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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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Alan Gibson

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Don Houghton (screenplay by)
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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 ... 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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Evil begets evil on the sabbath of the undead! See more »

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Christopher Lee only appears in the last 30 minutes of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Jessica is attacked by the female vampires in the basement of the sinister cult house, the brunette vampire menacing her from the rear is missing an important bit of anatomy- vampire fangs. See more »

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

USA version, re-titled "Count Dracula and his Vampire Bride" (1973), removes 4 minutes of footage from original UK release. See more »

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A Thorn in My Side
16 September 2001 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

No saying this is a great Hammer film here, nor is it even adequate. It is entertaining if you like horror films from the seventies as a rule and/or enjoy seeing Peter Cushing or Christopher Lee. Beyond that, I really cannot recommend the film very much. The vampires take a back seat to mad bike-riding hoodlums, a Chinese Satanist, a group of powerful British autocrats, and a group of investigators made up of a policeman, a British secret service agent, and the grand-daughter of Dr. Van Helsing. Peter Cushing is back from his same role in Dracula 1972 AD, but this film is nowhere as much fun as that one was. Cushing(and Lee's) scenes are brief and stilted for the most part. Cushing does what he can with the material, but Lee seems lost in this bizarre story of Dracula really wanting to die by killing off the entire human population with a new strain of Bubonic Plague. Ummm...okay. The acting in the film is decent overall, but just cannot bear the weight of the shallow, idiotic, tissue-thin script. Hammer tops off their greatest monster series with a real bomb. The film does have a few interesting moments, however, and if you want to see Lee and Cushing one more time ...go for it. But it is very evident Hammer was at the end of their creative process. Needless, unerotic nudity in this one. Terrorism, spies and the like also added in to make it seem more appropriate for the seventies. Big mistakes! Why wasn't Stephanie Beacham in it either? She could have at least livened up an otherwise drab scenery with her bouncing presence. And the much talked about ending...well, it is different. Hawthorn trees huh? New one on me.


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October 1978 (USA) See more »

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Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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