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1970 (UK) See more »
A group of friends search for a young English Oxford student who has disappeared whilst researching in Greece... See more » | Full synopsis »
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No classic for sure, but I liked it See more (18 total) »


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Patrick Macnee ... Derek Longbow

Peter Cushing ... Dr. Walter Goodrich
Alexander Davion ... Tony Seymore (as Alex Davion)
Johnny Sekka ... Bob Kirby
Madeleine Hinde ... Penelope (as Madeline Hinde)

Edward Woodward ... Dr. Holstrom
William Mervyn ... Marc Honeydew
Patrick Mower ... Richard Fountain
David Lodge ... Colonel

Imogen Hassall ... Chriseis
John Barron ... Diplomat
Valerie Van Ost ... Don's wife
Theo Moreos ... Mayor
Nick Pandelides ... Monk Superior
Andreas Potamitis ... Police Chief
Theodosia Elefthreadon ... Old Woman
Hristos Eleftheriadis ... Priest (as Christ Eleftheriades)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Françoise Pascal ... Girl At Orgy (uncredited)
Marianne Stone ... Cheerful Lady at Party (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Hartford-Davis  (as Michael Burrowes)
Writing credits
Julian More (screenplay)

Simon Raven (novel "Doctors Wear Scarlet")

Produced by
Graham Harris .... producer
Peter Newbrook .... executive producer
Original Music by
Robert Richards  (as Bobby Richards)
Cinematography by
Desmond Dickinson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peter Thornton (uncredited)
Production Design by
George Provis 
Makeup Department
Bunty Phillips .... make-up (uncredited)
Production Management
Robert Sterne .... in charge of production
Sound Department
Tony Dawe .... sound recordist
Don Deacon .... dialogue editor
Colin Hobson .... dubbing assistant
Peter Pardo .... boom operator
Dennis Whitlock .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronnie Maasz .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Maxine Julius .... assistant editor
Pamela Lewis .... colour consultant
Music Department
Robert Richards .... conductor (as Bobby Richards)
Crew believed to be complete

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87 min | USA:82 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:15 (re-rating) | USA:R
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On several different-titled versions of the film ("Incense For The Damned", "The Pleasure Seekers" and perhaps others), there is no director credit. On others, direction is credited to Michael Burrowes, a pseudonym for Hartford-Davis.See more »
Tony Seymore:Are you trying to tell me that a girl sucking blood from a man's neck can induce an orgasm?See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
No classic for sure, but I liked it, 9 August 2008
Author: t-birkhead from United Kingdom

This film pretty much gets pounded by most of the reviews on this page, which I read before viewing. Last night I had to choose between it or an old school kung fu picture and the prospect of some British movie regulars, nudity and good cinematography won out. Sure, the film has problems but its decent late Friday night viewing. Sitting in a comfortable armchair at 2.00 in the morning, it really took me back to the days when the BBC would put these kind of films on frequently on Friday nights, allowing me to lap up a fairly thorough selection of Hammer classics and various other outings, often involving Peter Cushing or Christopher Lee. Incense for the Damned was a famously troubled production, never actually finished after the budget ran out, preventing reshoots. The studio edited it together as best they could and the director disowned it. Accordingly, his name does not even appear in the opening credits. The film does give the impression of being somewhat incomplete, as themes and ideas seem to flit in and out and not be explored to their full extent. Even so, this is a neat take on vampirism, with a sexual twist that would seem fanciful were it not for the fact that its not so far off from certain recorded genuine deviant practices. The script thus is pretty interesting, with a nice explanatory guest turn from Edward Woodward. Peter Cushing plays a small but significant role, but the main folks are Patrick Mower, suitably dazed and trance like, attractive Imogen Hassal, the ever reliable Patrick Macnee and the fair if slightly bland Alex Davion. They provide constant interest in the Greece set story, where Patrick Mower has fallen in with some strange and ghastly rites. The cinematography is beautiful and the direction throws up some decent imagery in a trippy and atmospheric style as well as a few nicely tense and exciting scenes. There is no real gore, just a spot of mild but satisfying in the context bloodshed, but there is a deliriously entertaining psychedelic drug fuelled orgy sequence quite early on, so the film is certainly not a timid affair. At only about 80 minutes long Incense for the Damned never outstays its welcome and is never boring. With its possibly accidental tight pace, the thoroughly entertaining final ten minutes or so have all the more inspired impact. Happily, the BBC shows the fullest length version outside of the French release which apparently has extra orgy footage with different actors inserted. DVD versions seem to only have the orgy as a deleted scene which is daft because its an important moment. I really dug this movie, I'd say it manages to transcend its flaws and become something of a minor gem. Of course, I seem to be in the minority on this one, but if you're interested enough to have read this far you might like it too.

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