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THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA (1973) ***

This was Christopher Lee’s final appearance as Dracula in a Hammer movie, and it’s one of the best in the series. His fiendish plot involves controlling the satanic cult that worships him into unleashing the bubonic plague on modern day swinging London. Dracula also hides out under the name “D.D. Denham” an influential businessman who has power over the most important people in the city. Drac also has a motorcycle riding gang of enforcers and keeps a basement full of vampiric hotties, just cuz. Peter Cushing reprises his role as Van Helsing who teams up with Scotland Yard to stop Dracula once and for all. There’s more nudity and blood than in most Hammer’s Dracula outings (the sacrifice scene is especially titillating), but the ending is kinda weak. (Dracula is felled by a thorn bush! Do what?) Co-starring Freddie (Dune) Jones and Joanna (Absolutely Fabulous) Lumley.

AKA: Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride. AKA: The Rites of Dracula.
Tags: christopher lee, hammer, horror, peter cushing, s, vampires
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