee together I could not pass up ! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sadcelticlady
1.0 out of 5 stars Corny. There was no real mystery. They jumped ...
Corny. There was no real mystery. They jumped from 1872 to 1972. This was one hundred years latter and yet Dracula's grave sight was found with no means to know how it was found... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gordon R. Nadolni
4.0 out of 5 stars Deal with the Devil
Apparently this was a flop for Hammer and one of the last gasps of that studio in its first incarnation, but I found it to be one of the better Hammer Draculas. Read more
Published 5 months ago by El Mattador
2.0 out of 5 stars To modern
Based to much on modern time. Was not like the old films. It was to
much focus on other people.
Published 6 months ago by diane krieger
4.0 out of 5 stars Much Better Than Its Reputation
Alright, putting Dracula in a 70s setting is a silly idea, particularly to Stoker purists (Christopher Lee included). Read more
Published 12 months ago by FritzFassbender
2.0 out of 5 stars Almost Unwatchable...
...that was my assessment in 1972 when I was 20 years old and right in the middle of the target demographic for this film. What would my reaction be 40 years later? Read more
Published 13 months ago by Chip Kaufmann
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Film, recommend to Dracula Fans
I was in for watching some horror films, and this one is certainly not too bad, though can be awkward to those who expect it to be your medieval horror film, but it doesn't stop it... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Classic GameFan1991
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