9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
An excellent film, with an undeserved reputation,
This review is from: Dracula A.D. 1972 [DVD]  (DVD)
Many reviews of this film complain about telling the Dracula story in (what was then) the present, saying that this story belongs in some distant past setting. This is exactly the same criticism that was levelled against Stoker's book when it was first published. He too had put Dracula in modern day London, and the critics didn't like it then either.
Sticking with Stoker's novel, the epilogue is an excerpt from Harker's journal saying that they would not tell the world their story, but keep all the journals in the safe until Mina's child was old enough to read them. So every Dracula film where everyone has heard of Dracula, and immediately knows how to fight off a vampire is totally going against Stoker's story. Only this film stays true to the original book, nobody knows who Dracula is, or even what vampires are. Even Alucard's name (so obvious to us) would not have been at all obvious in a world where the name Dracula was not known.
So, that's two reasons that this could be considered the film that is most faithful to Stoker's original vision.
There are other things to like in there too, Cushing and Lee reunited, Stephanie Beacham, the beautiful Caroline Munro, the excellent Stoneground (two of their CDs are available here on Amazon) Christopher Neame,
and did I mention Caroline Munro? Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
And then there's the plot, which is often referred to as weak and formulaic, but I would argue that in the context of the time, it was in fact a very brave and edgy plot. It goes like this...
There's a bunch of easy going, happy go lucky hippies, then one charismatic man becomes their leader, and corrupts them so entirely that they become the epitome of evil, filled with unspeakable bloodlust.
To make a film with that plot, so soon after the Manson family shocked the world, I think deserves much more praise than it gets.
All in all, a great little film, far closer to Stoker's original vision than many others, fun, entertaining, and deserving of a better reputation than it has.
Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-1 of 1 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 30 Jan 2012 11:40:47 GMT
Ken Raus says:
Two good points well made.
‹ Previous 1 Next ›