A Movie A Day: Quint visits DRACULA A.D. 1972 (1972)
I have returned to destroy the house of Van Helsing forever.
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s installment of A Movie A Day.
[For those now joining us, A Movie A Day is my attempt at filling in gaps in my film knowledge. My DVD collection is thousands strong, many of them films I haven’t seen yet, but picked up as I scoured used DVD stores. Each day I’ll pull a previously unseen film from my collection and discuss it here. Each movie will have some sort of connection to the one before it, be it cast or crew member.]
Ah, more Christopher Lee Dracula goodness, this time in an actual Hammer film once again alongside Peter Cushing and under the watchful eye of a director who isn’t doing 14 more movies at the same time.
Today we have DRACULA A.D. 1972, an attempt by Hammer to move the Count to a modern setting. Of course modern now meaning early ‘70s London, which is just as foreign to me as a viewer as 1800s Romania.
I think that’s why the movie worked so well for me, actually. Sure, it’s cheesy. The dying hippie age is presented full force with an opening party sequence with folk rock band Stoneground, giant afros and massive joints.
But it’s not played for laughs. If someone remade this movie today, it’d be a horror comedy set in the cah-ray-zee ‘70s, tongue-in-cheek like DICK or AUSTIN POWERS. But you really can tell that the filmmakers were just capturing that particular time and place when updating the tale, so it’s easier to jump into the story.
Of course all that is helped by wonderfully note-perfect performances from Christopher Lee as Count Dracula and Peter Cushing as Van Helsing’s grandson who has kept up his family’s research into the occult.
Cushing isn’t showy, which is why I think he’s criminally overlooked as an actor. There’s a scene in this film which isn’t really a blip on the radar, but is a perfect example of how great Cushing is.
Van Helsing is speaking with an open-minded Scotland Yard detective investigating the bodies that pop up after Dracula is resurrected. He’s convinced this detective that it is the work of vampirism, not a cult murder “like in America,” but obviously this guy can’t really take that story to his bosses, so they’re at an impasse.
We get the typical “I hope you’re wrong,” scene and Cushing’s dialogue is the cliché “I wish I was, inspector. I wish to God I was.” A thousand different actors could read that line and come up as cliché as the writing, but not Cushing.
When he delivers this line he sells it. Part of it is his inflection, a subtle pause. When he says it he’s nakedly sincere. Part of it is his body language, the look in his eyes. He looks tired. It’s mini-masterpiece of a performance, but in a small scene in a Hammer exploitation picture.
The point is that Hammer represented a certain level of quality. No matter how outrageous or low budget the picture, their regulars were real actors who always treated their work with the utmost professionalism, not treating it as a “horror picture.” We don’t have that today. People in exploitation know they’re in an exploitation picture and act accordingly, which almost keeps the audience at arm’s length.
I think that’s why I liked DEATH PROOF over PLANET TERROR. Both were good fun, but Kurt Russell didn’t know he was in an exploitation film and the entire cast of Planet Terror definitely did, know what I mean?
Anyway, there’s no escaping a certain kitsch factor, but the way it’s presented allowed me to buy into the world and very much enjoy the movie as a movie, not as a joke.
Outside of the two lead performances, director Alan Gibson cast some really interesting people. The two stand-outs are Christopher Neame as Dracula disciple Johnny Alucard and the screen-meltingly hot Caroline Munro. You’ll probably remember Neame from LICENSE TO KILL or as the Commander from SUBURBAN COMMANDO (video game nerds might remember him from the cutscenes of JEDI KNIGHT – DARK FORCES II) and Munro from MANIAC, STARCRASH, DR. PHIBES or THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD.
Munro is just a goddess and has a relatively small part in the film, but smokes up the screen every second she’s on. Neame is a larger role, taking the Dracula apprentice role that would become a staple in ‘80s films like FRIGHT NIGHT. He’s so desperate for the power… no longer can henchmen be silent simple-minded hulks, but charming and/or insane power-hungry men.
Neame plays the role with that charm and inanity combination and really is freaky. He leads a Black Mass that resurrects the Count and it is very effective. It really is a creepy scene thanks largely to Neame’s barely checked lunacy.
