Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)

Mike / October 14th, 2011


  • newname

    October 14, 2011 at 2:22 am

    The time: NOW.

    Looks like an old-fashioned music video thrown in as that dance scene. Was there some kind of marketing going on for the musicians at that time?

  • TVthePunisher

    October 14, 2011 at 2:23 am

    These things are so timely, I’m loving it. As I’m always on late at night, I can catch these just before I go to bed =)

  • matthewlee

    October 14, 2011 at 2:32 am

    JAMES: Happy Hallween!!!

  • matthewlee

    October 14, 2011 at 2:36 am

    It was my will…

  • Jotunbjorn

    October 14, 2011 at 2:37 am

    Awesome as always. Please do Dracula 3000 😀

  • PDL

    October 14, 2011 at 2:50 am

    I hope Jamestoberfest never ends!

  • October 14, 2011 at 3:25 am

    I got that 4 DVD set with the Dracula films, and have to admit I was pretty disappointed. Horror of Dracula was great, but the others were pretty blah. I will say, I think Christopher Bee is the greatest Dracula of all time. He’s actually scary, hell, he’s beyond scary, he’s terrifying. For instance, in Horror of Dracula when we first see him with the blood on his mouth, and he just rushes in a rage. To me, that’s still scary.

    Man, I really, really hope that James does the Friday the 13th series. How could he not? It’s the most sequel heavy horror franchise ever, and ALL the films kick ass, with exception to the first one.

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  • StonedCanadian

    October 14, 2011 at 3:29 am

    Hahaha, wow, the whole Godzilla Polka dance fit way too well.

  • curt kaskavage

    October 14, 2011 at 3:38 am

    But Hammer told Lee that if he didn’t do from the 3rd film on, he would be responsible for Hammer going out of business. That is the only reason why he did these films. I have all of these on vhs, and the first 3, and Scars of Dracula on dvd. Christopher Lee has always been my favorite actor, and an inspiration to me. Thank you James for doing these reviews, they are awesome

  • LisVender

    October 14, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Hey! The Back to the Future movies (and games) used the same actors to play different characters in the same bloodlines! Why does Zemeckis get a pass? 😉

  • EvertonUnited

    October 14, 2011 at 4:32 am

    There are other monsters than Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster, and the Wolfman. How about a review of the Toxic Avenger you could make some serious funny comments about that one, no? i still love your October and watch them all :). I guess what i am trying to say is that a mix up would be nice but James your the best 🙂

  • Devil_Rising

    October 14, 2011 at 5:16 am


    Like I said on one of the earlier entries, Horror of Dracula, Curse of Frankenstein, and The Mummy remake are all great, classic films. Unfortunately, the sequels to the Dracula and Frankenstein series aren’t all that great, and at the very least, they get worse with each movie. That was certainly the case with the last two Dracula films. I like that Cushing is back, but if you really want to see him as a bad ass, but older Van Helsin, watch Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, the technical “last” in the series, that was co-produced by the Shaw Brothers studio in Hong Kong. It has some great Kung-Fu in it, plus Cushing is in top form as the relentless Van Helsing. He was quite good in Brides of Dracula too.

    I can’t really speak for the Mummy series, as I’ve only seen two of them, and honestly, the first follow up, while not a sequel at all, Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb, is actually pretty decent. But I have to imagine that the second two entries get worse. Especially the last, which, while apparently based on the Bram Stoker novel Jewel of the 7 Stars, featuring (basically) a female mummy, it’s a 70s entry, and the Hammer films all seems to generally go downhill in the 70s (with the exception, again, of the last Van Helsing one). Again, I just personally feel that the 50s and 60s were Hammer’s prime, especially the 60s, and there are a lot of GREAT Hammer films that anyone in here, if they’re so inclined, should look up, that are not part of these series, such as:

    The Abominable Snowman, The Quatermass Xperiment, Quatermass 2, Quatermass and the Pit, Island of Terror, Night of the Big Heat, The Earth Dies Screaming, The Gorgon, The Reptile, Plague of the Zombies, X The Unknown, The Hound of Baskervilles (a GREAT Sherlock Holmes story with Cushing and Lee), The Man Who Could Cheat Death, The Curse of the Werewolf, etc. Like I said, a vast majority of these were in the 60s, and all of them are good to great.

    As for Lee being the scariest Dracula, I suppose I can see that. He played the part with more sinister intent, that is true. But to me, Bela Lugosi was classic in the role, not just because he was the “first”, but because his Dracula was more like what the novel character was, more a charmer and deceiver, even though he does hint at having great power.

