The Satanic Rites of Dracula [Hindi] (1973) - Dubbed
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Plot: In the 1970s, Scotland Yard believed it had uncovered a case of vampirism. They call in veteran vampire researcher Professor Lorrimer Van Helsing (a descendant of Dr. Abraham Van Helsing). Runtime: 87 min Release Date: 03 Nov 1973
By the time AD1972 and Satanic Rites were made it was really time for Hammer to ring the changes. Since the impeccable Dracula and Dracula, Prince of Darkness, the series was getting a trifle predictable. After the charming and slightly silly hippie kitsch of AD1972, Satanic Rites was modelled more on an Alistair Maclean / John le Carre type spy thriller.Traditionally slated by critics, the last few films of Hammer's output differ notably from the earlier work. They have less of the stagebound appearance and kooky lighting for a start and a merciful reduction in day-for-night shots. <more>
Satanic Rites is a potboiler but the key reason I love it so much is the atmosphere. Spies well, policemen v. vampires. Unlike AD1972 the script doesn't try to pull off swinging youngster-speak. Instead we get Joanna Lumley, as watchable as ever, sizzling away getting quite definitely groped by a Sapphically inclined vamp at one point . Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee are as fabulous as ever and ... somehow it all just works.The films also ends with a terrific shot of Christopher Lee struggling to force his way through a hawthorn bush yes, Dracula is killed by a hawthorn bush - honest to God, it's not as if there's a shortage of ways to kill vamps is it? with a very definite crown of thorns. Having exhuasted himself on the hawthorn he is swiftly and professionally dispatched by Cushing. Along with Dracula, Prince Of Darkness this is my favourite Hammer Dracula film and if you're happy and willing to suspend disbelief I suggest that you give it a go. Dramatic, atmospheric hokum never came better.
A polished little film, considering it's Hammer! (by steven-m)
What can one expect from this stable ? I just watched this again in a moment of supreme boredom, when all I wanted was a bit of televisual entertainment, and all that was offered was complete drivel. And for the Nth time, I was entertained.Admittedly, I think that Peter Cushing was a criminally under-rated actor check out Cash On Demand , but when you consider the films parts admirable cast, plausible story, modern setting, and a fairly intelligent script , it's a great little effort.Some moments are particularly sinister and atmospheric. Top marks all round really.
The Satanic Rites (by mjsimoneaux)
This movie is so awful, it's great. If you view the film without expecting it to have any real cinematic value, you can have a great time laughing at all the cheesy dialogue and poor 1970s special effects. Honestly, it's my second favorite Hammer Dracula film next to Horror of Dracula, which was really the only one that could be taken quasi-seriously. My favorite quotes: 1. "Evil rules, you know - it really does." 2. "...the Hawthorne tree, which provided Christ with His crown of thorns..." 3. "My revenge will spread over centuries - and has just begun!" <more>
4. "...to know the inner secrets of those who rule beyond the realms of the unknown - into the precincts of Hades..."
