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A Taste of Blood (1967)

Unrated  |   |  Horror  |  9 August 1967 (USA)
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A businessman turns into a vampire after drinking brandy laced with vampire blood and sets out on an odyssey of killing the descendent's of Dracula's executioners.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Rogers ...
John Stone
Elizabeth Wilkinson ...
Helene Stone
William Kerwin ...
Dr. Hank Tyson (as Thomas Wood)
Lawrence Tobin ...
Det. Crane
Ted Schell ...
Lord Gold
Otto Schlessinger ...
Dr. Howard Helsing
Eleanor Vaill ...
Hester Avery
Gail Janis ...
Vivian
Herschell Gordon Lewis ...
The Limey Seaman / Voice of Baron Khron (as Seymour Sheldon)
Judy Waterberry ...
Ida - the maid
Dolores Carlos ...
Sherri Morris
Roy Collodi ...
Delivery Man
Karl Stoeber ...
Man walking dog
Thomas Rowland ...
Detective
Sidney J. Reich ...
Arthur Morris (as Sidney Jaye)
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Mild-mannered Miami businessman, John Stone, receives a parcel from England containing two old bottles of Slivovitz brandy and upon drinking them both, becomes a vampire. Stone uses his new-found vampire powers to keep his wife, Helena, in a trance as he travels to England to kill the descendants of Van Helsing whom murdered Count Dracula while Hesling's distant relative, Howard Helsing, pursues Stone with the intent to put the re-born vampire to rest for good. Written by Anonymous

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9 August 1967 (USA)  »

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The Secret of Dr. Alucard  »

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$65,000 (estimated)
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A Taste Of Blood
5 February 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A Taste Of Blood, is about a businessman named John Stone, who one day receives a package in the mail. In the package are two bottles of brandy and the letter that comes with it says he is a great relative of a rather famous family. John, starts to drink the brandy and soon his wife Helene, notices how much he has changed. He is very cold and distant from her and he sleeps all day and works only at nights. John, soon travels to London where the package came from and learns that he is a descendant of Count Dracula, the vampire and now he is going to kill off everybody who tried to or is related to somebody who tried to kill Count Dracula. Meanwhile back home a man named Dr. Howard Helsing, visits Helene and her friend Dr. Hank Tyson, and tells them that Helene is in great danger and he is too because John wants to kill him too because his ancestor killed Dracula. Not believing at first soon Hank follows Howard, because he notices changes in Helene and does not want to see any more people dead. A Taste Of Blood, is directed by cult filmmaker Herschell Gordon Lewis, who is known as "The Godfather Of Gore" for giving us such films as Blood Feast, 2000 Maniacs, Color Me Blood Red and The Gruesome Twosome. I have seen many of Herschell's films (and have liked them all) but A Taste Of Blood, is different than his usual horror films. One reason is because there is hardly any gore in this film at all. There is maybe three scenes with some very light blood so gore fans might have to look elsewhere for some of his regular gore. Also most of Herschell's films are under 90 minutes running time and this one is 118 minutes, just two minutes short of two hours. The film is well done but it is quite slow moving and doesn't have the same camp value as Herschell's other films and plays more like a straight faced horror film. It is very slow moving but at the same time I was interested in the film and wanted to see how it would carry out. It is not my favorite Herschell film but I still liked it and die hard fans of Herschell will probably like it as well if they don't mind the slowness of the film or it's no violence.


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