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Dracula Today (1972)
"Dracula A.D. 1972" (original title)

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Johnny Alucard raises Count Dracula(Christopher Lee) from the dead in 1972 London. The Count goes after the descendents of Van Helsing.

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In London 1872 - the final battle between Lawrence van Helsing and Count Dracula on top of a coach results in Dracula dying from a stake made from the remains of a wooden wheel. Lawrence dies from his wounds and, as he is buried, a servant of Dracula buries the remains of the stake by the grave and keeps a bottle of Dracula's ashes and the ring. One hundred years later, the colourful 1972, Johnny, the great-grandson of the servant joins up with a "group" containing Jessica, the grand-daughter of the present vampire hunter, Abraham van Helsing and with their unknowing help resurrect Dracula in the 20th Century who is determined to destroy the house of Van Helsing, but who can believe that The king of the Vampires really exists and is alive - in 20th Century London? Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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The Count is back, with an eye for London's hotpants . . . and a taste for everything See more »

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Fantasy | Horror

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17 November 1972 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Trivia

Paul Annett was offered the chance to direct this project. See more »

Quotes

Professor Van Helsing: There is a Satan.
Inspector: Of course. Otherwise we wouldn't need a police force, would we?
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Written by Sal Valentino
Performed by Stoneground
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certainly one of Peter Cushing's better performances
17 September 2009 | by (Greenwich - London) – See all my reviews

So at a ripe old age I have finally got around to watching a film that I spurned on it's original release in favour of one or another European art-house movies and unlike die-hard Hammer fans find it very easy to enjoy. It is certainly one of Peter Cushing's better performances. I find he can tend to be a bit dry or very economical with his acting but here he is full of enthusiasm and in his pivotal role helps to involve us into the story. Christopher Lee, who again can be very lazy, here puts in a most effective and majestic performance. Neither of them, however, do as much as the charismatic, Christopher Neame, who grabs hold of his Chelsea followers and us from the very start. It's a great start too. Well, two really with the pre-credit sequence depicting events a hundred years before and then the 'swinging sixties' update and a most effective musical set from Stoneground. I don't think I've ever seen a musical number work so well in such circumstances, not even The Yardbirds in Antonioni's, 'Blow Up'. PS: Oh and there are some rather nice bosoms on display!


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