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3.0 out of 5 stars Like, Taste the Blood of Dracula, kids!, 15 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Dracula A.D. 1972 [DVD] [1972] (DVD)
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?"). Yet despite the clumsily handled prologue and finale it's fairly entertaining even if it is completely derivative, perhaps even more entertaining now than when it was released because its hip and happening trappings are far funnier than the intentional comic relief - not least Johnny Alucard urging "Dig the music, kids!" during the black mass - and it's a lot better than Dracula 2000.

The DVD also includes the wonderfully over the top trailer - "Are you ready? He's ready. He's waiting to freak you out - right out of this world!" - but not the short making of documentary from when the picture was still called Dracula Today (other rejected titles included Dracula Chases the Mini Girls and Dracula Chelsea '72!).
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Showing 1-6 of 6 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 2 Oct 2010 16:25:29 BDT
Paul Ess. says:
You've attended to some important aspects of this film that have beeen scansalously neglected for far too long. Good work.

Posted on 13 Nov 2011 18:10:25 GMT
Ken Raus says:
Is there a dvd version that includes the docu,then?Thanks,whatever.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2011 19:15:41 GMT
Not that I know of, I'm afraid, but it is on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV3vOltnNNw

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2012 11:33:22 GMT
Ken Raus says:
Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2012 12:24:58 BDT
Ken Raus says:
Trevor,I guess the featurette,therefore is on Dracula jagt mini-maedchen?

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2012 18:55:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Aug 2012 18:55:18 BDT
Nein, ich fürchte. The German release is the same version as the UK.
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