Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)
Directed by Alan Gibson

Starring Christopher Lee Christopher Neame Michael Coles Peter Cushing Stephanie Beacham

Some groovy cats in swinging 1970s London decide to hold a Black Mass for kicks. Naturally they resurrect the evil Count Dracula, played once again by Christopher Lee.

It just so happens that a descendant of the late, great Dr. Van Helsing is in town and is the father of one of the teens. He quickly begins dusting off his great-grandfather's old books on vampirism so he can finish the job the original Van Helsing started.

Many Hammer Horror film fans loathe this movie because it was the first to take Dracula out of the 19th century and into our own. One of the great things about the original Hammer films is that they are timelessóbecause they take place in the 1800s, you can watch them today and they're just as good as they ever were.

But "Dracula A.D. 1972" has to be appreciated as an unintentional comedy of grand proportions. The teens are shown in London discos in the most outrageous 1970s clothes conceivable. One of the swingers is gorgeous Caroline Monroe. The British version of the film is certified "18" while the U.S. version is PG. All in all, the film is the ideal viewing experience for 1970s schlock fans.

Highly recommended.

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-- Review by Lucius Gore

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