Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Satanic Rites of Dracula

Directed by Alan Gibson.
1973. Rated R, 87 minutes.
Christopher Lee
Peter Cushing
Michael Coles
William Franklyn
Joanna Lumley
Freddie Jones

Some powerful people in British politics are being investigated under the suspicion that they belong to a satanic cult. It soon becomes apparent this is no ordinary cult but they are, in fact, working for Count Dracula. The first problem is that Christopher Lee’s Dracula is one of the lamest incarnations of the character I’ve ever seen. He has nowhere near the mental capacity of the other movie vampires and seems to possess none of their supernatural powers save for transforming people into vampires and immortality provided he avoids the sun and wooden stakes through the heart. Well, this guy can also be killed by silver bullets. Hmmm, I always thought that was for werewolves. Whatever. Forgetting that he needs at least some humans to sustain his own life, he’s bent on getting the humans working for him to create a suped up version of the Bubonic Plague that will wipe out the entire species. And for some unexplained reason he keeps all the ladies he’s transformed chained up in the basement. With a good deal of cheesy dialogue, lame action scenes, nudity and Lee’s poor Bela Lugosi impersonation it definitely finds it’s way into the so-bad-it’s-awesome category.

MY SCORE: -10/10

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