  • October 14, 2011 at 6:05 am

    If the ‘Alucard’ character is a Vampire then maybe he is one and the same with the guy at the start who takes the ashes? Although I doubt they thought that far ahead that would be a good way of explaining it.

  • sugreev2001

    October 14, 2011 at 6:07 am

    I disagree,I didn’t enjoy this one at all.Peter Cushing and Chris Lee were great as always,but the unnecessary BGM and setting was not something I expected.

  • kevenz

    October 14, 2011 at 6:25 am

    CaliberW: so you’re saying the first friday the 13th is the worse? that’s just ridiculous….. it’s actually the best……. the worse being jason x.

  • tumAngor

    October 14, 2011 at 6:29 am

    aww this is so great, every day on work i can look forward to a new monster madness video. thanks alot james and keep it goin

  • photon72

    October 14, 2011 at 6:35 am

    I was born in november 72. Probably because my parents prefered to have sex than watching this movie.

  • October 14, 2011 at 8:12 am

    @LisVender – in bttf 3 Shamus and his wife look like Marty and Jennifer…which makes zero sense. Those are two different bloodlines…unless Marty and Jennifer and distant relatives…which might explain why their kids were such freaks….

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  • knightm7

    October 14, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I love the shot of Dracula burning his had with the crucifix. What else is in the shot? A lot of breast.

  • Joker83

    October 14, 2011 at 9:31 am

    man, peter cushing really aged a lot (and terribly) in the five years between this movie and Star Wars

  • horrorfanboy

    October 14, 2011 at 9:53 am

    For those wondering the titles of the movies in the intro, here they are.
    Though I don’t know what movie the clip with the werewolf is from.

    Misery (1990)
    Nightmare (1981)
    Re-Animator (1985)

  • Darthleather

    October 14, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I was let down that Dracula never really went out and interacted with the modern world in this movie. He pretty much just stays in his hideout and let’s his henchman do everything.

  • juggalo747

    October 14, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Christopher Lee is an awesome dracula. Sure he has nothing on Lugosi, but the way that he looks and talks is so dark and creepy.

  • Rodrigo Esparza

    October 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Alucard typed this… also redrum 🙂 (:

  • bostero1905

    October 14, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    JAMES – PLEASE review the movies you show in the intros to these videos!!!! They look spectacular

  • Bleeding_Llama

    October 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm


    Last year, James did Camp Cult. The intro films are from that, I think.

  • Ash Williams

    October 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Enough of Dracula and classic monsters!!!! lets see Jason, Freddy, Michael Myers, Candyman, Children of the Corn sequels!!!! please!!! no more Dracula or Frankenstein or The Wolf Man movies! ¬_¬

  • October 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    It’s a shit Sandwich.

  • blair85

    October 14, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    @Ash Williams But that’s the point of this year’s Monster Madness. James explicitly said that it was this year’s theme to do classic horror movies and their sequels. While those are excellent movies, with sequels, they are not classics (except maybe in the slasher department). Maybe he’ll do them next year

  • tweej

    October 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I can’t believe that Christopher Lee would just refuse to say lines in these movies because the dialog was so bad. I wonder why they wouldn’t just rewrite the script or replace him. The hammer series draculas are just bizarre. I’m learning a lot this month though.

  • 19-2000

    October 14, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    god damn this new video format spring board shit. it’s giving me so much trouble watching these…

  • georgelescay

    October 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    i hop you get The Batman vs Dracula in there because that’s a good movie!!!

  • cuts_and_volts

    October 14, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Godzilla with Polka music? Yes, please!

  • greedo

    October 14, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I’m just curious, James. Have you ever seen the Frank Langella version of Dracula?

  • Mellowtrauma

    October 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Someone should remaster the movie…clean up the sound and replace the god-awful music. Wouldn’t that final battle be more watchable if it had some epic orchestra behind it?

  • Mellowtrauma

    October 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm


    Who would have been a better replacement? Christopher Lee was THE Dracula of his time. If you think about who the legend is based off of, his intensity and holier-than-thou attitude is as good as it gets, Vlad got his nickname “the Impaler” for a reason.

    And the fact that Dracula doesn’t speak often gives us a more sinister character. It the case of Hammer’s Dracula…Less is More.

  • October 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    @Ash Williams and blair85
    There’s still 2 more horror series on the way, and it’s possible you have already mentioned them both.

  • Henrik

    October 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Are you kidding me?! Take the Godzilla jumping scene, add some catchy polka music, loop, and BAM! Instant Internet sensation 😀

    Also, I’ve forgotten to thank you for your effort with Monster Madness this year, it’s as good as always, so thanks a lot 😀

  • October 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm


    What the hell is happening on the background? i cant see a shit!

