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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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This was John Harvey's final Hammer film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Professor Julian Keeley: Evil rules, y'know - it really does! .. Nothing is too vile; nothing is too dreadful - too awful; you need to know the terror, the horror, Lorrimer; to feel the threat of disgust - the beauty of obscenity!
Professor Lorrimer Van Helsing: Julian! In God's name!
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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema print was cut by the BBFC to heavily edit the opening sacrifice scene, 2 staking scenes and the electrocution of a guard (the proposed cuts to the shooting of Torrence were never made). For the video release the same cut print was submitted and cut by a further 1 sec to remove a shot of Jane's exposed breast being pierced with a stake. See more »

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Followed by The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) See more »

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Better than you might think!
30 November 2001 | by The Welsh Raging BullSee all my reviews

Hammer's penultimate Dracula film and the last one to feature a tired Christopher Lee in the title role.

This is a significant improvement over Dracula A.D. 1972, but Peter Cushing is used significantly less in the fight scenes (which are not particularly good anyway).

The story, which revolves around a revived Dracula (in disguise) getting government ministers and leading doctors to help him take over the world with the plague has its merits. Infact, the story is well-paced and it's content is refreshingly varied (bike chases, cellars with female vampires, a plague victim etc).

Freddie Jones turns up with a superbly jittery performance as a scientist (he was also excellent in "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed").

Christopher Lee doesn't get enough screen time, but his scenes with Peter Cushing are, as you might expect, good (n.b. the scene in the tower block where Van Helsing goes to expose D.D. Denham as Dracula). Lee, also gets a chance to utter the immortal lines "..my revenge has spread over centuries and has just begun..." (which is apparently from the book).

If you go into this film with an open-mind, you won't be too disappointed - there is certainly plenty going on, even if the plot is not very tightly structured.


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Release Date:

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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1.85 : 1
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