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Director:
Writers:
Anthony Hinds
Bram Stoker (based on the character created by)
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Release Date:
7 June 1970 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
DRINK A PINT OF BLOOD A DAY See more »
Plot:
Three middle-aged distinguished gentlemen are searching for some excitement in their boring bourgeois... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Reasonable latter-day Hammer. See more (58 total) »

Cast

  (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 ... Inspector Cobb
Russell Hunter ... Felix
Shirley Jaffe ... Betty - 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)
June Palmer ... Redhead Prostitute (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Sasdy 
 
Writing credits
Anthony Hinds  (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
Nick Granby .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Lindsey Vickers .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Arthur Banks .... construction manager
 
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)
 
Stunts
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)
 
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Geraldine Lawton .... continuity
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for sexual content/nudity and brief violence (re-rating) (2004)
Runtime:
USA:91 min | UK:95 min (uncut)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
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:GP (certificate #22364) (original rating) | USA:R (re-rating) (2004)

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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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Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
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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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Reasonable latter-day Hammer., 10 July 2005
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Three wealthy gentlemen go out during one night of the month for pleasure seeking (supposedly for charity the wives think) and are becoming incredibly bored in what they do in that time, as they think that they've done everything. That's until they meet Lord Courtley (Ralph Bates) who claims he can give them power if they join him in some ritual to recreate his dead master, but first they have to buy a certain item off a shopkeeper to perform this task. So, with the help of Dracula's servant Lord Courtley they meet in a rundown chapel to revive Dracula (Christopher Lee) from his ashes, but they chicken out of fulfilling their end of the bargain and to keep this quiet they kill the servant. Thinking that it will just blow over, but there wrong as now Dracula has been revived through his servants' corpse and he plans to take vengeance on those three for killing his servant.

Decent latter-day hammer effort that has very good production valves and some solid performances on show. The polished Victorian sets standout with sharp detail and great use of shadowy and dim lighting for its Gothic atmosphere. Though, the atmosphere was good it wasn't that grand in stature and it's not terribly suspenseful as we've seen it all before. The overall feel might come across a rather glum, but it has its lively parts and an undertone of pervading sexuality and flesh for some added boost. The compellingly clever plot is well thought out to begin with (great intro) and there are some unpredictable moments, but then it does seem to follow the usual pattern of the earlier Hammer Dracula's and ends rather unconvincingly after it looked like there was going to be an exciting finale. After a promising first half it does kind of drag in parts after the resurrection of Dracula and comes up with an uninspiring romance tale. The script is utter ham and quite stilted. Christopher Lee as Dracula doesn't really get that much too do, but whenever on screen his presence or quick flashes has some hypnotic pull making you wish he had more screen time. Most of the time his sneaking about in the background, counting down his victims in a husky voice (1,2 & 3) and giving orders to others (their children) to do his dirty work. Most of the performances were good (some deadpan) from the likes of Geoffrey Keen, Peter Sallis and John Carson as the three gentlemen and Ralph Bates as Lord Courtley is incredibly over-the-top, but seemed well suited for it. The ladies of the film or you should say Dracula's victims Isla Blair and the ravishing Linda Hayden give fair performances and some added eye-candy. The direction by Peter Sasdy is top-notch in delivery and he adds in some great sequences. The fine camera-work had sprawling crane and ground shots. While not forgetting the look into my eyes camera zooms too. Even the make-up and gore effects (nice flowing rich blood) were pretty well conceived and didn't come across as too wretched. Another highlight of the film would have to be piercing, but also moody music score.

Anyway maybe the formula was starting to wear thin in this film? Well, it does rehash certain elements and the usual clichés follow, but what do you expect from these campy hammer films. Its their trademark and has been a winning formula for them.

A mildly enjoyable hammer film, even if it's by the books.

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