Dracula A.D. 1972/Fun Facts

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< Dracula A.D. 1972
  • The film was inspired by the story of the Highgate Vampire, a media sensation surrounding reports of supposed supernatural activity in Highgate Cemetery in London in the early 1970s.
  • The character of Jessica Van Helsing was originally written to be the daughter of Professor Van Helsing. However, the death of Cushing's wife aged him considerably, so the script was quickly re-written to make him Jessica's grandfather.
  • Dracula's taunting of Van Helsing in the church ("You would play your brains against mine, against me who has commanded nations?") directly references Dracula's dialogue from Bram Stoker's novel: "Whilst they played wits against me, against me who commanded nations, and intrigued for them, and fought for them, hundreds of years before they were born, I was countermining them."
  • Renamed for its French and Spanish releases because it was reached theaters there one year later.
  • Paul Annett was offered the chance to direct this project.
  • The music used in the church resurrection scene is "The Black Mass: An Electric Storm in Hell" from the 1969 album "An Electric Storm" by White Noise. The group themselves were an experimental space-age rock combo formed by David Vorhaus and featuring Delia Derbyshire & Brian Hodgson from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
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