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Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

GP  -  Drama | Fantasy | Horror  -  7 June 1970 (USA)
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Three middle-aged distinguished gentlemen are searching for some excitement in their boring bourgeois lives and get in contact with one of Count Dracula's servants, Lord Courtley. In a ... See full summary »

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Geoffrey Keen ...
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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Lucy Paxton
John Carson ...
Jonathon Secker
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Jeremy Secker
Ralph Bates ...
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Weller
Michael Ripper ...
Inspector Cobb
Russell Hunter ...
Felix
Shirley Jaffe ...
Betty - Hargood's Maid
Keith Marsh ...
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Three middle-aged distinguished gentlemen are searching for some excitement in their boring bourgeois lives and get in contact with one of Count Dracula's servants, Lord Courtley. In a nightly ceremony, they restore the count to life. However, the three men killed Courtley and, in revenge, the count ensures that the gentlemen are killed one by one by their own children. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Some writers have claimed that Vincent Price was going to play a fourth member Of Geoffrey Keen's Thrill Seekers but budget cuts removed the character so his part was shared among John Carson, Peter Sallis and Keen. See more »

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When Paxton and Secker push the slab from the "stone" sarcophagus, the whole structure shakes, betraying its fake, lightweight nature. See more »

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William Hargood: [to Alice] I haven't beaten you since you were a little girl.
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Another fine example
30 January 2005 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Always been a big fan of Hammer Horror and this is one of the best of the Dracula series.A travelling salesman(Roy Kinnear) comes across the Count(Christopher Lee as always) impaled on a giant gold crucifix(as the previous film ended) - he collects the cloak,ring and the dried blood and returns to England. There we meet three late Victorian gentlemen - Hargood(Geoffrey Keen),Carson(Jonathen Secker) and Paxton(Peter Sallis) - by day they are respectable Church-goers but at night go to the East End for "Charity" work - of course this means they go whoring in brothels but have found their experiences becoming jaded

  • they seek new excitements. This arrives in the form of Lord


Courtley(Ralph Bates)a dissolute aristocrat who dabbles in black magic and realises he can get the 3 to buy the goods from Kinnear and summon up Dracula. The 3 are dubious but Courtley persuades them and in a disused churchyard the summoning takes place - the 3 realise they are way out of their depths and when Courtlery dies they flee. What they haven'r realised is that Dracula has returned and blames them for Courtley's death - he seeks them out to destroy them...

Direrected by Hammer regular Peter Sadsy the film mines a deep vein of Victorian hypocrisy - Hargood rules his family with an iron fist preaching Christian values and one the films most effective threads is how Dracula uses the the children of the 3 to achieve his ends - corrupting them so the Fathers can see the direct consequence of their actions. Lee is excellent as always(but not given enough screen time) and there is fine support from Linda Haydon(who was in the notorious Baby Love and so effective in Blood on Satan's Claw) as Hargood's daughter Alice who Dracula uses to trap and then destroy the 3 Fathers.

There is almost a Greek tragic element to it as the thing they hold most dear is the thing that kills them - it can also be read as the bourgious dabbling in forces beyond their control and unleashing a power that will destroy them. Terrific stuff.


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