Plot: What’s it about?
Abraham Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) has vanquished the vampire lord Count Dracula (Christopher Lee), leaving only ash behind. But a mysterious figure is present and preserves some of the ashes, which survive the next century intact. In 1972, a young man named Johnny Alucard (Christopher Neame) leads a pack of miscreants who raise holy hell wherever they go. The group crashes into parties and causes chaos, then manages to escape just before the authorities arrive to break up the mess. Alucard has tired of these games however, he wants a more powerful kick. So he takes his ashes and heads to a church, where he plans on grooving with some incantations and raising some evil spirits. But when Count Dracula is brought back to life in the process, is mod London ready for his reign of terror?
As a fan of horror cinema, I am always pleased to see more Hammer Films releases on store shelves. I have waited for this specific title with patience and finally, Warner has issued Dracula A.D. 1972. As you should be able to guess from the title, this movie is all about Dracula in the 70s, all the cliches and dated elements are on full showcase here. The clothes, man the clothes are hilarious and some of this stuff makes Austin Powers look like a fashion plate. So the film is beyond dated of course and tries so damn hard to be cool, but never even comes close, even for a second. To me, Dracula A.D. 1972 is all about high camp and I love Hammer Films, but this one is more humor than horror. The women though, the women are choice and look quite hot, so there is that to also add to the fun. Dracula A.D. 1972 is not a horror classic by any means, but you’re a Hammer fan, then you’ll want to at least check it out.
Video: How does it look?
Dracula A.D. 1972 is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. I was quite pleased with this visual effort, which is a welcome improvement over previous home video editions. The move to digital has given us a clean, detailed image that is sure to delight fans. The print has a low level of grain and marks, but not enough to be worried over. The colors have a bright presence, though not perhaps as vivid as the color scheme would like, while contrast is smooth and error free. This is a solid overall effort, one with a few woes, but nothing serious and on the whole, Warner has delivered.
Audio: How does it sound?
The audio here is about what you’d expect from a 1972 mono option, a little rough around the edges, but still solid. The years have caused some imperfections, such as hiss and a tad of distortion in some scenes, but it all still pans out well enough. The music has some slight muffled tones in a handful of cues, but remains acceptable, while sound effects are a little thin, though that’s expected in this case. The dialogue is mostly clear and clean, with only a few tinny instances, so no worries on that front. This disc also includes a French language track, as well as subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes the film’s theatrical trailer.