Count Dracula leads a Satanic cult of prominent scientists
and politicians into developing a gruesome plague virus. His only obstacle is
his old nemesis Lorimar Van Helsing.
- Directed by
Joanna Lumley as Jessica
Patrick Barr as Lord Carradine
William Franklyn as Torrence
John Harvey (III) as Commissionaire
Peter Cushing as Professor Larimer Van Helsing
Christopher Lee as Count Dracula
Freddie Jones as Professor Julian Keeley
- US Release 13 January
- Running Time: 87 minutes
Count is keeping influencial friends in this weird tale of Vampiric Revenge; he's
planning to use his pals to spread a virus, and kill everyone, including, one
assumes, his link in the food chain. Silly boy!
At the tail end of the Hammer
List, they'd learned to chuck in a few semi-naked women, though why they are chained
in the cellar is never shared with us.
Once they've got our attention, the
plague business is rather buried under a bunch of set-piece chases and shootings.
Only once does Dracula look or behave in a remotely vampiric way; blink and you'll
miss it. As did Van Helsing, who really had problems keeping his concentration
through most of the movie, though he managed to look suitably miffed whenever
his granddaughter (Joanna Lumley) was threatened. Regularly.
snarling and gnashing of our chained friends downstairs, and frequent mentions
of how awfully powerful Dracula is, the vampire home is protected by a bunch of
sheep-skin coated youths with a penchant for being shot off their motorbikes.
it's really a pretty sad movie; if the cast can't get remotely concerned about
the impending end of the world, why should we?