Film #306: SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA
Satanic Rites of Dracula
2 out of 5 stars
Painfully slow Dracula movie starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. The proceedings move along at a snail’s pace here and it’s a full 33 minutes into the runtime before The Count decides to show up. Everyone is perfectly serviceable here although both Cushing and Lee have played these roles so long they are pretty much sleepwalking through them (especially Lee - is it any wonder this is his last performances and the toothy Count?). Look for Joanna Lumley (ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS), Michael Coles, and Freddie Jones in minor roles, but… that’s all of little consolation. There’s nothing particularly wrong with SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA (other than it’s pace), but there’s also nothing really right about it. Safe enough for younger viewers (although there are some breasts), but even they may start eyeing the Fast Forward button.