Dracula AD 1972 (1972)

DIRECTOR: Alan Gibson
WRITER: Don Houghton
CAST: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Stephanie Beacham, Christopher Neame, Michael Coles, Marsha A Hunt, Caroline Munro

The Hammer team, this time helmed by Canadian director Alan Gibson, filmed on location in the Chelsea area of London for this revamping of the Dracula tale. In Don Houghton's script, Dracula is resurrected by a bunch of young clubbers seeking occult thrills in an abandoned church. Once brought back, the Count stays safely in the confines of the church, and therefore never actually interacts with the modern world, while his disciples go out and make victims of more trendy Londoners.

The film has some nice visuals, and the usual sturdy performance by Peter Cushing, who seems to be able to work miracles with even the most unpromising of material (such as the abortive non-Hammer The Blood Beast Terror, in 1967). But while enjoyable, it is very much a product of its time, looking horrendously kitsch and dated when viewed nowadays.

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