The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)

The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) movie poster

director Alan Gibson
viewed: 09/25/2014

One good Dracula deserves another I decided.

The Satanic Rites of Dracula (portentous-sounding, isn’t it?) is the final Christopher Lee/Peter Cushing Dracula film.  They made several together.  In the end, it’s not all that surprising that this one came to be the last.  Now, I haven’t watched the ones recently that led up to it, but it has that sort of tired feeling to it.  When Dracula gets his in the end, he gets tangled in a hawthorn tree, easily pinned by Van Helsing to get his stake in his heart.

It also has a group of satanist-types apparently worshiping Dracula (Lee), who is secretly a corporate bigwig with plans to release a super-virus to destroy the world.  I guess everybody needs a hobby.

One other oddly lame moment comes when a bunch of lady vampires, chained up in the basement (why they are chained up exactly is never explained), get killed by a sprinkler system — since one of the things that can kill a vampire is running water, a symbol of purity — but really?  a sprinkler system?

Probably not Hammer’s greatest film, but entertaining enough.

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