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Blueblood (1974)

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An unusually nasty butler takes over the possessions of his degenerate master by means of witchcraft.

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An unusually nasty butler takes over the possessions of his degenerate master by means of witchcraft.

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Who was possessed by the Devil at Longleat?

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Although filmed in 1973, this film received no British release until 1975, and then it had only a handful of bookings and the few reviews it received were unenthusiastic. It ended the brief film-directing career of novelist Andrew Sinclair. See more »

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BLUE BLOOD (Andrew Sinclair, 1973) **1/2
7 October 2011 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This is another title which is considered as horror but whose ties to the genre are tenuous at best; intriguingly described by the late eminent movie critic Leslie Halliwell as "a Grand Guignol version of THE SERVANT{1963}" and starring everybody's favorite brooding Brit, Oliver Reed, I was looking forward to it but the end result was a disappointment; the "satanic" climax remarked upon by Halliwell in his review of that Joseph Losey film is displayed quite literally here!

Derek Jacobi is a fey (despite being married to the stunning Fiona Lewis and having the no-less gorgeous Anna Gael for a mistress) English lord who still parades in the height of aristocratic fashion around his estate. Reed (stiffly made-up and saddled with a comical, almost unintelligible accent that is even worse than the notorious one adopted by Marlon Brando for MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY {1962}!) is his Macchiavellian butler who oversees and tends to the property "as if it were his own" – like in THE SERVANT itself, we all know where this is heading, with Reed effectively replacing Jacobi as the master of the house.

Having contrived to bear two children, Jacobi has a nanny looking after them but, the charges being spoilt rotten like himself (not to mention being intimidated by Reed's presence), they invariably quit their job (ostensibly after having externalized their frustration upon the kids). Though not especially pretty, the new girl to fill this post is still seduced by the butler and, soon, she begins to have weird dreams of the mansion being engaged in covert diabolical rituals (which is the film's only claim to genre trappings, culminating in the all-stops-out finale) presided over by a red-clad Reed clasping a dagger and flanked by a naked Lewis and Gael under their see-through silk dresses!

Anyway, Jacobi indulges in a hedonistic lifestyle, the massive halls filled with his similarly jaded peers…but, unbeknownst to him, the servants – naturally, at the instigation of Reed – carry on with their own 'wild party' downstairs! The ending, then, sees Jacobi dead and the nanny leaving the premises in disgust, with Reed's manipulation now complete (Lewis herself having willingly joined his side). The estate on which this was filmed (by distinguished cinematographer Harry Waxman) is owned by Alexander Thynne who not only bears the title Marquis Of Bath but actually wrote the novel, "The Carry-Cot", which inspired BLUE BLOOD to begin with and is also Gael's husband in real-life! As for writer-director Sinclair, his most notable credit was the strongly-cast Dylan Thomas adaptation UNDER MILK WOOD (1972) and his only other film after this one was an obscure secret agent spoof with the desperate-sounding title of TUXEDO WARRIOR (1982)!!


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