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Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)

Johnny Alucard raises Count Dracula from the dead in London in 1972. The Count goes after the descendants of Van Helsing.

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Dracula jagt Mini-Mädchen  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Jessica Van Helsing was originally written to be the daughter of Professor Van Helsing. However, the death of Cushing's wife aged him considerably, so the script was quickly re-written to make him Jessica's grandfather. See more »

Goofs

The action supposedly takes place over a Friday-Sunday in September, 1972. On the Friday night, Jessica says Lawrence Van Helsing died September 18, 100 years ago to the day, but that Friday in 1972 was September 15. See more »

Quotes

Professor Van Helsing: Do old ideas rest comfortably in an open mind...?
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Crazy Credits

The words "Rest in Final Peace" appear on screen before the end credits roll. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

You Better Come Through
Written by Tim Barnes
Performed by Stoneground
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Good fun, but not up to scratch.
29 January 2003 | by (Newcastle, UK) – See all my reviews

An interesting entry into the series, but really, I feel there was still life in the 19th Century time frame. Bringing Dracula to the 70s was, I think a mistake. Christopher Lee seems to be mostly forgotten and never gets the opportunity to get out and do what he does best. He remains in an old disused church for the whole film and only has a few decent scenes. We have Peter Cushing here, of course, playing an excellent part as Van Helsing, which somewhat saves the film. Decent portrayals by Lee, Cushing, Beacham, Munroe and Neame are worth watching. The 2 best things about this movie are , 1, the opening. Hyde Park, and Dracula and Van Helsing and racing through on a horse drawn carriage battling it out. The carriage crashes and they are both thrown. Van Helsing recieving fatal wounds and Dracula impaled on a broken wheel. Pretty good stuff, although not enough lighting was used so the carriage top battle and following events are rather hard to see. 2, the finale. As Van Helsing plans to destroy Dracula he drives a silver bladed knife through the Count's heart, only to be removed by his Granddaughter Jessica. Van Helsing then lures Dracula out to his death. The first few moments between Lee and Cushing in this final battle are classic, and for the first time in the series history, the 2 main characters speak to each other. The film is worth a look, if you`re a fan of modern horror then Lee and Cushing will seem a little lost, but if you`re a fan of the old Hammer Dracula films, take a look, with the beginning and the end, you just might like it.


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