The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)

Rounding out our week of Hammer Horror flicks, which, has become two weeks thanks to my fucking computer, is none other than my other Dracula movie which stands atop the top of the mountain which is Hammer Horror, The Satanic Rites of Dracula.

In an isolated country mansion, a group of robed and hooded men gather around an altar to celebrate a black rite: one involving a cockerel, a naked young woman and a chalice full of blood. What makes these men unique is not just their occult devotion, but their central positions in the halls of wealth and power. In them, Dracula has found the perfect vehicles for his latest plot. Only this time, he is after more than just vengeance on his old foes, the Van Helsing clan. This time Dracula is set to destroy all humanity…dunt dunt dunt!

The second of Hammer’s Dracula movies to have a modern setting, The Satanic Rites of Dracula is a direct sequel to the previous year’s Dracula A.D. 1972 (which because of certain events the past week, I didnt get around to it.). Peter Cushing reprises his role as Lorimer Van Helsing, a university professor, expert on the occult, and possibly a descendant of one or more Van Helsings from previous Hammer movies. His plucky granddaughter Jessica also reappears, portrayed this time by Joanna Lumley. This time round, Jessica has shed her hippie ways and become a good deal more serious, presumably due to her brush with evil in the previous film.

With this being the only other “modern” Hammer horror film along side Dracula A.D. 1972, I was really hoping they made more films. Well, as it turns out Hammer horror is back! Christopher Lee will be returning to the company that made him a household name in a new film called The Resident due out sometime next year. I could not be more thrilled!


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