Horror: The Satanic Rites of Dracula/The Bat/The Terror 1999 Horror Movie Review
Horror movies Review
THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA
Christopher Lee made one of his final appearances on the big screen as the malevolent Count with a lust for blood, in The Satanic Rites of Dracula. In this dark and diabolical tale, Count Dracula fronts a satanic cult that uses a research establishment and real estate business as a cover for its dastardly deeds in 1970s London. The Count and his followers develop a deadly strain of the bubonic plague, plotting to release it into the unsuspecting city streets. With the entire human race in jeopardy, the dutiful Dr. Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) and Inspector Murray (Michael Coles) set out to stop the evil Count and his minions from carrying out their devilish plan.
The setting of this murder mystery takes place at a proverbial old, dark, and creepy mansion leased for the summer by Cornelia Van Gorder, an eccentric mystery writer who finds inspiration for her novels in her eerie surroundings. But soon after Cornelia moves in, it seems as if one of her mysteries has sprung to life when a strange prowler, who is later dubbed The Bat, breaks into the mansion clad in a fedora, mask, and gloves outfitted with razor-sharp metal claws. The Bat terrorizes Cornelia and her maid and then commits a gruesome act of murder. The frightened novelist, refusing to fall victim to the masked marauder, resolutely sets out to expose the killer’s true identity and get to the bottom of the mystery by turning the tables on the vile villain.
When Napoleonic cavalry soldier Lt. Andre Duvalier (Jack Nicholson) becomes estranged from his unit, he comes upon a mysterious woman named Helene (Sandra Knight) along the coast of Germany. The lieutenant is immediately taken with Helene but quickly becomes suspicious of her actions. It seems as if she is leading him into deadly traps: the powerful ocean’s tide and pits of quicksand. Things take an even stranger turn when Duvalier seeks refuge at a nearby castle maintained by a baron (Boris Karloff), and Helene unexpectedly appears there. The baron is convinced that Helene is the ghost of his long-departed wife Ilsa, but the lieutenant believes Helene is under a hypnotic spell cast by an old witch that is scheming against the baron - slowly driving him to the brink of madness in an act of ruthless revenge…
Special Feature(s): Digitally Remastered, Quiz, Peter Cushing Biography, Christopher Lee Biography, Vincent Price Biography, Jack Nicholson Biography