Dracula A.D. 1972
Dracula A.D. 1972 is a 1972 British horror film produced by Hammer Film Productions, and is the seventh film in the Hammer Horror Dracula film series. The film stars Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Stephanie Beacham, and Christopher Neame, written by Don Houghton, and directed by Alan Gibson.
Why It Sucks Blood
- Terrible story with a wasted concept; this film could have been Dracula terrorising then-modern English towns but instead it focuses on annoying hippie characters.
- Fortunately, this concept of Dracula in a modern setting was similarly (and better) utilised in The Satanic Rites of Dracula.
- Cheesy acting, with Christopher Neame as Johnny Alucard taking the cake for his over-the-top villainous acting.
- The horror comes off more as unintentionally humorous, coupled with the fact that the main threat for most of the movie is the incredibly unintimidating Johnny Alucard.
- False advertising: Dracula himself barely has any screen time in the film despite being featured on the posters. In fact, he only appears in three scenes (the opening fight scene with Van Helsing, the ritual scene in which he is resurrected, and the final battle where he dies again) and spends most of his time in the now-abandoned St Bartolph's.
- Characters that serve no purpose nor really care about other than to progress the plot:
- Johnny Alucard is incredibly annoying and hard to take seriously as a villain, especially when he becomes a vampire and later gets himself killed by running water in a shower.
- Jessica Van Helsing has a bland personality, being nothing more than a generic Scream Queen who just happens to be the descendent Dracula's archenemy. You would think that she would be the next protagonist to fight Dracula, but she barely does anything in the movie.
- Lorrimer Van Helsing is literally just Lawrence Van Helsing (even being played by the same actor) but put in a then-modern setting, although he is still likable as ever.
- Jessica's friends are filler characters who exist to pad out the runtime.
- Johnny Alucard's (Christopher Neame) death scene is incredibly ridiculous over how played up it is (as mentioned above, he is killed in a shower).
- Alucard is Dracula backwards. The fact that Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) has a scene of him figuring this out by writing up his name and rearranging the letters is just pointless.
- Good cinematography.
- Dracula's deaths in both the pre-title sequence and the film's climax are pretty awesome.
- The opening track (while out of place) is quite catchy.
- Christopher Lee is actually great as Dracula, despite the fact that he's barely in the movie.