The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1974) from Tuna

The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1974) is the last in the Hammer series of Dracula films staring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, and is far from the best. 
This time, Dracula is going to destroy the earth with a super-variant of the Bubonic Plague, and has enlisted key members of society to help him. The plot is paper thin, and there is very little gore, or even atmosphere. Much of the running time is taken up by barbarian coated goons on motorcycles who act as security for the Count's clubhouse. 


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DVD info from Amazon.

  • Widescreen letterbox, 1.85:1

  • "the world of Hammer" featurette

Maggie Fitzgerald as a sacrifice victim is naked on and off through the entire film, but we only get a good look at her petite breasts.

Valerie Van Ost, as a British Secret Service agent's secretary turned vampire, shows a substantial breast briefly.

The Critics Vote

  • Maltin 1.5/4

The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters score it 4.8 
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, there is nothing catastrophically wrong with this genre film, there is just nothing compelling about it. C-.

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