DRACULA AD 1972
Director - Alan Gibson, Screenplay - Don Houghton, Producer - Josephine
Douglas, Photography - Richard Bush, Music - Michael Vickers, Songs -
Stoneground, Special Effects - Bowie Films, Makeup - Jill Carpenter,
Production Design - Don Mingaye. Production Company - Hammer.
Cast: Peter Cushing (Professor Lorrimer Van Helsing), Christopher Lee
(Count Dracula), Stephanie Beachem (Jessica Van Helsing), Christopher
Neame (Johnny Alucard), Michael Coles (Inspector Murray)
London today. A group of young people are attending a party in Chelsea
enlivened only by the Stoneground group. Jessica Van Helsing, who lives
with her grandfather, Professor Van Helsing, is there with a number of
friends. Among them: Bob, Joe, Gaynor, Greg, Laura, Anna and Johnny
Alucard, a direct descendant of Dracula’s disciple.
Johnny’s suggestion that they liven things up by “keeping a date with
the Devil” at a rget, and she is eventually trapped when Bob, now a
vampire, lures her to a rendezvous where Johnny is waiting to take her
to the Master.
Van Helsing goes to her rescue, first tracking down Johnny to his flat
where a violent fight between the two results in the young Alucard’s
death when he falls backward into the bath, a Vampire killed by water.
On his way to St. Bartolph’s Church, where Jessica is trapped by Dracula,
Van Helsing finds the dead body of Bob spread-eagled on a tomb. A
newly-initiated vampire, he had been unable to return to a grave before
the sun rose.
Van Helsing rescues Jessica from the grips of Dracula, and the foes
engage in a desperate fight to destroy each other. Van Helsing stabs
Dracula with a silver dagger, but unfortunately, the object is removed
by Jessica under the influence of the Count, and the battle continues.
Cleverly, Van Helsing lures the Vampire out of the church into a trap
that he constructed during the daylight hours prior to entering the
church. Dracula is impaled by several wooden stakes in a ditch.
Triumphant in this last battle between the forces of good and evil,
he covers the ground over the decaying, shriveled remains, putting to
rest the corrupt powers of Dracula.
Screen grabs by Stuart Hall
Disclaimer: Dracula AD 1972 was copyrighted 1972 by Hammer Film
Productions Ltd. and renewed in 1987.
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