Perhaps The Most Original Dracula Story Ever Told (by blackvelvetandapackofsilkcut)
The Satanic Rites of Dracula was perhaps the most original Dracula tale ever told and one that I am very glad to have seen and have in my collection. It is best to go into this film completely cold, with no foreknowledge of plot. Whatever you are expecting, you're wrong. A truly cross-general film.Solid acting from principal cast members. Excellent direction.And regardless of what others might say, certainly no more loose with the mythos than Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula or the classic Bela Lugosi films.Watch with an open mind and you will be surprised.This is my first experience <more>
How to end the Hammer Dracula series on a high (by Leofwine_draca)
The widely despised final outing for Christopher Lee in his most famous role turns out to be much more entertaining than one would imagine. To enjoy the film one must firstly realise the numerous flaws - it's clichéd, in some places boring and plot less, and some parts don't make sense. But once the viewer gets over these obstacles no small feat then he'll find himself enjoying this action-cum-horror film from director Alan Gibson, who also blessed us with Dracula A.D. 1972. Indeed, the horror takes a back seat to the typical action we're used to seeing in such television <more>
shows as THE AVENGERS. Indeed, Joanna Lumley even stars replacing Stephanie Beacham from the previous instalment which makes the film seem even more like an episode of THE NEW AVENGERS than ever. I'm a big fan of '60s and '70s television shows so maybe that explains why I enjoyed this outing so much.The Satanic Rites of Dracula benefits from a superb cast. Christopher Lee is this time a villain who plans world domination as well as his usual fang-sinking exploits, and although he was sick of the role by this stage he is still perfectly adequate at cutting an imposing presence by lurking around with his long black cape and biting people. Peter Cushing's mere presence lifts the film a few notches as he brings back his role of the stern and inherently good Van Helsing, the perfect match for Lee's evil, murderous Dracula. Joanna Lumley provides effective support and Michael Coles is something of a poor man's David Warner the resemblance is truly uncanny . Freddie Jones enjoys his small role.Included in the plot is a thread about a super plague which is entertaining. There are lots of fight scenes with guards and electronic things exploding a staple of this decade as well as shooting for a change Cushing even takes a slug at one point . Scenes to watch out for are the bit where Cushing visits Lee in his high rise tower block, and Lee speaks with a Bela Lugosi mock accent. There is also a spectacular fiery ending where one man contracts the plague and rots into a black mess while Cushing and Lee lurk about in the forest outside, before Lee gets impaled on a fence post - and dissolves once again! There's a lot of cheesy fun and action to be had from this film, and I enjoyed it a heck of a lot. If you treat it kindly and as a type of cult item then The Satanic Rites of Dracula may just be your cup of tea.
This is a much-maligned film that seems to have been tarred with the same brush as the dire Dracula A.D. 1972, simply because it updates the Dracula legend to the present day. Satanic Rites is an infinitely superior movie, however, and easily the best of the Hammer Dracula sequels. Previous sequels had seen the Count resurrected only to lurk in the shadows and momentarily reveal himself to take his revenge on his foes, reducing Christopher Lee's Dracula to little more than a glorified extra. Satanic Rites is different because it uses Lee's scant appearances to its advantage, keeping <more>
Dracula aloof and mysterious and instead concerning itself with the disease of vampirism, which is compared to a plague. Because of it's science fiction overtones, this feels more like an instalment of The Avengers or Doctor Who than a typical Hammer film. In its present-day setting and apocalyptic storyline, it also seems to be a definite influence on the highly-regarded TV series Ultraviolet. For the fan of classic Hammer Gothic Horror, this is probably best avoided, but for those who enjoy British telefantasy it's an absolute must see.
By the early 70's Hammer Studios began making attempts to revitalize their by now trite'n'tired period Gothic horror formula with varying degrees of success. This enjoyably daft contemporary blend of horror, action and spy suspense thriller rates as one of their more engagingly offbeat efforts. Something sinister is afoot in modern swinging 70's London. For starters, there's a dastardly Satanic cult made up of wealthy businessmen and powerful politicians who participate in sick and kinky unholy rituals. Moreover, the leader of said cult is none other than Dracula <more>
Christopher Lee, as fearsome and imposing as ever . Worse yet, brilliant, yet batty Professor Julian Keeley a delightfully dotty Freddie Jones has been commissioned by Dracula to create a virulent new strain of bubonic plague which could wipe out all mankind. It's up to occult expert Professor Van Helsing Peter Cushing in typically fine form , his comely granddaughter Jessica a pleasingly perky turn by ravishing redhead Joanna Lumley and stalwart Scotland Yard special agent Inspector Murray dashing Michael Coles to stop Dracula before it's too late. Alan Gibson's lively, stylish direction treats the outlandish premise with admirable seriousness and maintains a ceaseless barnstorming pace throughout. The action scenes and shock set pieces are staged with substantial go-for-it brio the use of strenuous slow motion is especially striking and effective . Brian Probyn's bright, sharp cinematography, the plentiful graphic gore, John "Horror Express" Cacavas' funky, rousing, syncopated score, a smidgen of nudity, and sound acting from a tip-top cast all likewise hit the satisfying spot. Grood, groovy 70's fright feature fun.
