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Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

Approved | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 7 June 1970 (USA)
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Three distinguished English gentlemen accidentally resurrect Count Dracula, killing a disciple of his in process. The Count seeks to avenge his dead servant, by making the trio die in the hands of their own children.

Director:

Peter Sasdy

Writers:

Anthony Hinds (screenplay) (as John Elder), Bram Stoker (based on the character created by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lee ... Dracula
Geoffrey Keen ... William Hargood
Gwen Watford ... Martha Hargood
Linda Hayden ... Alice Hargood
Peter Sallis ... Samuel Paxton
Anthony Higgins ... Paul Paxton (as Anthony Corlan)
Isla Blair ... Lucy Paxton
John Carson ... Jonathon Secker
Martin Jarvis ... Jeremy Secker
Ralph Bates ... Lord Courtley
Roy Kinnear ... Weller
Michael Ripper ... Cobb
Russell Hunter ... Felix
Shirley Jaffe Shirley Jaffe ... Hargood's Maid
Keith Marsh Keith Marsh ... Father
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Storyline

Three middle-aged distinguished gentlemen are searching for some excitement in their boring bourgeois lives and get in contact with one of Count Dracula's servants, Lord Courtley. In a nightly ceremony, they restore the count to life. However, the three men killed Courtley and, in revenge, the count ensures that the gentlemen are killed one by one by their own children. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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They taste his blood and the horror begins! See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

7 June 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prueba la sangre de Drácula See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was Ralph Bates' first of five Hammer films. The others were The Horror of Frankenstein (1970), Lust for a Vampire (1971), Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971) and Fear in the Night (1972). See more »

Goofs

Lucy's front door has a Yale lock. See more »

Quotes

Dracula: They have destroyed my servant. They will be destroyed...
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Alternate Versions

The British version has nudity ( a couple of topless scenes) and a woman doing a provocative snake dance; a large consticting snake is draped around her body, as she is dancing to the men's delight. This takes place when the three men visit the bordella near the begining of the film. There is also close-ups of the mens faces with blood around their mouths when dracula has their offspring kill them. See more »

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Referenced in The Basil Brush Show: Taste the Blood of Brushcula (2004) See more »

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Another solidly entertaining Hammer Dracula pic.
11 March 2009 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

A trio of seemingly respectable, well-to-do Victorian gentlemen (played by Geoffrey Keen, Jonathen Secker, and Peter 'more cheese, Gromit?' Sallis) form a secret club in order to experience the wildest thrills that life has to offer. However, their limited imaginations mean that they soon become bored, and so they decide to take their lead from disgraced aristocrat and practising Satanist Lord Courtley (a marvellously slimy Ralph Bates), who suggests that they attempt a ritual to bring the infamous Count Dracula back to life.

When the three men panic during the ceremony, and beat Courtley to death, they flee the scene, not realising that Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) has indeed returned from the dead, and now seeks retribution for the killing of his loyal acolyte.

Although Hammer's Dracula movies rarely strayed far from their well-worn formula—Dracula lives; Dracula kills; Dracula dies—their lush Gothic atmosphere, fine ensemble casts, and sumptuous cinematography usually meant that, even when the script was somewhat lacking, there was still plenty to enjoy. Such is the case with Taste The Blood Of Dracula, which features a so-so story and a surprisingly unremarkable turn from Lee (who is forced to deliver some particularly dodgy dialogue), but manages to keep fans entertained with some gloriously camp performances from the rest of the cast, some fine direction from Peter Sasdy, and loads of Hammer's trademark Gothic trappings.

Plus, this entry in the series also stars the gorgeous Linda Hayden—one of my favourite actresses from the late 60s/70s—whose presence makes it a must-see as far as I am concerned. Her transformation from wide eyed innocent to slutty vamp slave (with cleavage on display, naturally) is reason enough to seek this one out!


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