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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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Samuel Paxton
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Paul Paxton (as Anthony Corlan)
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Lucy Paxton
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Jonathon Secker
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Jeremy Secker
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Lord Courtley
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Weller
Michael Ripper ...
Cobb
Russell Hunter ...
Felix
Shirley Jaffe ...
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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DRINK A PINT OF BLOOD A DAY 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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1.85 : 1
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The film was released in a double bill with Crescendo (1970). See more »

Goofs

Secker tears a piece of wood from a church pew to make a crude wooden stake. The end of the stake is ragged and splintered. As the camera cuts to a close-up of the stake over the heart of the vampire, the end of the stake has suddenly become clean and sharply-pointed. See more »

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Inspector Cobb: [Commenting on Jeremy Secker's arrest for murder] Son hates his father, he's hot-blooded, they quarrel and the son loses his temper. Anyway we've got him all locked up now, safe and sound.
Paul Paxton: But Jeremy did not hate his father. He was the most even-tempered...
Inspector Cobb: If you came here to obstruct justice...
Paul Paxton: I came here because you sent for me!
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Referenced in The Basil Brush Show: Taste the Blood of Brushcula (2004) See more »

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Another solidly entertaining Hammer Dracula pic.
11 March 2009 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

A trio of seemingly respectable, well-to-do Victorian gentlemen (played by Geoffrey Keen, Jonathen Secker, and Peter 'more cheese, Gromit?' Sallis) form a secret club in order to experience the wildest thrills that life has to offer. However, their limited imaginations mean that they soon become bored, and so they decide to take their lead from disgraced aristocrat and practising Satanist Lord Courtley (a marvellously slimy Ralph Bates), who suggests that they attempt a ritual to bring the infamous Count Dracula back to life.

When the three men panic during the ceremony, and beat Courtley to death, they flee the scene, not realising that Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) has indeed returned from the dead, and now seeks retribution for the killing of his loyal acolyte.

Although Hammer's Dracula movies rarely strayed far from their well-worn formula—Dracula lives; Dracula kills; Dracula dies—their lush Gothic atmosphere, fine ensemble casts, and sumptuous cinematography usually meant that, even when the script was somewhat lacking, there was still plenty to enjoy. Such is the case with Taste The Blood Of Dracula, which features a so-so story and a surprisingly unremarkable turn from Lee (who is forced to deliver some particularly dodgy dialogue), but manages to keep fans entertained with some gloriously camp performances from the rest of the cast, some fine direction from Peter Sasdy, and loads of Hammer's trademark Gothic trappings.

Plus, this entry in the series also stars the gorgeous Linda Hayden—one of my favourite actresses from the late 60s/70s—whose presence makes it a must-see as far as I am concerned. Her transformation from wide eyed innocent to slutty vamp slave (with cleavage on display, naturally) is reason enough to seek this one out!


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