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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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Will Dracula's avenger turn loose his wrath into the 1970's? See more »

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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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Trivia

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Goofs

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Quotes

The Limey Seaman: Hi ya Governor! Aint t'night fit for t'devil!
John Stone: I wouldn't know.
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Lewis is out of his comfort zone and it shows.
21 January 2012 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Of all the horror directors to ever tackle a Dracula movie, 'godfather of gore' Herschell Gordon Lewis has got to be one of the most unlikely, his previous stock-in-trade being nudie cutie features and trashy splatter flicks—pure exploitation with a side order of schlock. For A Taste of Blood, Lewis tones down his usual boobs and blood technique for a more sedate, considered approach, the emphasis being on character development and atmosphere; the result is quite possibly the most boring Dracula movie I've ever seen.

Technically, the film is fairly accomplished for a Lewis film, the director coaxing bearable performances from his better than usual cast, managing to keep most of his shots in focus, and even experimenting with lighting; however, at almost two hours long, A Taste of Blood is an endurance test even for Lewis aficionados, with only curvaceous blonde star Elizabeth Wilkinson's impressive cleavage and the occasional unintentionally funny moment to alleviate the extreme monotony.

For those brave souls who intend to stay the distance, here's my I-Spy checklist of amusing/interesting details to help keep you awake: director Herschell Gordon Lewis providing what must be the worst ever London accent in the history of film; the world's largest letter knife; John's lighter, set to 'flamethrower' mode, his 'beautiful' ring, and his remarkable ability to memorise a telephone number and address; Mrs. Stone's extraordinary large knocker (the one on her door!), her scary drawn on eyebrows, and her inability to repeat everything as ordered; repetitive music on a constant loop; the letter supposedly sent from London that uses the US convention for setting out a date.

2.5 out of 10, rounded up to 3 for Elizabeth Wilkinson's big old knockers (the ones straining to stay inside her dress!).


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