The finale is also a great one. Christopher Lee attacks in all his red-eyed wonder while Peter Cushing does his best. Remember this isn’t the Van Helsing we know, but his grandson who has never seen evil firsthand. It’s an interesting dynamic and it makes for a thrilling and intense final fight.
Final Thoughts: I was really drawn into this movie. The direction is alive, but not showy. The camera moves constantly, so it’s not a stagey picture. Combine that with great performances again by Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, smoking hot leading ladies Munro and Stephanie Beacham and genuine suspense and you have a movie that should have been a joke, but is actually a very successful attempt to shake up the genre.
The schedule for the next 7 days is:
Wednesday, August 20th: THE STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY (1960)
Thursday, August 21st: MAN, WOMAN & CHILD (1983)
Friday, August 22nd: THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE (1976)
Saturday, August 23rd: THE YOUNG PHILADELPHIANS (1959)
Sunday, August 24th: THE RACK (1956)
Monday, August 25th: UNTIL THEY SAIL (1957)
Tuesday, August 26th: SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME (1956)
Tomorrow we jump back over to finish off that Icons of Adventure set with THE STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY. See you then!
June 2nd: Harper
June 3rd: The Drowning Pool
June 4th: Papillon
June 5th: Gun Crazy
June 6th: Never So Few
June 7th: A Hole In The Head
June 8th: Some Came Running
June 9th: Rio Bravo
June 10th: Point Blank
June 11th: Pocket Money
June 12th: Cool Hand Luke
June 13th: The Asphalt Jungle
June 14th: Clash By Night
June 15th: Scarlet Street
June 16th: Killer Bait (aka Too Late For Tears)
June 17th: Robinson Crusoe On Mars
June 18th: City For Conquest
June 19th: San Quentin
June 20th: 42nd Street
June 21st: Dames
June 22nd: Gold Diggers of 1935
June 23rd: Murder, My Sweet
June 24th: Born To Kill
June 25th: The Sound of Music
June 26th: Torn Curtain
June 27th: The Left Handed Gun
June 28th: Caligula
June 29th: The Elephant Man
June 30th: The Good Father
July 1st: Shock Treatment
July 2nd: Flashback
July 3rd: Klute
July 4th: On Golden Pond
July 5th: The Cowboys
July 6th: The Alamo
July 7th: Sands of Iwo Jima
July 8th: Wake of the Red Witch
July 9th: D.O.A.
July 10th: Shadow of A Doubt
July 11th: The Matchmaker
July 12th: The Black Hole
July 13th: Vengeance Is Mine
July 14th: Strange Invaders
July 15th: Sleuth
July 16th: Frenzy
July 17th: Kingdom of Heaven: The Director’s Cut
July 18th: Cadillac Man
July 19th: The Sure Thing
July 20th: Moving Violations
July 21st: Meatballs
July 22nd: Cast a Giant Shadow
July 23rd: Out of the Past
July 24th: The Big Steal
July 25th: Where Danger Lives
July 26th: Crossfire
July 27th: Ricco, The Mean Machine
July 28th: In Harm’s Way
July 29th: Firecreek
July 30th: The Cheyenne Social Club
July 31st: The Man Who Knew Too Much
August 1st: The Spirit of St. Louis
August 2nd: Von Ryan’s Express
August 3rd: Can-Can
August 4th: Desperate Characters
August 5th: The Possession of Joel Delaney
August 6th: Quackser Fortune Has A Cousin In The Bronx
August 7th: Start the Revolution Without Me
August 8th: Hell Is A City
August 9th: The Pied Piper
August 10th: Partners
August 11th: Barry Lyndon
August 12th: The Skull
August 13th: The Hellfire Club
August 14th: Blood of the Vampire
August 15th: Terror of the Tongs
August 16th: Pirates of Blood River
August 17th: The Devil-Ship Pirates
August 18th: Jess Franco’s Count Dracula
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Aug. 20, 2008, 5:26 a.m. CST
AHH, have to study! Announce Barack, damn you!
Aug. 20, 2008, 5:26 a.m. CST
1st?? Anyways, I remember this moviw from when I was a kid. Lee and Cushing were excellent as usual. I need to re-visit this film asap
Aug. 20, 2008, 5:26 a.m. CST
by B Arnold Quizzling
FIRST with very first post! I need a life...
