Will our open-minded and non-judgmental hippies keep these virtues when faced with an eternity of sucking the blood of the living? Actually, these hippies are doing just that in a metaphorical sense in their "adult" years. Christopher Lee was furious that his contract mandated he make this movie. He apologized to his fans and expressed his embarrassment at being associated with "Dracula A.D. 1972." In 1972, this film might have been a disappointment, but in 2014, a look back at 1972 through the eyes of Hammer Films is a lot of fun.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Dracula A.D. 1972, The Count Comes of Age
1972! The best of times. The United States had an ambitious space program. Canada beat the U.S.S.R. in a summer hockey extravaganza. Russ Meyer was still making terrific movies. The worst of times. Two ghastly individuals, Richard Nixon and George McGovern ran for the presidency in the U.S., giving our citizens a "Hobson's Choice." Pol Pot, on his way to winning a Nobel Peace Prize, was hailed by the international community as a peaceful statesman. Tensions in the middle-east threatened to bring about World War 3. Also in 1972, Hammer Films believed (incorrectly) that horror fans were losing interest in Dracula and attempted to make him a modern day menace. Hence, today's film, from 1972, "Dracula A.D. 1972."