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Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

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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William Hargood
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Paul Paxton (as Anthony Corlan)
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Lucy Paxton
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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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They taste his blood and the horror begins! See more »


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Rated R for sexual content/nudity and brief violence | See all certifications »

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7 June 1970 (USA)  »

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Prueba la sangre de Drácula  »

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(uncut)

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1.85 : 1
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The film was originally not going to feature Dracula at all, much like The Brides of Dracula (1960), due to Christopher Lee becoming increasingly reluctant to reprise the role and the producers not expecting to be able to convince him to do so. Lee's increasing salary demands were also a factor. Ralph bates would have played the lead. The script was rewritten to include Dracula after the producers were finally able to coax Lee back to the role after Warner-Seven Arts refused to back the film without the actor's participation. See more »

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Ralph Bates is supposed to wear the actual Dracula's cloak. The one he is wearing is far shorter than the one Dracula is wearing in the film. See more »

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Paul Paxton: Run Alice run as fast as you can away from here!
Alice Hargood: Not without you Paul he will kill you he will kill both of us!
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The last great Dracula movie?
18 July 2004 | by (Stockton, England) – See all my reviews

At one point this was planned as a `Dracula-free' Dracula movie (along the lines of `Brides Of Dracula' or `Kiss Of The Vampire'), fortunately the American backers had more sense and demanded the inclusion of Mr Lee. I say fortunately, as I think that `Taste The Blood Of Dracula' is Lee's second-best outing in the role (just behind the classic 1958 `Dracula').

Peter Sasdy is a highly imaginative, but sadly unappreciated director and he makes the most of a strong script. The cast is impressive, a strong mixture of established character actors (Keene, Carson, Sallis etc) and fresh faces (Hayden, Blair, and Bates) and there is no weak links. Hayden (an iconic figure in the early ‘seventies) and Blair in particular give memorable performances.

From the edgy, blackly comic pre-credit sequence on-wards, this movie rarely misses a step. The only exception being the climax, which seems to me to be more than slightly confusing and unclear. This however is just a minor grip, as this movie is in my opinion the last great Dracula movie (and head and shoulders above the previous film in this cycle, the very dull `Dracula has risen From The Grave') and a highpoint of late Hammer Horror.


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