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Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

GP  -  Drama | Fantasy | Horror  -  7 June 1970 (USA)
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Three elderly distinguished gentlemen are searching for some excitement in their boring bourgeois lives and get in contact with one of count Dracula's servants. In a nightly ceremony they ... See full summary »

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William Hargood
Gwen Watford ...
Martha Hargood
Linda Hayden ...
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Samuel Paxton
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Paul Paxton (as Anthony Corlan)
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Jonathon Secker
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Inspector Cobb
Russell Hunter ...
Felix
Shirley Jaffe ...
Betty - Hargood's Maid
Keith Marsh ...
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Three elderly distinguished gentlemen are searching for some excitement in their boring bourgeois lives and get in contact with one of count Dracula's servants. In a nightly ceremony they restore the count back to life. The three men killed Dracula's servant and as a revenge, the count makes sure that the gentlemen are killed one by one by their own sons. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Trivia

Les Bowie was asked to the special effects but was busy (source Hammer Unsung Heroes by Wayne Kinsey). See more »

Goofs

During the prologue Weller hears a series of earsplitting, bloodcurdling screams, which lead him to witness Dracula's demise. However, whilst impaled on the cross during Dracula Has Risen From The Grave, the Count makes little in the way of noise - gasps rather than ear-piercing shrieks capable of pervading through the dead of night. See more »

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Dracula: Alice...
Alice Hargood: Who are you? How d'you know my name?
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Referenced in The Bloodiest Show on Earth: Making Vampire Circus (2010) See more »

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More Style rather than Substance
10 October 2000 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

MORD39 RATING: **1/2 out of ****

This is a gorgeous-looking film to behold. It is absolutely glowing with Victorian richness and gothic beauty.

As for the story itself, it's another weak one. It starts out admirably with a group of thrill-seeking businessmen purchasing the powdered remains of Dracula and joining the eccentric Ralph Bates in an unholy ceremony wherein Dracula is revived via the death of his servant. When the resurrected Count angrily warns: "They have destroyed my servant...they shall be destroyed!" all credibility as to his motives go out the window; Dracula could not be renewed without his servant's death, so why the desire for revenge? Why does he even care about a peasant like that?

Dracula was not originally intended to be in the story, so he appears to be out of place. Chris Lee's screen time is again brief, and he's not given much to do except be the orchestrator for revenge as he makes the children of the businessmen kill their parents for him.

The film, as stated earlier, is beautiful to behold and still fun to watch despite the Dracula flaws described above. Lee kept vowing never to play the part again sequel after sequel, yet he still hung on for the next few.


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