Aug. 20, 2008, 5:27 a.m. CST
by B Arnold Quizzling
Okay, not. But I still need a life anyway.
Aug. 20, 2008, 5:28 a.m. CST
every person I mention this says "Hell Yeah watch it, it's not a classic but is batshit insane and indictive of this genre" I'll be adding it onto my list of ones to follow. <p> Will miss this column when its gone. Realize it's quite a challenge to get these in consistently over a long period so kudos. Why not have a dedicated column of some kind where one reader review of a forgotten classic gets printed twice weekly or something? Not sure how the logistics would work but I know I've found quite a few flicks I've enjoyed (D.O.A, Klute) due to this column. Moar!
Aug. 20, 2008, 5:34 a.m. CST
"Count Dracula Hunts Mini-Girls" (Graf Dracula jagt Mini-Mädchen) and it has always been advertised as a comedy. I don't know if the German dubbing of got a comedy-treatment (=lots of dialogue was changed to make it funny. Something that happenened a lot in the 70's an 80's in Germany), because I seriously never saw the movie. But I wanted to watch more Hammer movies anyway. :)
Aug. 20, 2008, 5:35 a.m. CST
and no coverage on AICN. i guess you have to be a singer to be recognized? LeRoi Moore, sax man from the Dave Matthews Band, died yesterday from complications from the injuries he suffered in an ATV accident on June 30th. RIP brother.
Aug. 20, 2008, 5:40 a.m. CST
but for a movie site it would be a bit of a strech
Aug. 20, 2008, 5:49 a.m. CST
by Dr Eric Vornoff
...but the following 'modern' Dracula movie The Satanic Rites of Dracula is a good deal better. It actually has some idea of what to do with the character rather than just gimmickly throwing him in the midst of a bunch of hippies.
Aug. 20, 2008, 5:53 a.m. CST
im sure it would get more coverage... and he does act.
Aug. 20, 2008, 6:01 a.m. CST
Scream and Scream Again is one of my personal faves.
Aug. 20, 2008, 6:02 a.m. CST
This column has been consistently awesome, not only in its choices, but as a source of inspiration to hunt out classics, unseen gems and so on. This past month i've seen a fistful of dollars, death wish, 12 angry men and many others. Not to mention those recently purchased. 10 quid sonny chiba collection i couldnt say no to;suspiria; 4 quid citizen kane; and an expensive but worthwhile region 1 seven samurai. Quint, I cant thank you enough for reinvogorating my movie love in the biggest way.
Aug. 20, 2008, 6:10 a.m. CST
i grew up watching the hammer films as a kid and they did do a sequel to this a year later great film they took in a different direction if you've not seen it do its called satanic rites of dracula pairing cushing and lee in a dracula movie for the last time
Aug. 20, 2008, 6:13 a.m. CST
It's unbelievable how dated it looks.Full on Austin Powers and *be cool daddio!* dialogue.Is this the one where Chris is only in it at the end , and then gets chased into Hyde park before being killed by blackberry bushes and a bit of park fencing?
Aug. 20, 2008, 6:14 a.m. CST
no thats satanic rites of dracula
Aug. 20, 2008, 6:33 a.m. CST
by Fuck The Napkin
When Orbital played Satan live on their last few tours they'd drop a speech from this movie into the middle. Here's a clip of them doing it at the Glastonbury festival. Epic!<br><br> http://tiny.cc/H5a7F
Aug. 20, 2008, 6:33 a.m. CST
It's okay but it suffers from the very British syndrome of older men trying to write 'hip dialogue for exciting young characters' and I am almost positive that when it came out in 1972 it would have almost seemed as dated as it does now.<BR><BR>Great performances from Lee, Cushing and especially Neame and some very effective scenes - the black mass is still unsettling as you say.<BR><BR>It has a great, if not entirely appropriate score but on the whole it doesn't entirely work.<BR><BR>I think the main problem is that the 'gang' at the beginning are actually quite interesting but because of a short running length they get sidelined or written out entirely. I have a warm spot in my heart for this movie but for me it's better of as a nostalgic memory.<BR><BR>It is far more successful than the bizarre Avengers / Department S / Fu-Manchu hybrid that is 'The Satanic Rites of Dracula' though.<BR><BR>And the less said about Dracula and the Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires the better.
