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Dracula A.D. 1972 [DVD]

Peter Cushing , Stephanie Beacham , Alan Gibson    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Peter Cushing, Stephanie Beacham, Christopher Lee
  • Directors: Alan Gibson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B7KXDG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,524 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Yes, it's the one with a character called Johnny Alucard! The occasional attempt on the part of the cast to Frenchify this galumphing not-a-palindrome ("Johnny Alucarrrrr...") fools no-one, of course, because we all know this young anti-hero of the Chelsea set has a surname that spells "Dracula" backwards because he's the undead (or maybe reincarnated) servant of the fangsome menace himself. On the pretext of dragging his group of chums into a supposedly fake Black Mass by way of teenage kicks, Alucard of course succeeds in his aim of awakening the undead Count Dracula, who promptly swears vengeance on all and sundry. This is unsurprising, perhaps, given that one of the group is Jessica Van Helsing, youngest and firmest of the family which has battled the vampire for generations.

Dracula A.D. 1972 is a particularly camp entry in the long-running Hammer horror saga with lots of period detail for retro fans (although it's fascinating how, given only the usual brief production time-lag, the film is clearly a product of 60s pop culture and actually seems to pre-date its title by several years). Lee and Cushing are their usual dignified selves amidst the swinging Londoners, and Stephanie Beacham's bosom heaves magnificently in the time-honoured tradition. --Roger Thomas

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In this sequel to 'Scars of Dracula' (1970), Dracula (Christopher Lee) is called up from the grave where he has rested for over a century when a group of swinging 1970s Chelsea denizens hold a Black Mass. Converting the youngsters to vampirism, the Count sets out to wreak his revenge on the descendants of his old enemy, Professor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing).

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Like, Taste the Blood of Dracula, kids! 15 Dec 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
For reasons known only to the author, Bram Stoker's Dracula never included the line "Sergeant, I'll bet you a pound to a pinch of s**t that there's a little piece of hash at that party, and if there is, I've got them.", but the early 70s saw that particular oversight put right. Dracula A.D. 1972 saw Hammer trying to pump new life into the old Count with a new creative team whose big idea was basically to rehash the plot of Taste the Blood of Dracula in the 1970s with Christopher Neame in the Ralph Bates role as Johnny Alucard, here conning a thrill-seeking group of with it kids (Michael Kitchen and Caroline Munro among them) into making a date with the Devil with a Black Mass at the deconsecrated church that not only holds Lawrence Van Helsing's body (Lawrence? Whatever happened to Abraham?) and Dracula's ashes. "Okay, okay. But if we do get to summon up the big daddy with the horns and the tail, he gets to bring his own liquor, his own bird and his own pot."

As with the Godzilla films, the main attraction is kept off the screen for most of the running time - top-billed Christopher Lee's role is probably smaller in this than any other in the series, four brief scenes probably totalling no more than ten minutes. Worse still, looking more like Peter Sellers than Transylvanian aristocracy, he brings nothing except continuity to the part: he does what is asked of him with professionalism, but that's about it. Instead the bulk of the film is carried by Neame's Malcolm McDowell wannabe, second-billed Peter Cushing as Van Helsing's grandson Lorimar, Stephanie Beacham and Michael Coles' open-minded cop ("There is a Satan." "Of course. Otherwise we wouldn't need a police force, would we?").
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars (Un)dead groovy, man! 13 Feb 2007
Seeing this film again on DVD brings back fond memories as this was one of the first horror films I ever saw.

Nowadays this film seems very tame indeed (it was made before The Exorcist, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Freddy & Jason etc) but it is still a lot of fun. For starters it has a terrific cast. Christopher Lee is of course Count Dracula and Peter Cushing plays Lorimar Van Helsing, a modern day descendant of Lawrence Van Helsing. The Hammer Glamour is mainly provided by Stephanie Beacham (as Lorimar Van Helsing's grand daughter, Jessica) and the amazing Caroline Munro.

The movie begins with an all-action prologue with Lawrence Van Helsing (also played by Cushing) battling Dracula onboard a speeding horse-drawn coach in Hyde Park. The coach eventually crashes and Dracula is impaled on the spokes of a broken wheel (ouch!!!). Van Helsing also dies but not until he has witnessed the evil Count (no Carry On-Style gag intended there) reduced to a pile of dust. However, someone else has also witnessed the Count's demise...

The opening credits roll and we are then transported 100 years forward to the present day (well 1972, anyway). Dracula is resurrected by one of his disciples Johnny Alucard (hmmm... I wonder what you get if you spell that surname backwards?) in a black mass ceremony involving lots of blood and Dracula then sets out to wreak revenge on the Van Helsings by planning to make Jessica his vampire bride.

