Satanic Rites of Dracula
(1974) from Tuna
Satanic Rites of Dracula (1974) is the last in the Hammer series of
Dracula films staring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, and is far
from the best.
|This time, Dracula is
going to destroy the earth with a super-variant of the Bubonic Plague,
and has enlisted key members of society to help him. The plot is paper
thin, and there is very little gore, or even atmosphere. Much of the
running time is taken up by barbarian coated goons on motorcycles who
act as security for the Count's clubhouse.
||Maggie Fitzgerald as a sacrifice
victim is naked on and off through the entire film, but we only get a
good look at her petite breasts.
Valerie Van Ost, as a British Secret
Service agent's secretary turned vampire, shows a substantial breast
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, there is nothing catastrophically wrong with this
genre film, there is just nothing compelling about it. C-.
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