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Scars of Dracula (1970)

R  |   |  Horror  |  23 December 1970 (USA)
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A young man, Paul Carlson, is on a trip and spends the night at count Dracula's castle. Needless to say, he is murdered. After some time has passed, the young man's brother Simon comes to ... See full summary »

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Christopher Matthews ...
Paul
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Michael Gwynn ...
Priest
Michael Ripper ...
Landlord
Wendy Hamilton ...
Julie
Anouska Hempel ...
Tania
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Alice
Bob Todd ...
Burgomaster
Toke Townley ...
Elderly Waggoner
David Leland ...
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Second Officer
Morris Bush ...
Farmer
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A young man, Paul Carlson, is on a trip and spends the night at count Dracula's castle. Needless to say, he is murdered. After some time has passed, the young man's brother Simon comes to the small town where all the traces end to look for him. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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£200,000 (estimated)
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Neither Warner Brothers nor any of the other American majors wanted to deal with Carreras anymore, so the budgets were cut to $200,000 as the decline in Hammer films had begun with the loss of large-scale American distribution. See more »

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As Paul is climbing down the knotted bed-curtains, you can catch a glimpse of the rope which they are wrapped around. See more »

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Landlord: This evil must be destroyed.
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The devil has won.
1 October 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A village girl found murdered, could it be that Dracula is back? Playboy Paul Carlson is about to find out.

A bat hovers over a concrete slab, blood frothing from its mouth, the drops of which are reinvigorating the Prince Of Darkness. Yes, Dracula is back, bloodier than usual and even kind of chatty! Directed by Roy Ward Baker and starring Christopher Lee in his fifth outing as Dracula, Scars Of Dracula, hamstrung by low budget as it is, is one of the better efforts in the Hammer Horror Dracula cycle.

Standard rules apply, buxom wenches are ripe for slaughter and the guys are a mixture of village yokels and posh gentlemen. Lee as ever is charming and carrying his air of nastiness, and the story leads us nicely to a castle top finale of some standing. There's also some nice visual flourishes and memorable scenes along the way. Blood drips onto white candles that segue into red ones and Drac walks up walls. While the redness in the piece has never more been so vivid thanks to Moray Grant's impacting photography. The cast reads like a who's who of British television, you got a Doctor Who {Patrick Troughton with the worlds scariest eyebrows}, Minder {a badly miscast Dennis Waterman}, a Bond girl and presenter of Magpie {the lovely Jenny Hanley} and Lord Melbury from Fawlty Towers {Michael Gwynn}.

Safe & solid Hammer Horror fare that just about rises above the normality of the script. 6.5/10


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