Aug. 20, 2008, 6:34 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
Scaramanga. Didn't The Man with the Golden Gun come out right around this time? I'm too lazy to hit imdb now.
Aug. 20, 2008, 6:36 a.m. CST
"Satanic Rights of Dracula", with it's Wakka Wakka soundtrack, ginormous flares on all cast members and the henchman in furry afghan tanktops is frickin' marvellous !!! I also have a soft spot for "Taste The Blood of Dracula". "Dracula Has Risen From the Grave" can bite my balls though !
Aug. 20, 2008, 6:56 a.m. CST
who would have thought me and drac had something in common?
Aug. 20, 2008, 7:16 a.m. CST
Neame's career is a bit more substantial than cited here. He's probably best known s the bad guy in the sidelined Doctor Who/Douglas Adam episode Shada, but they must have liked him on MacGyver: he played three different characters. He was in Babylon 5, Seven Days, Invisible Man, and Enterprise, making him a genre favorite. He was basically your go-to guy when you need an Englishy-sort of villain in the 80s and some of the 90s.
Aug. 20, 2008, 7:27 a.m. CST
It's simply the best Hammer/Lee Dracula ever. And not only because of Carolin Munroe ;-) Finally Lee had some lines in the script that made his Dracula more dangerous than when he was hissing all the time in most of the other films. The Music was also adequate. Sometimes I thought the music was compareable with Space 1999 Season 2 from Derek Wadsworth. Best Scene: Dracula appearing on the graveyard. Alucard: "Master! I did it! I summoned you!" Dracula: "It was my will!"
Aug. 20, 2008, 7:48 a.m. CST
He also cites 'The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes' and 'the Musketeer' movies as his favourites too.<BR><BR>He made some batshit crazy Finnish fantasty film sometime in the late 70's or maybe the early 80's where they filmed in Finland and then in Scotland and most of the crew turned out to be KGB agents using the movie as an excuse to spy on the UK.<br><br>TRUE STORY!!
Aug. 20, 2008, 7:52 a.m. CST
They just don't do video game cut scenes like they used to. It's a real shame too. They were often very strange, cheesy, and wonderful.
Aug. 20, 2008, 8:06 a.m. CST
Can't remember which one but Lee refused to say any of the dialogue in one.<BR><BR>The one thing I never understood about Christopher Lee is his almost Connery-esque attitude to the Hammer Dracula films when his entire CV is an enormous pile of shit studded with a number of diamonds!
Aug. 20, 2008, 8:19 a.m. CST
That what I want to know.
Aug. 20, 2008, 8:33 a.m. CST
Love the Hammer flicks. Quint you should dig up "The Devil Rides Out" a.k.a. "Satan's Bride". Lee is in it and says it's his favorite of all the Hammer flicks.
Aug. 20, 2008, 8:39 a.m. CST
by Wilfy Fredericks
That was the one where Dracula didn't speak. Apparently it was a deliberate idea that he wouldn't be able to talk after rising from the dead. He didn't speak much in Taste the Blood of Dracula either but by Christ could he count to three. I'm sure that's where Sesame Street got the idea from.
Aug. 20, 2008, 8:43 a.m. CST
and it's dated but still a bit of fun, and Stephanie Beacham is drop dead gorgeous as well. Kudo's to whoever shot the film, because towards the end of the film, they manage to keep Cushing, Lee, and one of Beacham's perfect breasts in the same shot. They are perfect, watch and see.
Aug. 20, 2008, 8:51 a.m. CST
by Gungan Slayer
...and their recent revival doesn't seem to promising either.
Aug. 20, 2008, 8:57 a.m. CST
I think you'll enjoy that one,Quint.
Aug. 20, 2008, 9:06 a.m. CST
by Mr Gorilla
Such lovely lines.
Aug. 20, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST
by Bouncy X
"Next, on Exploitation Theatre...Blacula, followed by Blackenstein, and The Blunchblack of Blotre Blame!"
Aug. 20, 2008, 9:47 a.m. CST
Isn't that the one where he's "killed" at the end by falling under some ice? I remember as a kid knowing that vampires couldn't handle running water but being disappointed that they used that device to take out Dracula.
