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A Taste of Blood (1967)

Not Rated | | Horror | 9 August 1967 (USA)
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A businessman turns into a vampire after drinking brandy laced with vampire blood and sets out on an odyssey of killing the descendent's of Dracula's executioners.

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Donald Stanford (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Rogers ... John Stone
Elizabeth Lee ... Helene Stone (as Elizabeth Wilkinson)
William Kerwin ... Dr. Hank Tyson (as Thomas Wood)
Lawrence Tobin Lawrence Tobin ... Det. Crane
Ted Schell Ted Schell ... Lord Gold
Otto Schlessinger Otto Schlessinger ... Dr. Howard Helsing
Eleanor Vaill Eleanor Vaill ... Hester Avery
Gail Janis ... Vivian
Herschell Gordon Lewis ... The Limey Seaman / Voice of Baron Khron (as Seymour Sheldon)
Judy Waterberry Judy Waterberry ... Ida - the maid
Dolores Carlos Dolores Carlos ... Sherri Morris
Roy Collodi Roy Collodi ... Delivery Man
Karl Stoeber Karl Stoeber ... Man walking dog
Thomas Rowland Thomas Rowland ... Detective
Sidney J. Reich Sidney J. Reich ... Arthur Morris (as Sidney Jaye)
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Storyline

Mild-mannered Miami businessman, John Stone, receives a parcel from England containing two old bottles of Slivovitz brandy and upon drinking them both, becomes a vampire. Stone uses his new-found vampire powers to keep his wife, Helena, in a trance as he travels to England to kill the descendants of Van Helsing whom murdered Count Dracula while Hesling's distant relative, Howard Helsing, pursues Stone with the intent to put the re-born vampire to rest for good. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

A ghastly tale drenched with gouts of blood spurting from the writhing victims of a madman's lust! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Secret of Dr. Alucard See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA

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Budget:

$65,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

John Stone: Brandy anyone?
Helene Stone: You know I don't drink brandy.
John Stone: How about you, Hester?
Hester Avery: I've got a few heartbeats I'd like to save, thank you very much.
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Slightly below par for Lewis
14 March 2007 | by alanmoraSee all my reviews

This is Herschell Gordon Lewis' "Epic" movie. This is the film with, according to Lewis, the highest production value and budget of all of his "gorror" (a term coined by Lewis describing the gore genre of films that he created) films. Despite this, I found this film to be slightly disappointing. Anyone, viewing this film expecting to see something along the lines of "Blood Feast" or "The Wizard of Gore" as I did would be slightly disappointed. The gore is kept to a bare minimum in this film and it appears as if Lewis was trying to make a legitimate horror movie without all the stomach-churning effects of his classic work. Although the storyline is fascinating, the bad acting and hideous effects do not serve this film very well, even though this is what most Lewis fans have come to expect from him. It doesn't quite work in this one, because it seems to have been the intention of Lewis to try to provide his audience with a legitimate scare. For Lewis fans, this film is still worth viewing but for those who have not seen his work before I suggest you first watch a couple of his classics such as the previously mentioned entries.


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