Not the usual Hammer Dracula but I like it anyway (by TheEdge-4)
I yield to no one in my liking for the standard Hammer Gothic horror set in the Mittel Europe Carpathian mountains complete with villagers who refuse to go near to Castle Dracula unless armed with flaming torches to burn the place down. But every so often, Hammer tried something different, with varying degrees of success. "The Devil Rides Out" was set in 1930s England and is generally regarded by many including me as being one of Hammer's very best films. Others such as "Dracula A.D. 72" often known unofficially as Dracula meets the hippies and this one, "The <more>
Satanic Rites of Dracula", which drag Dracula into modern seventies London, were less critically regarded.Any film set in present day will always date quicker than a film set in the past. "Dracula A.D. 72" suffers in this respect more than "The Satanic Rites of Dracula" as the former features a supposedly wild gang of hippies who are in fact nothing of the kind one of which includes a very young Michael Kitchen, years before "Foyle's War" . "The Satanic Rites" of Dracula", however, largely escapes this fate apart from the motorcycle hit men with a dodgy preference for fur-lined waist coats and long sideburns . I still enjoy "Dracula A.D. 72" nonetheless even though I would class it as very much a guilty pleasure. The "Satanic Rites of Dracula" is literally another story however.One of the highpoints of "Dracula A.D. 72" however is the stylish direction of Canadian director Alan Gibson and Hammer brought him back to helm this final Hammer Dracula unless you count sorry Dracula's cameo appearance in "The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires" . Thanks to Gibson, several scenes here work wonderfully the scene in which Joanna Lumley is menaced in the cellar by the female vampires is particularly well done and the scene in which William Franklyn's character is shot in slow motion was obviously Gibson's idea of an homage to Sam Peckinpah which I promise you you will never see in another Hammer film .In fact, this film is different from nearly all the other Hammer films in a number of ways. It's probably one of the best photographed of all the Hammer films, thanks to cameraman Brian Probyn who had photographed some of Terence Malick's seminal masterpiece "Badlands". The film has a glossy look the belies the small amount of money that was probably spent on making it. In fact, the whole style of the film is different. One of the previous posters here has likened it to an episode of "The Avengers" rather appropriate as Joanna Lumley, here playing Peter Cushing's granddaughter, Jessica Van Helsing, would go on to play Purdey in "The New Avengers" just a few years later . I'd agree with that and as a result the story plays more as a thriller rather than the standard Hammer Gothic horror. I always thought that bringing Dracula into the present day is a spectacularly bad idea, but if you are going to do it, then the way it is done here works fine. The idea of presenting Dracula as a present day Howard Hughes, hardly seen by anyone is a good idea a real bloodsucking businessman, that has to be a first . And John Cacavas' music is effective, even though it is completely different to Hammer regular James Bernard's usual style then again so was Mike Vickers' music in "Dracula A.D. 72" .Acting wise, Lee and Cushing are the usual class acts Lee as usual has little to do other than quote a few lines from Stoker's original when given the chance . Michael Coles, William Franklyn, Freddie Jones and Joanna Lumley are good in support even though Lumley's responsible character of Jessica Van Helsing seems to have changed radically from Stephanie Beacham's rebellious portrayal in "Dracula A.D. 72" - still perhaps nearly falling victim to a vampire does that to a girl . And Valerie Van Ost makes a great vampire once she takes those glasses off, she's beautiful - who knew? If you approach this film as a thriller rather than the traditional Hammer fare, I think you will enjoy it. Just as long as you don't expect any villagers with torches to turn up in the third act although Pelham House does go up in flames anyway - unlike certain vampires, some traditions never die .