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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 ... See full summary »

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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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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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Prof. Lorrimer Van Helsing: [Urbanely to D.D. Denham, to hide that he is onto something] What are you going to do with me? You can't let me go, can you? I know too much. Do you mind if I smoke? It's a bad habit, I know, but it helps me to concentrate.
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Well... humdinger
10 September 2006 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

This last of the Hammer Dracula horror films is fairly simple really. It's a decent production budget and some talented acting thrown into a weak script and an embarrassingly nonsensical story line. Still, some of the cinematography is interesting, and the acting talent manages to maintain its dignity - especially the stalwart Cushing. And yes! That is the same Lumley of Ab Fab fame!

Christopher Lee is only in the film for a short time, and his primary role is to lumber around looking menacing, and to fight environmental hazards. He actually gets into a lengthy battle with a Hawthorn bush at one point. Apparently, Dracula wants a wife and because of his general dislike of Van Helsing, he has decided to abduct his daughter. Human sacrifice and other vaguely satanic rituals occur near the beginning of the film and generate a bit of tension, but these interesting scenes are only vaguely connected to the plot which finally develops about mid way through the film. It mostly makes sense, if you have the patience to follow it and the will to suspend a mountain of disbelief, but how much of it was really necessary?

The female roles in this film are decidedly disposable - not at all unusual for the time of production. Most of the women don't even achieve the distinction of being sex objects. The only somewhat interesting female role is Barbara Yu Ling's creepy character.

Besides seeing Lee play Dracula one more time, and some of the rest of the acting (especially Cushing and Jones), there is very little to recommend this film. For fans only.


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