AKA: Dracula '72, Dracula Chases the Mini Girls, Dracula Chelsea
'72, Dracula Today Dracula jagt Mini-Mädchen
1971, color, 96min
London, 1872. Dracula and van Helsing once more have a final combat,
during which our blood sucker is again impaled. But the great vampire
slayer himself is also deadly injured. At that moment a horse rider
appears on the scene and quickly puts the Count's signet-ring and
ashes in a bag (guess why?) The funny thing is that the whole scene
seems to be filmed during daytime.
"modern" Music, London, 100 years later, a half-dilapidated
church. Here some unsuspecting hippies under the guidance of a certain
Johnny Alucard (come on...!) are holding a dark ritual, only for
a joke, as they think. But of course the sinister Alucard has different
plans. It's him who possesses the signet-ring and the ashes of the
Transsylvanian aristocrat and calls him back to his undead life.
The hippies flee. The next day a bleed white victim is found. Inspector
Murray of Scotland Yard who is working on the case consults the
leading London Specialist concerning occultism, which is Professor
Lorimar van Helsing, grandson (and absolute lookalike) of the late
Dracula killer. With dismay he finds his granddaughter Jessica involved
in the case. The latter is soon overwhelmed by Alucard (who by now
is also a vampire) and brought to his master. Van Helsing finds
her in the old church, totally in trance. He prepares Draculas tomb
with wooden pales and on his arrival pours holy water in his face
which makes the undead fall in his tomb and die uttering a blood-curdling
scream. Jessica awakes from her trance and the van Helsings have
once more continued their family's tradition.
the predecessor "Scars of Dracula" from 1970 turned out
to be a total failure, the Hammer people had the glorious idea to
modernize the Dracula saga (instead of putting an end to it). A
young and solvent audience was to be lured into the movie theatres
and this is why the plot was transferred to the (then) present and
tuned up with rock music, long hair, drugs and clothes like in an
Austin Powers movie. Unfortunately it was completely forgotten to
procure a good screenplay. Instead, Don Houghton, a completely untalented
guy, was asked to take care of the plot. And promptly he forgot
to mend enough scenes for the main character into his illogical
story, and even if the bloodsucker appeared, he was only allowed
to do it in or next to the already mentioned dilapidated church.
This is what forced Peter Cushing to make the best of the film with
his sole presence. The director Alan Gibson did not manage to make
a good staging, even if he here did a better job than two years
later when putting in scene "The Satanic Rites of Dracula".
In "1972" it's somehow getting comical from time to time,
which is primarily due to the above mentioned 70s décor,
making it quite a cult movie among the Hammer fans.
second latest Dracula movie was not the second worst, the last one
really being a complete disaster. But this couldn't help anything."
Dracula a.d. 1972 was quite a flop at the movie theatres and compared
to the debut in 1958 it is a failure. A Gibson is not a Fisher and
even two great actors cannot compensate a bad screenplay. An era
was slowly coming to its end...