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The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)

 -  Horror  -  October 1978 (USA)
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In London in the 1970s, Scotland Yard police investigators think they have uncovered a case of vampirism. They call in an expert vampire researcher named Van Helsing (a descendant of the great vampire-hunter himself, no less) to help them put a stop to these hideous crimes. It becomes apparent that the culprit is Count Dracula himself, disguised as a reclusive property developer, but secretly plotting to unleash a fatal virus upon the world. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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The final Hammer film to be completed under the aegis of company chairman Sir James Carreras. See more »

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During their fist meeting with Van Helsing, he offers the men a cigarette from a cigarette box. He closes the lid and sets the box down on a table. In the next shot, the lid is open. See more »

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Amusingly schizophrenic 70s horror ultimately falls flat
31 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

This film brings Dracula back again in the 20th Century. Oddly, although this film stars Lee and Cushing, Britain's best horror actors, the tone and plot of the film are more like a 70s cop flick (or TV show like Baretta or Kojak) than gothic horror. One nice touch is that Dracula's attempt to create a new plague is seen as a twisted suicide attempt. Even this good idea is drummed into the ground, though. Typical of its stupidity are evil guys in bad leather/fur parkas, and an evil oriental woman.

Hammer fans might want to see it just for the sake of the performances, which are right on as always (from Lee and Cushing); horror fans in general should just seek out the much better "Horror of Dracula" (which has finally received an airing on DVD thanks to WB) or "Dracula: Prince of Darkness", both of which succeed in atmosphere and tone where this one tries to be different, but can't be anything more than slightly amusing.


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