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Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

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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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content/nudity and brief violence | See all certifications »

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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

The film was released in a double bill with Crescendo (1970). See more »

Goofs

When Hargood has forbidden Alice to go out and sends her to her room, he goes back to his newspaper and reads it upside down. (about 9'30" after beginning) See more »

Quotes

Dracula: [screaming at Alice] I have no further use for you!
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Follows The Brides of Dracula (1960) See more »

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Another Great Vampire Movie from Hammer
3 May 2015 | by Claudio CarvalhoSee all my reviews

William Hargood (Geoffrey Keen), Samuel Paxton (Peter Sallis) and Jonathon Secker (John Carson) are respectable gentlemen in the community and they are devoted to charitable work. But they are actually a trio of hypocrites that go to brothels instead of charity. One night, they meet the arrogant Lord Courtley (Ralph Bates) in the brothel and they decide to invite him for a drink. They tell that they have boring lives and are looking for excitement. Courtley promises him pleasure if they make a pact with the devil and asks them to buy some Dracula's belongings from the merchant Weller (Roy Kinnear), including dried blood. They go to a derelict church where Courtley asks them to drink the blood of Dracula. They refuse to drink but Courtley drinks and falls on the ground, and Hargood, Paxton and Secker beat him to death. They leave the church and Courtley's body transforms in Dracula (Christopher Lee) that promises to kill them. Meanwhile Hargood has a friction with his daughter Alice (Linda Hayden) because she is in love with Paxton's son Paul (Anthony Corlan). When she leaves home, Dracula meets her and controls her mind. What will happen to Alice?

"Taste the Blood of Dracula" is another great vampire movie from Hammer. The story is very conventional as usual, with Christopher Lee in the role of Dracula and the vampire afraid of crosses and holy water. The explanation for Dracula's appearance is confused but his revenge using the sons and daughters of the men that killed his servant is dark. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): Not available on DVD or Blu-Ray

Note: On 03 September 2017 I saw this film again.


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