3.7/10
453
21 user 15 critic

Incense for the Damned (1970)

R | | Horror | December 1970 (UK)
A group of friends search for a young English Oxford student who has disappeared whilst researching in Greece. They are shocked to find that, wherever he has been, certain unsolved murders ... See full summary »

Director:

(as Michael Burrowes)

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

I, Monster (1971)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Christopher Lee stars in the Amicus production of "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" where the names have been changed to Dr. Marlowe and Mr. Blake. Lee as Dr. Marlowe experiments with intravenous ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Weeks
Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Mike Raven
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A scientist, working with genetics, creates a creature that is capable of transforming back and forth between a giant Death Head moth and a beautiful woman. The creature masquerades as his ... See full summary »

Director: Vernon Sewell
Stars: Peter Cushing, Robert Flemyng, Wanda Ventham
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Already three trustees of the Van Traylen fund have died during the last months, looking like suicides. However after a mysterious accident of a bus with the last three trustees and 30 ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sasdy
Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Diana Dors
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In 1828 Scotland, Edinburgh surgeon Dr. Knox does medical research on cadavers he buys from murderers Burke and Hare, without questioning the unethical procurement methods.

Director: John Gilling
Stars: Peter Cushing, June Laverick, Donald Pleasence
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Two writers and their girlfriends visit the castle of an actor who specializes in playing vampire roles. As the night progresses, they begin to wonder if the man is an actor playing a vampire, or a vampire playing an actor.

Director: Pierre Grunstein
Stars: Peter Cushing, Alida Valli, Bernard Menez
The Ghoul (1975)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Peter Cushing stars as a former priest who harbors a dark and horrible secret in his attic. The locked room serves as a prison cell for his crazed, cannibalistic adult son, who acquired his... See full summary »

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Peter Cushing, John Hurt, Alexandra Bastedo
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

England, 1795: the young Catherine has just married Charles Fengriffen and moves into his castle. She becomes the victim of an old curse that lays on the family. On her wedding night she is raped by a ghost and gets pregnant.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Patrick Magee
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A young woman recovering from a nervous breakdown moves with her husband to a boys' school, and finds herself being terrorized by a mysterious one-armed man, but nobody believes her.

Director: Jimmy Sangster
Stars: Judy Geeson, Joan Collins, Ralph Bates
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Years after fleeing his ancestral home with his mother, Jason returns home to claim his birthright, only to find his way blocked by his evil cousin Thomas. In order to reclaim his title, ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert S. Baker, Monty Berman
Stars: Keith Michell, Adrienne Corri, Peter Cushing
Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A mysterious call summons Joe Newman to Bavaria in search of the father he believed dead for 20 years.

Director: Quentin Lawrence
Stars: Stanley Baker, Peter Cushing, Georgina Ward
Adventure | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

A young European boy living in San Francisco is reluctant to marry his long-term girlfriend because he wants to travel around the world first. His wealthy uncle agrees to send him on a ... See full summary »

Director: Juan Piquer Simón
Stars: Terence Stamp, Peter Cushing, Ian Sera
Son of Hitler (1979)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The leader of a right-wing German political party discovers that an illiterate woodcarver is actually the son of Adolf Hitler. He kidnaps the young man from a mental institution and ... See full summary »

Director: Rod Amateau
Stars: Bud Cort, Peter Cushing, Felicity Dean
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Derek Longbow
...
Dr. Walter Goodrich
...
Tony Seymore (as Alex Davion)
...
Bob Kirby
Madeleine Hinde ...
Penelope (as Madeline Hinde)
...
Dr. Holstrom
William Mervyn ...
Marc Honeydew
...
Richard Fountain
David Lodge ...
Colonel
...
Chriseis
John Barron ...
Diplomat
...
Don's wife
Theo Moreos ...
Mayor
Nick Pandelides ...
Monk Superior
Andreas Potamitis ...
Police Chief
Edit

Storyline

A group of friends search for a young English Oxford student who has disappeared whilst researching in Greece. They are shocked to find that, wherever he has been, certain unsolved murders have taken place. Not believing that their friend could be the perpetrator of such acts, they press on with their search, finding him under the spell of a beautiful Vampire, whose blood-sucking methods include the use of sado-masochism. Believing they have killed her, the group return home, unaware that their friend is now a Vampire. Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

December 1970 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Blood Suckers  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Some long additional scenes of orgies played by a completely different group of actors were added in the French version of the film. See more »

Quotes

Tony Seymore: Are you trying to tell me that a girl sucking blood from a man's neck can induce an orgasm?
See more »

Connections

Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 5 (1998) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
So much potential...yet so very incoherent.
3 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

I'll be a little less harsh than my fellow reviewers here, who all seem to agree that this `Incense for the Damned' is a giant waste of time, effort and film. I can't deny this is a failure in all viewpoints but I'm deeply convinced that the story's potential, along with the talent of the cast, could have resulted in a much better film. Although the screenplay remains faithful to Simon Raven's novel, the film completely lacks feeling and coherence. Small aspects, like the annoying use of voice-over, ruin the horror atmosphere and the occult-aspects are dreadfully overstressed. There's a drug trance/ sexual ecstasy sequence near the beginning of the film and it takes WAY too long! Even Imogen `the Queen of Cleavage' Hassall doesn't manage to keep you fascinated during this tedious scene.

But I still stand by my idea that the messy `Bloodsuckers' (the more appealing a.k.a of the film) contains several neat moments of clarity! Like a brief appearance by Edward Woodward, giving us a little insight on the unusual and slightly perverted sexual fantasies of humans… Or Desmond Dickinson's brilliant camerawork on location in Greece. I might even say that the entire substance of the story is excellent horror matter! Richard, a young and respected Oxford student has disappeared in Greece and a group of friends, including his girl, go on a search for him. Richard seems to be under the influence of a beautiful, sexy vampire who even forces him to perform sado-masochism. Believing they annihilated the ravishing bloodsucker, the return to Britain. Yet, Richard's behavior when back at Oxford remains bizarre and alarming… The plot is promising enough, no? If `Incense for the Damned' would have been directed by Roman Polanski, I might have enjoyed a classic status by now. Erotic morbidity is definitely more his field! Or, who knows, in the hands of Italian mastermind Mario Bava this could have been one of the greatest horror masterpieces ever. Instead Robert Hartford-Davis directed it and the only appreciation he gets is when people hear he took his name off of this project afterwards. Better luck next time.


15 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 21 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb's Top 10 Stars of 2017

"The IMDb Show" connects the dots between IMDb's Top 10 Stars of 2017 and unwraps some of the most memorable and festive animated holiday specials.

Watch now