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Simon Raven (novel)
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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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So much potential...yet so very incoherent. See more (17 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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Director Robert Hartford-Davis refused to have anything to do with the film, stating that he did not believe it to be finished. The film was credited to Michael Burrowes.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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Featured in Extra Weird (2003) (V)See more »


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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
So much potential...yet so very incoherent., 3 August 2004
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

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.

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