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Shit Sandwich, eh? Can’t say I’ve heard that before, but it’s a pretty funny phrase, I must admit.

    2 more horror series on the way, eh? Hmmm…

  • GamerSean

    October 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    James I have to really thank you for making Monster Madness. It really opened me up to horror movies before 2000, for the longest time I refused to watch Black and White movies but the way you portrayed some of them made them seem more artistic and fun.

    I hope you continue to make Monster Madness every year =)


  • Firewall_Philip_Hanan

    October 14, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Ah, the 70’s. Peace, love, and vampires!

  • scronan

    October 14, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Two Words:

    Shit sandwich. ^_^

  • October 14, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    I haven’t seen this one yet, but I’ve seen its sequel (The Satanic Rites of Dracula). Dracula + Disco = Discola

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  • Analbag Thats Me

    October 14, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Completely unrelated to Monster Madness, but every time I play one of your videos, Derrick Fisher is doing some charity commercial and it really makes me mad/sad about his stupidity and the NBA being cancelled 🙁

  • InvincibleEagle

    October 14, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I like this movie, but the blatant 70s culture makes it really funny at times.

  • Elvenking

    October 14, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Please tell me we will see a review of a movie that was made in my lifetime soon? LOL…I can really appreciate that you enjoy the older movies and that they ahve nostalgia…I just think that there is fun to be had with the 80’s for sure.

  • lurchman6969

    October 14, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I can’t wait to watch these everyday! You’re very entertaining and knowledgeable! I’m gonna to be sad when this month ends… Keep up the great work!

  • October 15, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Id love to see reviews for Friday 13, Nightmare on Elm St. or even recent stuff like the Saw series 🙂

    but these are great also, love Christopher Lee

  • Kriztoffer Swank

    October 15, 2011 at 5:49 am

    The funk music at the end doesn’t strike me as all that odd considering all the gialli I watch, ha ha

  • Seiryu

    October 15, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    This is actually the only Hammer Dracula film I own on DVD. I saw it in a DVD bargain bin at a grocery store for $5 and it immediately made me think of Cinemassacre and Monster Madness so I just had to pick it up.

    I thought I had Satanic Rites of Dracula, since I have one of those massive DVD collections of public domain horror movies (250 movies in one box), but it turns out it’s not in there. It’s strange, since the box has a picture of Christopher Lee as Dracula on it, but the only movie in the set with Christopher Lee in it is “End of the World”, which had nothing to do with vampires and instead has Lee playing a dual role as the hero and the villain, one being a priest and the other being an alien clone trying to take over the world….

    ….of course!

  • SpeedyEric

    October 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    The silver stake was also used in the Blade film trilogy.

  • GoldenFrog

    October 15, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Whats with the funk music !!!! why do they love ruining good scenes !!

  • Solitary

    October 15, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    The funk music is suppose to be modern variation on that action theme from opening battle… and that’s what it tries to be, fast pacing action scene more than horror. They are fighting and I think it’s a decent action… more horror-ish theme comes after he uses holy water and kills Dracula in that pit.

  • Reimeioh

    October 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    You could always put in the Nicholas Cage defense. Repeating genes or proof that they’re vampires too.

  • Lupin_IV

    October 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Just to continue the whole Hammer-Star Wars connection thing, Christopher Neame, who played Johnny Alucard, was also Jerec the Dark Jedi in the game Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight.

    (Also, he was the bad guy in Suburban Commando)

  • spacewind

    October 17, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Gozilla + polka meme incoming?

  • bafh666

    October 18, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    This one ist called “Dracula jagt Minimädchen” in Germany. which can be loosely translated to “Dracula is hunting for mini-skirt wearing girls”.

  • October 24, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Dracula vs hipies!

  • BheemaDaCashman

    November 21, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    I honestly think you’ve been way too easy on Blood, Grave and 1972.

    • OfficialJab

      March 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm

       @BheemaDaCashman Well he wasn’t exactly praising them. This one got ‘shit sandwich’, if that’s being too easy on it, then maybe you’re being too harsh on it. The music just about gets me on your side, though. ¯◡◡¯·

  • caitseith

    October 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Maybe there was a loud funky party in the castle next door…

  • jake westbrook

    July 4, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    you do summarize this movie very well, but I found the whole thing overall to be very entertaining.

  • Rammer

    April 26, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    This kinda reminds me of the piece of shit movie Dracula 2000.

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