Dracula A.D. 1972

release year: 1972
genre: Dracula/vampire
viewing setting: home DVD, 8/13/06

synopsis: In swinging early-1970s London, a power-hungry 20-something kid has the blood of Dracula in a vial, and convinces his stupid friends to help him bring the vampire back to life.

impressions: It was okay, but the advertising was false: Dracula didn't really venture forth into the wild world of partying. Instead, he hid in some dump while his minion brough him fresh victims. These victims all deserved what they got, because they were stupid young party people. I might have been a little happier if Dracula had run amok one night and destroyed many such victims, but alas, no such luck. The latest Van Helsing to do battle with him was too clever, and set a good trap that did the Count in.

something this movie has that no other movie has: Some silly Satanic ritual that brought Dracula back to life.

acting: Christopher Neame is the young power-hungry guy, while Christoper Lee and Peter Cushing again play the same roles they've played in so many of these movies. Several young ladies are eye candy (for us) and food (for Dracula.)

final word: Decent, but not strong sequel.

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