1972 Dracula AD72

Dracula AD72 - 1972

A Hammer production released by Warner Brothers

Copyright MCMLXXlI Hammer Film Productions Limited - All rights reserved

MPAA Approved Certificate 

The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character, or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional 

RCA Sound System 

Made at Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire, England 

Colour Processed by Humphries Laboratories 95 mins 

Storyline

In London in 1872, Count Dracula is destroyed by his arch enemy Van Helsing. The action then moves forward a hundred years to swinging Chelsea, where a bunch of really cool, but very bored, cats hang round a coffee bar. To liven things up, one of their number, Johnny Alucard, who just happens to be a disciple of the Devil, suggests holding a Black Mass in a local de-sanctified church. During the service, as planned by Alucard, Dracula is resurrected and immediately sinks his fangs into Laura, one of the girls. His main objective, though, is to have his revenge on the Van Helsing family, one of whom, Jessica, is a member of the gang of pretty young things.....

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Crew

Production Supervisor Roy Skeggs
Designer Don Mingaye
Editor James Needs
Production Manager Ron Jackson
Assistant Director Robert Lynn
Continuity Doreen Dearnaley
Recordist Claude Hitchcock
Sound Editor Roy Baker, GBFE
Make-up Jill Carpenter
Hairdressing Barbara Ritchie
Wardrobe Supervisor Rosemary Burrows
Construction Manager Bill Greene
Casting Director James Liggat
Assistant Art Director Ron Benton
Dubbing Mixer Bill Rowe
Recording Director A.W. Lumkin
Special Effects Les Bowie
Camera Operator Bernie Ford
Director of Photography Dick Bush, BSc
Music Composed by Michael Vickers
"Alligator Man" by Sol Valentino
"You Better Come Through" by Jim Barnes
Musical Supervisor Philip Martell
Screenplay by Don Houghton
Produced by Josephine Douglas
Directed by Alan Gibson

Cast

Count Dracula Christopher Lee
Professor Van Helsing Peter Cushing
Jessica Van Helsing Stephanie Beacham 
Inspector Michael Coles
Johnny Alucard Christopher Neame
Joe Mitchum William Ellis
Gaynor Marsha Hunt
Anna Janet Key
Bob Philip Miller
Greg Michael Kitchen
Laura Caroline Munro
Matron Lally Bowers
Mrs Donnelly Constance Luttrell
Charles Michael Daly
Police Surgeon Artro Morris
Crying Matron Jo Richardson
Hippy Girl Penny Brahms
Hippy Boy Brian John Smith
and introducing Stoneground as the Rockgroup

Footnotes

Exactly why Hammer got involved in this fiasco can easily be explained by the fact that Warner Brothers were actually very keen to finance an updated version of the Dracula myth. What they got, though, was a film which was dated even before its release, but which is worth seeing because it is now funnier than any of the comedies produced by Hammer! On a more serious note, it does seem that the Company was by this time on the slippery slope, desperately looking for something to restore them to their winning ways.
 Despite everything, however, it should be added that Messrs. Cushing and Lee manage to deliver performances well up to their usual high standard, although Christopher Lee does seem to have a slightly bemused expression throughout!
 Stephanie Beacham starred again with Peter Cushing in Amicus's "..,and now the Screaming Starts" (1973).
 Caroline Munro had come to Hammer's attention thanks to the Lambs Navy Rum adverts in which she had appeared (one of the posters can in fact be seen plastered to the side of the bus garage in "On the Buses"). She also appeared in Hammer's "Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter" (also 1972). 
In the 1950s, producer Josephine Douglas presented, along with Pete Murray, BBC TV's legendary pop music show "Six-Five Special". 
Incidentally, the trick of reversing 'Dracula' to produce the name 'Alucard' was not a new one and the idea had been used by Universal Pictures in their "Son of Dracula" (1943, with Lon Chaney, Jnr).

Details were complied viewing the actual film. 
Source of viewing copy - The Hammer Graveyard Collection