Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Dracula A.D. 1972

The Takeaway: Hippies pretty much fuck up everything, don't they?

Format: Netflix Instant Streaming

First Time Screening. I did some research on this and it seems that horror fans are very disappointed with this film. Hammer Film Productions was of course known throughout the world as the leading producer of low budget and usually high quality horror flicks taking over where Universal left off. The films had swag, plain and simple. The production company often hired Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in titular roles to add some much needed acting beef to their films. So when Dracula A.D. 1972 came around and didn't do much in the way of scaring people - they got pissed. This is only my assumption of course; you can read other reviews and decide for yourself. What I think happened was the other reviewers forgot the title of the film. It's called Dracula A.D. 1972 - and that SCREAMS to me - this is gonna be fun! Not necessarily scary. And that's what we have here. The films is about a group of hippies who raise Drac from the dead. How can you take that seriously? It was meant to have laughs.

So - let's go through the good stuff, shall we? All right - here we go: A groovy hand-holding devil circle complete with bongo music raises Drac from the dead. The hippies sway back and forth and some plant fine kisses on their ladies. And then another dude slits his wrist and blood pours over a half-neked chick and Drac starts writhing around under the ground outside the "bloody" church they happen to be conducting this badass ritual in.

A lot more happens. And eventually the movie ends. But in the middle - we get: Christopher Lee as Dracula! Peter Cushing as not only one, but two Van Helsings! A lot of funky, near porn-quality music! Some hot girls! Swanky british dialogue! Blood! More blood! More hot chicks! Even more funky, near-porn-quality music! Honestly - what more could you want? Enjoy, kiddies! Soft Serve Ice Cream @ 66th and B'Way.

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