Aug. 20, 2008, 9:54 a.m. CST
Good call. I was actually thinking of Blacula while watching Dracula A.D. 1972. Great double feature that.
Aug. 20, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST
If you liked Stephanie Beacham in Drac '72, then you'll love her in this obscure early 70's film starring Marlon Brando. Kind of a mix of Turn of the Screw and Lady Chatterly. Weird, sexy stuff.
Aug. 20, 2008, 10 a.m. CST
Sir, should I go warm up the car?<p> Leave the castle? At our moment of triumph?!
Aug. 20, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST
by Biggie Kaiju
I read that Lee refused to say the dialogue written for "Dracula, Prince of Darkness" because it sucked so much. He was supposed to shout things like, "I am the apocalypse!" He also had a major beef with the staking scene in "Dracula Has Risen from the Grave." He was right, but the scene is classic. Dracula hissing and screaming with a stake the size of a tree trunk in his chest, blood pouring out in a river. "Dracula A.D. 1972" is definitely a camp classic, but has serious and nasty moments, like the unforgettable shot of Caroline Munro having a giant goblet of blood poured over her heaving bosoms. Hammer in a nutshell.
Aug. 20, 2008, 10:29 a.m. CST
by Dr Eric Vornoff
...is probably their version of Hound of the Baskervilles, Cushing was a perfect Holmes. The Devil Rides Out and Plague of the Zombies are both top-notch too. To be honest, all the Dracula and Frankenstein's seem to blend into one another, some stand-out moments but nowhere near as iconic as the Universal versions. I think Lee's best movie has to be The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes though. Even in it's truncated form it's a masterpiece. I'd put Wilder's original cut of that up there with Stroheim's Greed and The Magnificent Ambersons as one of the great lost classics of cinema.
Aug. 20, 2008, 10:33 a.m. CST
I completely agree with you on those 2 same posters!! Especially that first one you mentioned. Fantastic poster. I agree even *more* completely on your opinion of Sinbad Munro - but then who wouldn't??!!
Aug. 20, 2008, 10:35 a.m. CST
What a fun silly little flick!
Aug. 20, 2008, 10:57 a.m. CST
And Cushing was the man. Hammer needs to return hardcore to this type of film. That's why when I got a chance to talk to Tim Burton I asked him if he ever would do a REAL Hammer flick. He said he was actually talking to them about it. That made me happy. As for Kurt in Death Proof, he knew what sort of movie it was. And he loved it. That's why he was so great in it. I need to rewatch those films again because I still get let down by Death Proof at the end. Planet Terror was kitschy goodness the whole way through. Death Proof even lost the pop and crackle old look half way through the movie. Just stay away from the Satanic Rites of Dracula. I still don't know what the hell they were thinking about with that one.
Aug. 20, 2008, 11:11 a.m. CST
Was fond of the anthology films inspired by Tales From The Crypt, which itself was filmed with Peter Cushing as The Cryptkeeper of sorts. A favorite was an episode featuring a disembodied hand, that belonged to Michael Gough, that kept haunting Christopher Lee.
Aug. 20, 2008, 11:20 a.m. CST
Yup. Although I was only about 8 years old at the time (she knew my Mum and Dad when she was based in Leeds filming "3 2 1". She was by far the sexiest bond girl...
Aug. 20, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST
Her right boob pretty much shares the scene with Dracula at the end.
Aug. 20, 2008, 12:05 p.m. CST
by Paul Bucciarelli
Absolutely gorgeous. It's a shame she never found stardom here in the states. I think that it would be different had she come along today.
Aug. 20, 2008, 12:13 p.m. CST
I was fortunate enough to interview Caroline Munro about her career for Gorezone magazine earlier this year, and met up with her in person a couple of months ago. She is STILL stunning, believe me. Some cool snippets of information - she was the first actress to be awarded a Hammer contract, and because of this, went unbilled in the Phibes movies. She chose to do those, just to get to work with Vincent Price. As for this movie - not Hammer's best...the studio was in decline and tried to update their franchises to please the youth of the day. Quint - I'd choose Captain Kronos as the follow up to this film. Classic Hammer's best of this period, plus another Caroline Munro performance.
