Soundtrack Review: Dracula A.D. 1972

Dracula A.D. 1972
Released by BSX Records
15 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 53 min.
Music Composed by Mike Vickers

Growing up watching a lot of television in the early ’70s, you became pretty accustomed to theme shows from shows. So the first time I remember hearing the score for Dracula A.D. 1972, in my head, I heard “A Quinn Martin Production”. While most of you out there have no clue what I’m referring to, they were a production company that made more than a few shows back then.

Anyhoo… That is the big difference with this score, coming from Hammer that was known for their bold and gothic musical scores, hitting your ears as hard as the bright red blood hit your eyes. Vickers came up with a very modern, almost jazz sounding Main Theme, that while dramatically different from Hammer’s past, it actually works quite well here. The music, as well as the film, are quite dated in their look and feel. But Vickers does a pretty good job blending in the new with the old. Track # 5, Devil’s Circle Music: Excerpt from White Noise, is a wild mixture of percussions, distorted screaming, and other disturbing sounds, blended together like a bad acid trip. But when viewed in the film, it works just right.

Then, with our very next track, Baptism by Blood, with mainly some wind instruments, Vickers creates another very uneasy mood. Then when we get to Dracula Rising, we get that feeling of the old Hammer sound, with horns rising up. What sounds like a kettle drum in the back makes it feel more modern (for the time again), but then it slips right back into more of that heavier jazz mix, before going full ’70s rock sound.

If you’re not a fan of this particular entry in Hammer’s Dracula movies, then you’re probably not going to enjoy the soundtrack. But if you are a fan, then you’ll enjoy this as well. Yes, it is very dated, but that is one of the fun parts about it.

The CD also has two tracks from the band Stoneground, who was playing in the beginning of the film at the party.

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