Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)
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- 96 min.
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There's something wonderfully brilliant about Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee having an epic gothic fight scene whilst funky upbeat 1970s music plays
Hammer Studios' Dracula A.D. 1972 was a nice surprise, actually. I was afraid it would do fish out of water comedy when it brought Dracula forward, but not all. Rather, it uses its modern context to provide clever twists on the old tropes (running water, for example) and sets the Van Helsing vs. Drac action to fun funk music. It actually starts us off in the past, where the Lord of the Vampires meets his final, memorable end, before beautifully transitioning to the (then) present day, trading Victorian corruption for post-hippie decadence. Christopher Lee is used sparingly in favor of flunky super-pimp Christopher Neame, but his presence in every scene he IS in shows why he's the best of all the movie Draculas. Peter Cushing is of course excellent as Van Helsing's grandson, intent on saving his own daughter - played by Stephanie Beacham - from Drac's vengeful fangs. The update feels completely natural and not gimmicky, which is a small triumph for this subgenre.
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