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Anthony Hinds (screenplay)
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Release Date:
7 June 1970 (USA) See more »
Three middle-aged distinguished gentlemen are searching for some excitement in their boring bourgeois... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher Lee ... Dracula
Geoffrey Keen ... William Hargood
Gwen Watford ... Martha Hargood

Linda Hayden ... Alice Hargood

Peter Sallis ... Samuel Paxton

Anthony Higgins ... Paul Paxton (as Anthony Corlan)

Isla Blair ... Lucy Paxton

John Carson ... Jonathon Secker

Martin Jarvis ... Jeremy Secker

Ralph Bates ... Lord Courtley

Roy Kinnear ... Weller
Michael Ripper ... Cobb
Russell Hunter ... Felix
Shirley Jaffe ... Hargood's Maid
Keith Marsh ... Father
Peter May ... Son
Reginald Barratt ... Vicar
Madeline Smith ... Dolly (as Maddy Smith)
Lai Ling ... Chinese girl
Malaika Martin ... Snake girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amber Blare ... Bordello Girl (uncredited)
Vicky Gillespie ... Bordello Girl (uncredited)
Juba Kennerley ... Cafe Royal Patron (uncredited)
Jim O'Brady ... Mission Hall Diner (uncredited)
June Palmer ... Redhead Prostitute (uncredited)
Dido Plumb ... Mission Hall Diner (uncredited)
John Tatum ... Cafe Royal Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Sasdy 
Writing credits
Anthony Hinds (screenplay) (as John Elder)

Bram Stoker (based on the character created by)

Produced by
Aida Young .... producer
Original Music by
James Bernard 
Cinematography by
Arthur Grant (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Chris Barnes 
Art Direction by
Scott MacGregor 
Makeup Department
Mary Bredin .... hairdressing supervisor
Gerry Fletcher .... make-up supervisor
Production Management
Christopher Sutton .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derek Whitehurst .... assistant director
Nicholas Granby .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Lindsey C. Vickers .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Arthur Banks .... construction manager
Michael Finlay .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ron Barron .... sound recordist
Roy Hyde .... sound editor
Tony Lumkin .... recording supervisor
Dennis Whitlock .... dubbing mixer
Keith Batten .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Brian Johnson .... special effects (as Brian Johncock)
Bob Archer .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Terry Schubert .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Mike Tilley .... special effects team (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Les Bowie .... matte painter (uncredited)
Peter Brace .... stunts (uncredited)
Peter Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Neil Binney .... camera operator (uncredited)
Bob Jordan .... focus puller (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brian Owen-Smith .... wardrobe master
Music Department
Philip Martell .... musical supervisor
Philip Martell .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Geraldine Lawton .... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for sexual content/nudity and brief violence (re-rating) (2004)
USA:91 min | UK:95 min (uncut)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Australia:M | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2005) | Finland:(Banned) (1970) | Ireland:15 | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:R (re-rating) (2004) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Martin Jarvis was first offered a more major role then was not free for the dates.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Paul carries Lucy's dead body from the lake, her arm reaches out to prevent her from falling.See more »
William Hargood:[to Alice] I haven't beaten you since you were a little girl.See more »


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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Lee's last good Dracula performance, 14 April 2008
Author: nvillesanti from Mos Eisley, Tatooine

When I was a kid by the late 70s I had the chance to see on TV some of Hammer's horror flick from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. But I had developed a special king of passion for the Dracula series. I remember the foggy atmosphere, the old castles and the Gothic Victorian era. Hammer movies were really well done and very elegant. "Taste the Blood of Dracula" starts where "Dracula has raised from the Grave" ended, when traveling salesman by the name of Weller (played by Roy Kinnear) is pushed from the wagon he was traveling in. After a brief moment he gets his self together and hears a loud scream from deep in the forest. He goes and investigates and finds the Count impaled in a golden cross and while he sees in horror Dracula is disintegrated in a red powder like substance. Weller, quickly decides to take the powder with him and all of Dracula's belonging. Later we see a group of three English businessmen with their families in church but that's only a cover when the three Englishmen leave their families every Sunday night, apparently to help the poor and feed the hungry instead they seek pleasure to satisfied their personal desire by visiting a night club. While the three businessmen are having their usual fun they are interrupted by Lord Courtley (played by Ralph Bates) how is a black magic practitioner and invites the three businessmen to participate in a satanic ritual promising them that he will expand their pleasures. But first they must buy from Weller, Dracula's blood and artifacts for him to perform the ritual. First the businessmen hesitate but they are easily deceived by Lord Courtley and later they perform the ritual in an abandoned church. After Courtley drinks the blood he falls to the ground in pain and the businessmen in fear start to beat him up to death. After leaving the body of Courtley lifeless on the ground the body of Courtley transforms in the Count Dracula. After this Dracula promise the revenge of his servant (Courtley) by hypnotizing the daughters of the businessmen and making them murder their own fathers. Dracula is like a puppet master in this movie and his participation is more in the shadows but still has a good feel to it. The acting by the entire cast was superb, especially for Ralph Bates. The costumes, art direction, photography, and directing was one of the best in the Dracula series. I had the chance to buy this classic in 2004 on DVD and later the rest of the Hammer's Dracula series. But "Taste the Blood of Dracula" still my overall favorite. Atmosphere and the great performances makes this a must see. Unfortunately Taste the Blood of Dracula was (in my opinion) the last good Dracula of the series. After that they started to do Dracula more too present day and kind of lost its touch. If you are a Hammer fan and want to make your own Dracula movie marathon this movie should be in your collection.

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