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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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Evil begets evil on the sabbath of the undead! See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

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

This was the final Hammer movie to be completed under the aegis of company chairman James Carreras. 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

Count Dracula: At this, the Sabbath of the Undead, I call upon you to witness my supreme triumph.
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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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Featured in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Hammer Films (2007) See more »

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Best of the Hammer Dracula sequels
15 August 2003 | by msquaredSee all my reviews

This is a much-maligned film that seems to have been tarred with the same brush as the dire Dracula A.D. 1972, simply because it updates the Dracula legend to the present day. Satanic Rites is an infinitely superior movie, however, and easily the best of the Hammer Dracula sequels. Previous sequels had seen the Count resurrected only to lurk in the shadows and momentarily reveal himself to take his revenge on his foes, reducing Christopher Lee's Dracula to little more than a glorified extra. Satanic Rites is different because it uses Lee's scant appearances to its advantage, keeping Dracula aloof and mysterious and instead concerning itself with the disease of vampirism, which is compared to a plague. Because of it's science fiction overtones, this feels more like an instalment of The Avengers or Doctor Who than a typical Hammer film. In its present-day setting and apocalyptic storyline, it also seems to be a definite influence on the highly-regarded TV series Ultraviolet. For the fan of classic Hammer Gothic Horror, this is probably best avoided, but for those who enjoy British telefantasy it's an absolute must see.


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