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Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)

PG | | Horror | 17 November 1972 (USA)
Johnny Alucard raises Count Dracula from the dead in London in 1972. The Count goes after the descendants of Van Helsing.

Director:

Alan Gibson

Writer:

Don Houghton (screen-play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lee ... Count Dracula
Peter Cushing ... Professor Lorrimer Van Helsing
Stephanie Beacham ... Jessica Van Helsing
Christopher Neame ... Johnny Alucard
Michael Coles ... Inspector Murray
Marsha A. Hunt ... Gaynor (as Marsha Hunt)
Caroline Munro ... Laura Bellows
Janet Key Janet Key ... Anna
William Ellis William Ellis ... Joe Mitcham
Philip Miller Philip Miller ... Bob
Michael Kitchen ... Greg
David Andrews David Andrews ... Detective Sergeant
Lally Bowers ... Matron
Constance Luttrell Constance Luttrell ... Mrs. Donnelly
Michael Daly Michael Daly ... Charles
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The Count is back -- with an eye for London's young blood! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

17 November 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dracula jagt Mini-Mädchen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first of two movies that Caroline Munro made under her Hammer contract. The second being Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974). See more »

Goofs

In the closing credits, Proffessor is mispelled. See more »

Quotes

Detective Sergeant: Any chance of a cup of coffee and a cheese roll, sir? I'm starving!
Inspector: Don't know if they're serving coffee and cheese rolls at Joe's party, but I'll see what I can do for you. Let's get over there and find out what they are doing... before it's all over.
Detective Sergeant: It's going to be a bit heavy going, sir, don't you think? Trying to interview a bunch of kids while there's a party going on?
Inspector: Sergeant, I'll bet you a pound to a pinch of shit... that there's a little piece of hash at that party... and if there ...
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in The Trail of Dracula (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

You Better Come Through
Written by Tim Barnes
Performed by Stoneground
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Work of accidental genius
17 February 1999 | by al-147See 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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