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Alan Gibson ) The Satanic Rites of Dracula

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While Hammer’s The Satanic Rites of Dracula hasn’t garnered much critical or fan acclaim, it holds a special place in my heart for the sheer insanity of it’s plot: a resurrected Count Dracula, aided by members of a death cult, cultivates a virulent plague in the hopes of unleashing it on the world. The script, by Doctor Who veteran Don Houghton (Inferno, The Mind of Evil) is pure science-fiction fun, and if for no other reason it should be appreciated as the last time Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee would share the screen as van Helsing and his vampire nemesis.

So – not an amazing film by any means, but an entertaining and – for Hammer fans – mildly significant outing.

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