Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)




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Hammer Studios attempted to inject new blood into their Dracula series by setting their next installment in ultra-mod '70s London, where the Count is revived after 100 years by a gang of devil-worshipping swingers led by the not-so-cleverly-named Johnny Alucard (Christopher Neame), and later joined by Jessica (Stephanie Beacham), granddaughter of the legendary vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing (Peter Cushing, returning to the role after more than a decade). After the group manages to resurrect the … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Classics, Horror
Directed By:
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On DVD: Oct 4, 2005
Warner Bros. Pictures


as Jessica Van Helsing

as Gaynor

as Detective Sgt. Pears...

as Count Dracula

as Prof. Van Helsing

as Johnny Alucard

as Inspector

as Joe Mitchum

as Rock Group
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Critic Reviews for Dracula A.D. 1972

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Dracula A.D. 1972 isn't a great movie. But it is an undeniable hoot to watch especially if, like the Count, "you've got an eye for London's hot pants... " And who doesn't, really?

Full Review… | July 21, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
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This isn't a terrific rationale for another horror flick but, given Miss Beacham's ability to heave, and her bosom to heave with, it will have to do.

Full Review… | July 21, 2010
Chicago Sun-Times
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Crass Hammer trash.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Rather awful, this is one of the sadder entries in the Dracula canon.

Full Review… | July 21, 2010

A modern version of Dracula that is the weakest in the Lee-Hammer series.

Full Review… | July 21, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Dracula A.D. 1972


Actually a pretty good vampire movie for a movie with the year in the title. Lee is brilliant as Dracula as usual, even if the rest of the cast is bad. It's not great, but I enjoyed it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

If nothing else, Dracula A.D. 1972 will prove that Hammer was on its way out and its best days were behind it. Unfortunately, this movie isn't much more than gimmicky fodder for some MST3K-styled razzing. Christopher Lee is barely passable despite the fact that he helped define the role of Dracula and Peter Cushing almost seems age inappropriate in his role once he goes into vampire hunting mode. There's plenty of foxiness to drool over but if these guys are supposed to be teenagers I'm supposed to be Jesus' understudy. The blatantly modern setting (which I understand is supposed to be the point) makes Dracula A.D. 1972 not feel like a Hammer movie. Some effects were neat, but since when the hell can you kill a vampire with regular, tap, non-holy water?

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

I don't know what all the fuss is about here. People seem to really loathe this entry, but I really dig this update of the Hammer Dracula series and I think it was about time some fresh ideas were thrown in there. Yeah, there's that cheesy 70's jazz soundtrack, but it adds a lot of charm and sets it beautifully in the era in which it was produced. I particularly enjoyed a lot of the camera work and angles by Dick Bush. I'm actually shocked it got made at all, to be honest. It's so over-the-top and modernized, I can't believe that Cushing and Lee had anything to do with it. Though, in those days, these men were working actors, so I guess I shouldn't be too surprised. Not that that detracts from the film - it's just a marvelous and crazy film that most people hate but I particularly enjoyed it.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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