Dracula's Last Rites (1979)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Costume Horror  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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In Last Rites, aka Dracula's Last Rites, the infamous Count employs a tactic first used in Son of Dracula, ensuring his anonymity by spelling his name backwards. This seems to fool the citizens of the upstate New York township wherein a certain A. Lucard is employed as a mortician. Even if they were to see through this facade, they would get little help from the local sheriff since he's a vampire too. Together with the town doctor, they manage to procure fresh blood by falsifying death certificates for still-living accident victims who are then spirited off to Lucard's mortuary to become late-night snacks. The plan eventually comes undone when one of their victims manages to escape, and the town just isn't big enough for one more vampire. Even if one were to overlook the film's pitifully low production values and numerous technical flaws (including what may be a record for boom mikes plunging into frame), one would still find little entertainment value in this dreary, poorly acted mess.

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bloodshed, doctor/nurse, Dracula, mortician, police-chief, small-town, vampire