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SINKING FANGS INTO THE UNDERRATED DRACULA A.D. 1972

Year of Release for DRACULA A.D. 1972: Take a Wild Guess
Dracula, revamped by Hammer film staple Christopher Lee, returns to England during the hippie era, 1972...

Stephanie Beachum & Christopher Lee
Summoned by a group of swinging rebels led by a CLOCKWORK ORANGE style swinger, who gathers his "gang" in a dilapidated old church where Drac's ashes were buried years ago...

The kids sit in a circle, chant some spells, writhe and moan and the fanged foe emerges from the grounds of the churchyard outside: Christopher Lee first sinks his fangs into sexy brunette Caroline Munru and eventually gets a feverish drive to capture Stephanie Beacham, as Jessica Van Helsing, whose grandfather is Peter Cushing, relative of the famous slayer who, as a bookworm anthropologist, now must stop the caped leech before necking all the ladies. At the same time, New Scotland Yard tries solving the case, which is far over their head and understanding, adding a human element through the lurking shadowy mainline.
Caroline Munru in the throes of vampireness
And Lee's not the only significant Christopher on board...

Christopher Neame is the important cog in this wheel. Begging for, and then landing his, coveted eternal life through a bite on the neck of his mentor, as a vampire he's provided a chance to really chew, or rather, bite the scenery.
Stephanie Beacham and Peter Cushing
Since Neame's Johnny Alucard was a bullying leader to the kids before the transformation and, in providing Christopher Lee all his female friends, is the ultimate middle-man: the kind of sociopathic weasel that, although second-tier compared to Dracula, steals much of the film through manipulation and ratty, exuberant villainy. Especially when he and Drac go after Beacham, a gorgeous scream queen starlet with strength matching vulnerability, and who Cushing desperately needs to protect.  

While not exactly scary to today's standards, it's sexy, intriguingly suspenseful, additively creepy and lots of bloody fun. But don't expect a worthy reunion of Cushing and Lee. It's more of a body count thriller centered on Dracula and the sexy doomed starlets.
Christopher Neame leads the gang
Stephanie Beacham and Peter Cushing
Christopher Lee bites Caroline Munro
Sometimes the cameos are really cute...
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