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The Seventies: Over The Top

 

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Movies from the 1970s

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This was a key period in the history of Vampire movies, and was dominated by the British movies produced by Hammer.

The standard was set by The Horror of Dracula in 1958, but few of the sequels matched this, though the combination of Christopher Lee as the Count, and Peter Cushing as Van Helsing seemed to work at the box office.

These were broadly consistent with the original Dracula story, though as sequel followed sequel, the link became more and more tenuous.

There were other Vampire movies during this period, of course, but many of them followed the Hammer trend of sleek middle-aged aristocrat chasing (mostly) young women. Alas, many of the US movies of this period were still very much in the B-movie mode.

While Hammer rarely did more than suggest sexuality, this was a period when many movies went quite a lot further. At least as far as undressing the female lead actors ... many of these films have been called 'cult' movies, even 'art house' movies - but that's just college boys having their first sight of blood and sex in the same movie. Few of these movies really deserve special status; their 'specialness' was usually a very low budget.

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4 star

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Excellent ! Thoroughly recommended

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3 star

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Pretty Good - minor problems only

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2 star

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OK - but should have been much better

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1 star

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Only if it's on Free-to-View!

 no stars!no stars!bomb For TV addicts and obsessives
 Vampire Award: The Worst Movie of the Year  Vampire Award: The Worst Movie of the Year

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