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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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Joe Mitcham
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Mrs. Donnelly
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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 Time: Now. The Place: Kings Road, Chelsea. The Killer: Count Dracula. 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

The title was changed to "Dracula Today" for its August 28, 1981 airing on The CBS Late Movie. See more »

Quotes

Jessica Van Helsing: Why don't we go in the front way?
Bob: That's full of geeks and newspaper men.
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Soundtracks

""Black Mass: An Electric Storm in Hell" (uncredited)
Music by Delia Derbyshire, Brian Hodgson, David Vorhaus and Paul Lytton
Performed by White Noise
Courtesy of Island Records
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Work of accidental genius
17 February 1999 | by (Cardiff, Wales) – See all my reviews

Although it feels a bit thrown together, with its day as night shots, total lack of continuity and dreadful soundtrack, this film succeeds as a comic masterpiece. It's difficult to describe the amount of pleasure that can be gained through Christopher Neame's outrageous performance as Johnny Alucard (Van Helsing's solving of the anagram is one of many magnificent unintentionally comic moments, worthy of Tom Baker at his most insincere).

Both Cushing and Lee try desperately to bring a sense of gravitas to the lunatic proceedings (how do vampires survive when it's raining?), but it does become apparent that the series was reaching its natural conclusion.

I've laughed so much it's been impossible to stand up during this. Memorable quotes include: "Dig the music, kids", "Foul, ghastly, horrible, obscene murder" and "A black mass? I mean, honestly." And while we're on it the black mass itself is absolutely wonderful.

How did they ever think this wouldn't date? By 75 it was hysterical.

Rush and see it, you'll be mightily rewarded.


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