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The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)

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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 Professor Lorrimer Van Helsing (a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lee ... Count Dracula
Peter Cushing ... Professor Lorrimer Van Helsing
Michael Coles ... Inspector Murray
William Franklyn William Franklyn ... Torrence
Freddie Jones ... Professor Julian Keeley
Joanna Lumley ... Jessica Van Helsing
Richard Vernon ... Mathews
Barbara Yu Ling Barbara Yu Ling ... Chin Yang
Patrick Barr ... Lord Carradine
Richard Mathews Richard Mathews ... Porter
Lockwood West Lockwood West ... Freeborne
Valerie Van Ost ... Jane
Maurice O'Connell Maurice O'Connell ... Hanson
Peter Adair Peter Adair ... Doctor
Maggie Fitzgerald Maggie Fitzgerald ... Vampire Girl
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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 Professor Lorrimer Van Helsing (a descendant of the great vampire-hunter Dr. Abraham Van Helsing) to help them put a stop to these hideous crimes. It becomes apparent that the culprit is Count Dracula, 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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UK

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English | Latin

Release Date:

October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride See more »

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Hammer Films See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Jessica Van Helsing has been played in each Hammer Dracula film by an actress who also portrays a character romantically linked to Ken Barlow on Coronation Street (1960): Stephanie Beacham in 2009, and Joanna Lumley in 1973. 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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Count Dracula: [to Van Helsing] In the days to come, you will pray for death... release...
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Some US releases have a new, computer-generated title card that reads "The Rites of Dracula". See more »

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Amusingly schizophrenic 70s horror ultimately falls flat
31 October 2002 | by funkyfrySee 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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