A dead beat...
Second modernized adaptation of Dracula by the Hammer studios, The Satanic Rites of Dracula centers on cultists, on one hand, and a Scotland Yard investigation on the other. The religious procedural of the previous period pieces has been replaced by that of legal authorities. Christopher Lee slightly modifies his act to scare the current generation, something he also did in Dracula A.D. 1972.
There’s full frontal female nudity for the first time in the series. It speaks to the evolution of mentalities and alters Hammer's branding. The film adopts tropes of detective flicks of its time, but the supernatural aspects create an unlikely hybrid. The soundtrack is current, too, which puts Dracula out of his element. In a way, this is a mix between action grindhouse and Gothic horror.
Sadly, something’s wrong with the ambiance and the dialogue isn’t handled naturally. The franchise has been known for better acting, too. Hammer’s talent for texture is wearing thin. Wet get a couple of horrific scenes featuring nice props and effects, though, and crazy action scenes with guns. We also get Dracula accepting his “fate” and turning into a shady businessman...