Aug. 20, 2008, 12:56 p.m. CST
Seriously, all of you lot at aintitcool SHOULD keep this idea alive of revisiting classic, and not so classic, genre movies. Retro reviews or whatever, I really, really love what Quint is doing here, please, please let it continue, especially in this horrible climate of rancid pointless souless remakes. Its just so refreshing to read again about original movies, the good and the bad. Quint you da man.
Aug. 20, 2008, 1:05 p.m. CST
Watch In Bruges and tell me I'm wrong. Good thing too, because we've pretty much worn out the old one.
Aug. 20, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST
WOULD make an excellent Dracula. Why didn't I notice that sooner!!?<p>Chris Lee still kicking it at 86..pretty damn impressive.
Aug. 20, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST
besides Jack Palance's wonderful perfomance is the PBS version from the 70's starring Louis Jordan. A unique take on the tale. And I also agree... Ralph Fiennes would be an excellent Dracula. Seems like Hollywood is taking a break from the story since Copolla's version, (except those Wes Craven flicks)
Aug. 20, 2008, 1:48 p.m. CST
by Paul Bucciarelli
I always thought that Daniel Day Lewis would make a great Dracula. He's got the right fierce countenance . I'd love to see them get back to making Dracula a monster and lay off all of this sexual nonsense. Read the book. He's an evil parasite. There's nothing sexual whatsoever about the character as written. The whole book being an assault on Victorian mores thing has gotten way more credence than it deserves.
Aug. 20, 2008, 1:49 p.m. CST
I did like Frank Langella's take in '79. Can't wait to see his Nixon.
Aug. 20, 2008, 2:13 p.m. CST
by Paul Bucciarelli
was Richard Roxburgh in the all around shitty Van Helsing. He looked like he just minced out of a Flock of Seagulls video.
Aug. 20, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST
by Irina Spanko
He has really kept this column going as promised. An AICN first.
Aug. 20, 2008, 2:29 p.m. CST
Is an absolute splendid film from the 70s. Not sure if it has already been mentioned, but Laurence Olivier described Cushing as "the greatest screen actor." The Ghoul also stars a young John Hurt,Don Henderson and Alexander Bastedo.(Her out The Champions).The film is set in a house by a swamp. QUOTE: The army used to use the swamp, but they lost too many men....
Aug. 20, 2008, 2:29 p.m. CST
I guess Louis Jordan looks a bit like a gay hairdresser as well. I remember being more creeped out by Dracula's brides in the Langella version than by Dracula himself. It was okay though... Langella rules now more than ever. But that Van Helsing movie I consider a children's flick and the Wes Craven "Dracula" movies to me don't Count.
Aug. 20, 2008, 2:46 p.m. CST
You're not the only one to get a kiss off Ms Munro! :) She signed a piccy for me too! Still scrummy! Once known as the 'Lambs Navy Rum' girl, before she Hammered it up! Quint, as you're off on a Brit movie binge right now, how about checking out some Ealing comedies too, like 'Kind Hearts and Coronets', 'Passport to Pimlico', or even 'The Ladykillers' which the Coen brothers kind of turkeyed in their otherwise illustrious career! If you haven't already... Simon Pegg should be the next Dracula... ahem...
Aug. 20, 2008, 3:12 p.m. CST
Aug. 20, 2008, 3:49 p.m. CST
... especially if they are served with Walker's Curry Mayonnaise, or Malt Vinegar
Aug. 20, 2008, 4:12 p.m. CST
by Mace Tofu
Old movies kick ass!
Aug. 20, 2008, 4:19 p.m. CST
watch it again - it's the same story, pretty much beat for beat. Still majestic tosh though. That being said, it's no CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER...
Aug. 20, 2008, 4:23 p.m. CST
(insert Homer Simpson-style mmmmmmm at the mention of her name...)
Aug. 20, 2008, 4:53 p.m. CST
...was a host of the German Sesame Street, back in the early 80's?
Aug. 20, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
this until Quint burns himself out.
Aug. 20, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST
Hell yes. What a great picture that is. I love this: the rare AICN talkback where nobody has anything shitty to say about the subject matter.
