director Alan Gibson
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.