The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)

UK, 1973
87m
35mm film, Technicolor, 1.85:1
mono, English

A British horror film directed by Alan Gibson. It features the final performance as Dracula in a Hammer Film by Christopher Lee.

Plot Summary

Dracula is now passing himself off as D.D. Denham, a property developer operating out of offices built on the site of the now demolished St Bartolph’s church. Meanwhile, government security agency SI7 is investigating the mysterious PERG (Psychical Examination and Research Group) and the presence at its headquarters, Pelham House, of prominent industrialists, politicians and scientists. When one of their agents gets out of Pelham House, albeit fatally wounded, with tales of Satanic rituals, Special Branch officer Murray calls in Lorrimer Van Helsing as a consultant. Together they learn that one of the men, Professor Julian Keeley has developed the aforementioned strain of bubonic plague for Denham, whom Van Helsing of course reveals to be Dracula. Van Helsing deduces that Dracula has finally grown tired of his endless cycle of deaths and rebirths and plans to destroy every human on the planet…

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Alan Gibson
© 1973 Hammer Film Productions Limited
A Hammer production
Produced by: Roy Skeggs
Associate Producer: Don Houghton
Production Manager: Ron Jackson
Screenplay by: Don Houghton
Assistant Director: Derek Whitehurst
Continuity: Elizabeth Wilcox
Director of Photography: Brian Probyn
Camera Operator: Chic Anstiss
Editor: Chris Barnes
Labs: Technicolor
Music Composed by: John Cacavas
Musical Supervisor: Philip Martell
Sound Recordist: Claude Hitchcock
Sound Editor: Terry Poulton
Dubbing Mixer: Dennis Whitlock
RCA Sound Recording
Wardrobe Supervisor: Rebecca Breed
Make-Up: George Blackler
Hairdresser: Maud Onslow
Special Effects: Les Bowie
Art Director: Lionel Couch
Assistant Art Director: Don Picton
Construction Manager: Ken Softley
Made at EMI/MGM Elstree Studios, Boreham Wood, Hertfordshire, England
Casting Director: James Liggat

Cast
Christopher Lee (Count Dracula)
Peter Cushing ([Professor Laurimer] Van Helsing)
Michael Coles ([Inspector] Murray)
William Franklyn (Torrence)
Freddie Jones (Professor Keeley)
Joanna Lumley (Jessica)
Richard Vernon (Mathews)
Patrick Barr (Lord Carradine)
Barbara Lu Ying (Chin Yang)
Lockwood West (Freeborne)
Richard Mathews (Porter)
Maurice O’Connell (Hanson)
Valerie Van Ost (Jane)
Peter Adair (doctor)
Maggie Fitzgerald, Pauline Peart, Finnuala O’Shannon, Mia Martin (vampire girls)
John Harvey (commissionaire)
Marc Zuber (guard 1)
Paul Weston (guard 2)
Ian Dewar (guard 3)
Graham Rees (guard 4)

Alternative Titles

Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride
Dracula braucht frisches Blut
– Germany
Dracula is Alive and Well and Living in London
Dracula is Dead… and Well and Living in London
Dracula is Dead – but Well – and Living in London
– working title
Dracula och djävulsdyrkarna – Sweden
Dracula vit toujours à Londres – France
Rites of Dracula
Los ritos satánicos de Drácula
– Spain
I satanici riti di Dracula – Italy

Sequel to
Dracula (1958)
The Brides of Dracula (1960)
Dracula Prince of Darkness (1966)
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)
Scars of Dracula (1970)
Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969)
Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)

Sequel
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

Press

1974
CinemaTV Today no.10067 (26 January 1974) p.1
A hotchpotch of incidents designed to display the maximum number of fangs, gunshot wounds, pints of blood, and bare-breasted girl vampires. All the shocks are obvious and visual, with nothing left to tingle the imagination, and the restless plot spares little time for the building up of suspense. However, there is plenty going on and uncritical addicts should enjoy it well enough. – from a review review (The new films) by Marjorie Bilbow

References

Periodicals

  • Castle of Frankenstein no.23 p.48
  • Cinema of the ’70s no.1 (2020) pp.49-68 – illustrated article (Straight on till ’79: A decade of Hammer horror by Ian Taylor)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10004 (28 October 1972) p.17 – note (Films for November)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10006 (11 November 1972) p.17 – illustrated article (Hammer’s eighth ‘Dracula’)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10007 (18 November 1972) p.10 – credits
  • CinemaTV Today no.10067 (26 January 1974) p.15 – credits, review (The new films by Marjorie Bilbow)
  • Dark Terrors no.17 (2000) p.45 – illustrated video review
  • Flesh and Blood no.3 (1994) p.38 – illustrated credits, review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.224 no.5 (1 December 1972) p.17 – credits
  • The House That Hammer Built no.8 (April 1998) pp.449 – 456 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Monsters From the Vault no.2 p.12 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.41 no.482 (March 1974) p.51 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Photon no.27 (1976) pp.9-10 – review
  • Samhain no.62 p.32 – review
  • Variety 6 December 1978 p.42 – credits, review
  • Video Junkie no.1 pp.25-26 – review
  • Video Watchdog no.19 p.7 – review

Books

  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.282
  • Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing and Horror Cinema: A Filmography of Their 22 Collaborations by Mark A. Miller pp.330-345
  • The Christopher Lee Filmography by Tom Johnson and Mark A. Miller pp.257-261
  • Cinematic Vampires by John L. Flynn pp.95-97
  • Count Dracula Goes to the Movies: Stoker’s Novel Adapted (3rd Edition) by Lyndon W. Joslin pp.231-236
  • Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again by John Stanley p.334 – credits, review (by John Stanley)
  • A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series by Ken Hanke pp.203-204; 205
  • The Cult Films of Christopher Lee by Jonathan Sothcott pp.224-233
  • Dracula in the Dark: The Dracula Film Adaptations by James Craig Holte pp.63-66 – note
  • Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010 by John Edgar Browning and Caroline Joan (Kay) Picart p.151
  • Educational Institutions in Horror Film: A History of Mad Professors, Student Bodies, and Final Exams by Andrew L. Grunzke pp.50-53
  • Elliot’s Guide to Films on Video (3rd edition) p.701 – credits, review
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.130, 157, 244, 245-47, 246
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.223, 298
  • Film Review 1974-75 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.204
  • The Films of Christopher Lee by Robert W. Pohle Jr and Douglas C. Hart pp.161-162
  • Good Versus Evil in the Films of Christopher Lee by Paul Leggett pp.128-136; 168-169
  • Hammer Complete: The Films, the Personnel, the Company by Howard Maxford pp.714-717 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Hoffman’s Guide to SF, Fantasy and Horror Movies 1991-1992 p.176 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.67
  • Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir pp.289-292 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.195 – credits, review
  • The Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide by Stephen Jones p.90 – credits, review
  • Lord of Misrule (new edition) by Christopher Lee p.301
  • Peter Cushing: The Gentle Man of Horror and His 91 Films by Deborah Del Vecchio and Tom Johnson pp.326-331
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.418 – credits
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.149-150
  • Terror Tracks: Music, Sound and Horror Cinema by Philip Hayward (ed) pp.61
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.188-189
  • Vampire Films of the 1970s: Dracula to Blacula and Every Fang Between by Gary A. Smith pp.17-19; 218 – illustrated review; credits
  • The World of Fantasy Films by Richard Myers p.85

Other Sources

  • Darkfest III Official Programme p.4 – illustrated listing