Aug. 20, 2008, 5:44 p.m. CST
those never dissapoint. and yes captain kronos is the best vampire hunter ever, best horror hero, before ash or blade.
Aug. 20, 2008, 5:45 p.m. CST
another great munro's flick with peter cushing. It's pretty silly but very entertaining! and caroline is just... whoa
Aug. 20, 2008, 8:16 p.m. CST
As a kid in the 70's, I remember seeing it in the mid-70's on our local Creature Double Feature... When it was out, I remember I had just started to read, and I remember thinking, "Wow. Dracula in 1972..." Which was quite the thought since Hammer/AIP Dracula scared the beejeezus out of me when I was a kid.
Aug. 20, 2008, 9:02 p.m. CST
Oh man, you are a bunch of lucky bastards!! I first fell for Miss Caroline in the Sinbad film, then her turn (finally!!) as a Bond Girl in Spy Who Loved Me. And I was all of about 8 years old. To this day I have a thing for long-haired brunettes. I'll need to track this one down.<p> I agree, Captain Kronos is great fun.<p>keep it up Quint. I can't wait for your take on "Little Girl Who Lived Down The Lane."------later-----m
Aug. 20, 2008, 9:35 p.m. CST
Seen the original Ladykillers, but the rest are already on the list. Got a load of Ealing comedies and British War Movies. As currently planned, we'll hit those in November.
Aug. 20, 2008, 10:05 p.m. CST
by Paul Bucciarelli
People are actually having a civil discourse on old Hammer movies without refrains of "Plant!" "(fill in the blank) must die for raping my childhood" or vitriolic political rants. It's just like a real movie geek's site up in here. Count me in also as a lover of Captain Kronos. Those who appriate a good old-fashioned monster comic should read Robert Tinnell's graphic novel The Black Forest. It's the cool Frankenstein/Nosferatu tale that Van Helsing failed so miserably to be. Great fun.
Aug. 21, 2008, 3:18 a.m. CST
...was always one of my faves, although Christopher Lee was barely in it. I seem to recall that Peter Sallis (of Wallace & Gromit fame) also appeared. He didn't roll down a hill in a bathtub though. His 'Last of the Summer Wine' days were still ahead of him at that point...
Aug. 21, 2008, 4:07 a.m. CST
by Charlie & Tex
We wrote a few articles for Gorezone a while back and our paths have crossed with Ms Munro now and again - she IS still gorgeous! K & N
Aug. 21, 2008, 6:44 a.m. CST
..lets's just have a deep, reflective sigh. Anyhow, I'll be meeting her again in a few weeks so I'll be sure to pass on your regards.
Aug. 21, 2008, 10:15 a.m. CST
Cushing and Lee, as customary, kicked ass (most especially Mr. Cushing, the most underrated actor in cinema history. Lee was perpetually aristocratic but Cushing's art was his flexibility). But DRAC '72 suffered from a very generic script; hence, the scene stealers were Stephanie Beacham and Caroline Munro (i.e. their heaving bosoms, one of Hammer's trademarks). Ms. Munro, incidentally, is still gorgeous. By the way, the American release was introduced with a HorrorRitual (free lapel button in the lobby!); the vampire, featured exclusively in this U.S. exposition, was played by Barry Atwater (who was cast as THE NIGHT STALKER during the same year).
Aug. 21, 2008, 10:47 a.m. CST
Except maybe the first murder with the mosquito net doubling up as the shower curtain. I do not recall Norman Bates eating any of his victims. It was just a classic "something evil in the attic" film.
Aug. 21, 2008, 11:34 a.m. CST
Right on the money, dude. A definite sleeper (Marianne Morris recently appeared at a convention or two; I'll kill for an interview). There's an even more sapphic indulgence than was visible in THE VAMPIRE LOVERS. I never understood the opening scene (two hot, naked chicks engaging in some mattress action; the bedroom door swings open, both girls are shot but are subsequently resurrected as vampires. WTF? Who was the assassin? How did the girls convert into blood parasites?). But, to be honest,it never bothered me. It's just very surreal and the film has not dated.
Aug. 21, 2008, 12:21 p.m. CST
by Rando Calrisian
Almost all of the posters in the story have a very similar creepy Dracula freak out face - but they are all a little different. Great posters, there. Not like today's photoshop crap.
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