There are some wonderful set pieces in this film - the opening sequence is very well done and the showdown between Lorimar Van Helsing and Johnny Alucard is memorable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful clear print 15 Feb 2014
By H Root
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I remember seeing this when we were up in Leicester on a double glazing convention at the Holiday Inn in 1973. It was on as a double bill with Theatre of Blood at the Cinecentre (a sub-porno cinema with a lush bar) that was handy for the bookies, working girls and all-night blues dances. The film is a successful portrayal of the hippie ideology: sex drugs and Satanism. Only ‘Gimmie Shelter’ runs a close second in debunking the peace and love myth.

Stephanie Beecham is outstanding in the lead role and the highlight of the film as it reaches its climax is when Van Helsing painstakingly discovers that Mr ALUCARD may indeed be a wrong un.

Speaking of Leicester, this was the setting of the marvellous 1980s ‘Connie’ starring the glamorous Ms Beecham in a Dallas meets the midlands rag trade drama. It was supposed to be set in Nottingham but I recognised those Leicester bookies, boozers and red light districts. I still dig out my old VHS copy when the lady wife is away and Stephanie never fails to please.

Dorothy, (the good lady wife) cannot bear horror films (apart from Salon Kitty) so I watched this DVD sharing our black leather sofa with the voluptuous Marjorie from next door. Needless to say the mix of dolly birds and Lees’ erotic charge got us going and one thing led to another. So Marjorie and I had an early night.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Some 14 years and five sequels on from `The Horror of Dracula', the original and best Hammer film starring Christopher Lee as the anaemic Count and Peter Cushing as his stake wielding nemesis Van Helsing, comes this rather interesting attempt at reviving the ailing series.

Following from the success of the original film, a whole series of sequels followed. The quality got steadily worse, until the absolute nadir was reached with camp and terrible `The Scars of Dracula', which preceded this film. None of the films repeated the pairing of Lee and Cushing, until this one.

Deciding to try and recapture some of the old magic, and trying to take the series in a new direction, the producers brought back the classic double act of Lee and Cushing, and took the brave decision to update the series from the eighteenth century Gothic settings that had made Hammer's name, and set it in contemporary London.

Largely, it works well. Dracula is an undead being, with unlimited lifespan, so why not? The presence of Van Helsing 100 years after his last appearance is easily and believably explained by his being the grandson of the original. Lee and Cushing are both, as usual, excellent value for money, and in their scenes together the old magic does show through a bit. Stephanie Beecham is pretty good as Van Helsing's granddaughter, who is unwittingly involved in the resurrection of you know who, and becomes the target of his vengeance on the Van Helsing line. And Michael Cole is excellent as the police officer investigating a series of strange killings in which all of the victim's blood has been drained from their bodies - sound familiar to anyone?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars 1972 and all that
1872- Dracula and Van Helsing are fighting for their lives atop a stagecoach. It crashes and Van Helsing and Dracula are thrown from the carriage, Dracula being impaled on a wheel... Read more
Published 11 months ago by P.D.Nash
3.0 out of 5 stars Dracula A.D. 1972... Bad Mistake....Shoot The Script Writer
In spite of having Peter Cushing back in the cast as Van Helsing this film rung the death knell of the Dracula series as predicted by Christopher Lee himself. Read more
Published 11 months ago by JIMBO (Dublin,)
4.0 out of 5 stars An underrated Hammer Dracula film.
Some Hammer purists dislike the modern setting of this late entry in the Dracula series. I personally have no problem with it, in fact no more problem than the so-called... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Linton
5.0 out of 5 stars fangtastic
to all lee and csuhing fans this compliments the satanic rites if you can still get it as i did
Published 13 months ago by David Wareham
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Hammer Dracula film
This was Hammer's penultimate Dracula film, released in 1972. It is notable for the return of Peter Cushing as Van Helsing and Christopher Lee's usual towering performance as... Read more
Published 17 months ago by FJY
4.0 out of 5 stars Hammer cheese
Well the title says it all.
This is Hammer in all its cheesiness.

Good to see chris and peter slogging it out for one last round. Read more
Published on 9 May 2012 by Edgar Frog
4.0 out of 5 stars Better by the third watch
This is definitely the worst of the peter cushing and christopher lee dracula films but once you watch it at least twice its actually very good, the biggest change in story here is... Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2012 by PD
2.0 out of 5 stars Feels too forced
The biggest problem with Dracula AD 1972 is the script and that silly forgetful music band at the beginning of the movie. Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2012 by Colonel Decker
4.0 out of 5 stars fond memories
lets start with the bad points firstly the opening sequence is set in 1872 several years before the first meeting in the first movie and van helsing has a different christian... Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2012 by jed
5.0 out of 5 stars Ironic Anachronism.
This outing in the Hammer Dracula series seems to be a poor relation to the classical sixties set because of its relative modernity that ironically seems to date it more than those... Read more
Published on 5 Nov 2011 by Ken Raus
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