Dracula A.D. 1972
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"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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've had this on VHS for some time as I do of all Hammer movies and then bought the DVD's as they wore down but never replaced this one. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bela
This movie is surprisingly coherent, fantastically acted, well-scored, and ludicrous beyond belief, and it's well worth three dollars for a rental, oh my god.Published 8 months ago by Rebecca Whitehead
This is my man, he always gets the fine girls, with no screaming " smile"
and looks cool all the time.
Movie came as described, haven't seen it since the 70's but was Great with the memories.Published 9 months ago by Sylvia D. Ashford
Peter Cushing portrays Van Helsing while Christopher Lee plays probably the most terrifying Dracula I've ever seen! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mark Fair
Hammer Studios never seemed more out of touch than when they released this attempt to bring the Christopher Lee/Peter Cushing Dracula movies to the present day. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Joseph H Smart