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The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) Poster

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This was Christopher Lee's final appearance as Count Dracula in the Hammer "Dracula" series. However, he later reprised his role in the French comedy Dracula and Son (1976).
This was the final Hammer film in which both Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing appear.
Michael Coles reprises his role as Inspector Murray from Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972). Besides Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, he was the only actor to play the same character in more than one Hammer "Dracula" film.
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As an in joke, Dracula's lair was named Pelham House, a clear reference to retiring Sir James Carreras' house at Pelham Place in London.
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Stephanie Beacham was intended to reprise her role as Jessica Van Helsing from Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972) but was unavailable.
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This was the final Hammer film to be completed under the aegis of company chairman Sir James Carreras.
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The film takes place in November 1974.
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Marc Zuber replaced Ian Dewar.
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This was John Harvey's final Hammer film.
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The character of Jessica Van Helsing has been played in each respective Hammer Dracula by an actress who'd portray a character romantically linked to Ken Barlow in Coronation Street - Stephanie Beacham, in 2009, and Joanna Lumley, in 1973
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Dracula, in this film, poses as a multi-millionaire who is never seen in public and never photographed - a 1970s audience would inevitably be reminded of the eccentric and reclusive Howard Hughes.
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The skyscraper in which Dracula appears to live in this film is Centre Point, a notorious London landmark in the 1970s which, although one of the biggest buildings in Europe, was, for some years after completion, in reality unoccupied.
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Christopher Lee only appears in the last 30 minutes of the film. He does not appear in the first hour.
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Christopher Lee later claimed that, for his death scene, he had to tear his way through actual hawthorn bushes, shedding real blood on the sharp thorns.
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