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Creepy Classics Spotlight Movie Last Weekend - DRACULA A.D. 1972 (1972)
Every week, readers here are selecting a movie to view...then we all try to watch it together utilizing our DVD/video library. This past Saturday night, many of us watched DRACULA A.D. 1972 (1972). Suggested by Suggested by Steven Thorton, Lasalle, Michigan. Details about movie nights to come are HERE. Please include your name and location after your comments, so we can see how we're all joining together from diffeent locals around the globe! Let's all Synch-Up Saturday nights at 7:30PM, or catch this week's movie sometime over the weekend!
Hey Bash Synchers!
I'm back! After a busy time where I couldn't synch up with you guys, I am back with Dracula AD 72.
I think the opening scene of this flick is cool, great action and an original way of dispatching of Dracula.
This is actually one of my favorite Hammer films! I love the setting of the early 70's and Caroline Munro always looks so very good.
I also have to admit I love Stoneground and their Alligator Man song at the beginning, and Caroline Munro looks great. All in all
Hey baby, far out, dig it! swinging scene man, I'm hip to the holy water
I have to give Hammer some points
The whole swinging late sixties-early seventies however doesn't age so
Here are my thoughts on DRACULA A.D. 1972.
Full disclosure – I requested this one so throw the brickbats at me, folks!
“Dig the music, kids!”
Hey gang..well I wish I had something good to say about this movie. Its not one of Hammers finer moments!!!But on the plus side the opening sequence is great..then of course Caroline Munro is in it!! and the ending is ok..other than that, well, no wonder Christopher Lee was so unhappy! and of course the next Dracula film was so way worse!! Its a shame Hammer went this way..they should have kept there Dracula films gothic.
I think I'll watch Horror of Dracula and Brides of Dracula.
The movie starts off well … Van Helsing and Dracula, fighting to the death. The party is a little silly, but the band is pretty good. (I want one of those Kaiser Cement hats.) The language cracks me up … “It was a tired scene”, “way out”, “dig the music, kids”. It can be a distraction at times. But the occasionally corny dialogue isn’t half as distracting as the movie’s score. I think the movie is pleasantly dark, but the mood is often ruined by the loud early-70’s score.
I think the ritual scene is quite good. I like Alucard’s devotion set against the horrified faces of the other participants. (The music at the climax nearly ruins it for me.) Somewhere along the way, it turns into a Van Helsing family drama in parallel with Law and Order. Too many scenes with the heroes, and not enough of the villains. When we finally get to Van Helsing vs. Dracula, the final battle is very good … but again, the music gets in the way.
There are some decent chills … bloodless bodies, the ritual. As it should be with Hammer, the ladies (in this case, Caroline Munro and a buxom Stephanie Beacham) are lovely. Cushing lends a sense of class to each of his scenes, and I think this is Lee’s most menacing and brutal Dracula performance. There should’ve been more of him in this film.
On the whole, it doesn’t work for me. I like my beer cold, my pizza hot, and my Hammer ... Gothic.
If they could have just expanded the first five minutes into a feature...and thrown out the rest.
Give me HORROR OF DRACULA, BRIDES OF DRACULA, or GILLIGAN'S ISLAND instead. Poor Peter.
-Ron Adams, Ligonier, PA
There is much to love about Dracula A.D. '72, but the dialog from the young "mods" just kills me! Johnny Alucard's "Dig the music, kids!" during the Black Mass is a real lowpoint. Lee and Cushing hold the whole thing together with their customary professionalism.
Brian Nichols, Dallas, TX
Hello Steven (Super Hammer Pick, Sir!), Ron and all other Classic Gothic Horror Fans from around the world - I hope you enjoyed watching this UNDERRATED vampire thriller as much as I did! (I just finished viewing it this SUNDAY evening) Believe it or not, I did not catch this one for the first time until 1997. (When I TAPED it off of CINEMAX during the week while I was at work!) Now on to the movie.....
Many Hammer critics and fans and horror fans in general have a very low opinion of this production (due to the fact that Count Dracula`s character is bound to the church setting and because of the dated clothing/dialogue used by the young adults potrayed in this film) That being said-compared to the Christopher Lee Dracula film(s) that came right before it ("Scars Of Dracula") and immediately after it ("The Satanic Rites Of Dracula") this movie is much more coherent, enjoyable and boasts better production values all around. (Better acting, better casting, better set design, better music soundtrack (LOVE THAT STONEGROUND!), better SPFX, etc.)
Personally, I LOVE THIS FLICK A TON! ---What`s not to like here?
--First and foremost, there`s that GREAT opening scene of Lawrence Van Helsing and Dracula duking it out on top of that horse driven carraige in 1872 rumbling through Hyde Park! (With our loyal hero winning the battle by driving a wheel spoke through Drac`s heart (after the vehicle crases and Dracula is partially impaled by the wheel already) Unfortunately Van Helsing dies from his injuries and a stranger comes to collect Dracula`s ring along with his ashes...Shift 100 years to the future! (1972) and Dracula is resurrected by Johnny Alucard (one of his disciples) during a black mass ceremony for the ages (wonderfully staged using giant fans off screen to create wind, mood and tension) in which he invites a group of his young adult "friends" to join him in.
Most of them flee when they get scared, but one of the young ladies (Laura Bellows) screams to be the ceremonial "participant" - Not knowing, of course that she will be Dracula`s first victim!
.----All in All a really fun movie- My rating: 3.25/5 stars! ---Dan Brenneis- Strongsville, Ohio - Monster Bash Staff Member And LifeTime FilmFan Extroadinairre
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