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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars (Un)dead groovy, man!
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...
Published on 13 Feb 2007 by Jeremy W. Newbould

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3.0 out of 5 stars Like, Taste the Blood of Dracula, kids!
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...
Published on 15 Dec 2007 by Trevor Willsmer


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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This has an undeserved reputation., 2 Jun 2000
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This review is from: Dracula Ad 1972 [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I was at a film lecture recently in which the lecturer showed the opening five minutes of this film as an example of the way not to make a horror film. However, I was thought the film looked strangely enticing, in concept at least. When I watched it all I wasn't dissapointed. It may be unbelievably crass and corny at times, but it has an electric pace and blood curdling charm to it that easily makes up for any faults. Never listen to a film lecturer is my advice.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Circa sixties style rock goth's.YUMMY!, 8 Feb 2001
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This review is from: Dracula Ad 1972 [VHS] (VHS Tape)
My mom loved this movie when I was a kid and creature feature also loved it with the way they used to show this one.The plot is a little weak but the appearance of that tasty brit Shane Bryant makes this one well worth a watch as well as the ever fab Christopher Lee.One of the only modern takes on horror, as opposed to period films, that I believe Hammer ever made.A classic.
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2.0 out of 5 stars 1972 and all that, 5 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Dracula A.D. 1972 [DVD] (DVD)
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 spoke (quite novel). Fast forward to 1972 and not-so-swinging London, suffering a major hangover from the sixties - 'that gig went out with miniskirts.' Here, a gang of twenty-something teenagers (think Please Sir) and amateur satanist Johnny Alucard (Dracula sdrawkcab) summon Dracula during a ritual in a decommissioned church. There follows the familiar pattern of Cushing (Van Helsing's descendent) convincing unbelievers while Dracula sets his sights on Van Helsing's grand-daughter (Stephanie Beacham).
This film seems even more dated than the others set in Victorian mittel-Europe - there's the weird seventies hairstyles, clothes and above all dialogue - 'wild', 'cool', 'for kicks', 'hang-ups', 'mind-blowing', 'kinky', 'way out', 'that sort of jazz' etc - which just doesn't fit a film with Dracula in it. The worst Hammer Dracula, (even worse that The Satanic Rites of Dracula) primarily because if follows a bunch of annoying hippies (including a young Michael Kitchen who probably still regrets it to this day) led by Christopher Neame. Coupled with this, there is not enough Lee/Cushing, there is a poor contemporary jazzy/guitar music score (dispensing with James Bernard's glorious work), a distinctly average script (peppered with maaans), crappy direction from Alan Gibson (who frames his scenes in odd ways like having the back of someone's head in the foreground) and an appearance by 70's no-marks Stoneground. The plus points are Lee and Cushing (who lend the film more gravitas that it deserves) and Caroline Munro and Stephanie Beacham as a pair of fit, busty, 70's dolly-birds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better by the third watch, 26 Mar 2012
This review is from: Dracula A.D. 1972 [DVD] (DVD)
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 the time its set in, out of the 19th century and into the 1970,s, the victorian setting really suited hammer's dracula films but this change helps prevent the series from becoming too tired. Both peter cushing and christopher lee put in their usual great performances and the acting from the rest of the cast is also good, most of the time.In general its well written, well acted and well directed
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4.0 out of 5 stars fond memories, 28 Feb 2012
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This review is from: Dracula A.D. 1972 [DVD] (DVD)
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 name,but i can forgive that as it is an excellent sequence.secondly is the opening title music really bad 70s sweeney type sound.thirdly is the groovy man type speaking it does get on your nerves and does not help at all.the good points stephanie beechams boobs and the reuniting of lee and cushing just as they should be,cushing is great in this film his performance can rival any other of his as van helsing.here the pluses outweigh the negatives and its actually a good movie especially if you grew up in the early seventies and can remember this time and this movie.the seventies was camp which is why this film comes over in that way all the same i love this movie it brings back memories especially the terrible clothes.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Constant Struggle, 7 Aug 2011
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This review is from: Dracula A.D. 1972 [DVD] (DVD)
This is one of those movies that is so bad that you will spend most of the film considering pressing the stop button on your remote control, if not all of the film.
After paying for this DVD there feels an obligation to carry on and watch it so you haven't wasted your money. But consider this instead that this is 92 minutes of your life that you will never get back !
It is slow paced, badly scripted, ridiculous, at times badly acted, with no tension at all. I am a fan of this genre and love Hammer films but this has to be a contender for their worst. If you haven't already got the message DON'T BUY THIS !!!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Hammer Dracula film, 27 Jan 2013
This review is from: Dracula A.D. 1972 [DVD] (DVD)
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 Dracula. However, it is also notable for being Hammer's first attempt at bringing the Count into a more contemporary setting, which was 70's London. This, in my opinion, just doesn't work and I think it was a big mistake to move the time setting to the modern day, because Dracula just doesn't belong in the King's Road, surrounded by hippies and mini-skirts. This was one of Hammer's worst films and that showed at the box-office, because it was also one of their less profitable films. The film seems terribly dated now and it must have looked that way when it was first released too. The only two things that save this film from total mediocrity are Cushing and Lee. That is the only reason that I have not given this terrible film one star. If you like Hammer horror, or Hammer's Dracula films, then I would advise you to avoid this film like the plague, because it does not show Hammer at their best. I think that some of the other reviewers have been far too kind to this film, because it just does not deserve it. Quite simply, crap.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very corny, but violent!, 1 Nov 2003
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This review is from: Dracula Ad 1972 [VHS] (VHS Tape)
After the 'Scars of Dracula' (which was the last gothic Dracula movie) the standards dropped. This film is proof of that. Christopher Lee no longer looks scary, infact he looks a bit stupid. Peter Cushing by this point was looking far too old, especially in the scene where he is running through the streets.
This is a typical seventies movie. Rubbish music and hippy style scenery. Seeing Count Dracula in the 1970's does look ridiculous and you can't help but remember the fantastic original movie. By this point Hammer had took it a little to far. Not as bad as 'the Satanic Rites of Dracula' but still a very dissapointing film that you find hard to take serious.
The story is not very original. The count is ressurected yet again and yet again wants to take revenge on Proffesor Van Helsing (or rather his Grand daughter). A boring film, you really don't care if the characters live or not.
Buy one of the classic Dracula films such as 'Dracula Prince of Darkness' or Dracula has Risen from the Grave' but you can give this a miss. I also suggest you give the original 'Dracula' starring Bela Lugosi a viewing.
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