1972 Dracula AD1972

Dracula A.D.1972 – 1972

A Hammer production released by Warner Brothers

Copyright MCMLXXII 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
Designer
Editor
Production Manager
Assistant Director
Continuity
Recordist
Sound Editor
Make-up
Hairdressing
Wardrobe Supervisor
Construction Manager
Casting Director
Assistant Art Director
Dubbing Mixer
Recording Director
Special Effects
Camera Operator
Director of Photography
Music Composed by
“Alligator Man” by
“You Better Come Through” by
Musical Supervisor
Screenplay by
Produced by
Directed by

Roy Skeggs
Don Mingaye
James Needs
Ron Jackson
Robert Lynn
Doreen Dearnaley
Claude Hitchcock
Roy Baker, GBFE
Jill Carpenter
Barbara Ritchie
Rosemary Burrows
Bill Greene
James Liggat
Ron Benton
Bill Rowe
A.W. Lumkin
Les Bowie
Bernie Ford
Dick Bush, BSc
Michael Vickers
Sol Valentino
Jim Barnes
Philip Martell
Don Houghton
Josephine Douglas
Alan Gibson

Cast

Count Dracula 
Professor Van Helsing 
Jessica Van Helsing 
Inspector 
Johnny Alucard 
Joe Mitchum 
Gaynor 
Anna 
Bob 
Greg 
Laura 
Matron 
Mrs Donnelly 
Charles 
Police Surgeon 
Crying Matron 
Hippy Girl 
Hippy Boy 
and introducing  as the rockgroup

Christopher Lee
Peter Cushing
Stephanie Beacham 
Michael Coles
Christopher Neame
William Ellis
Marsha Hunt
Janet Key
Philip Miller
Michael Kitchen
Caroline Munro
Lally Bowers
Constance Luttrell
Michael Daly
Artro Morris
Jo Richardson
Penny Brahms
Brian John Smith
Stoneground

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