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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

Les Bowie was asked to the special effects but was busy (source Hammer Unsung Heroes by Wayne Kinsey). See more »

Goofs

When Paxton and Secker push the slab from the "stone" sarcophagus, the whole structure shakes, betraying its fake, lightweight nature. See more »

Quotes

Dracula: Alice...
Alice Hargood: Who are you? How d'you know my name?
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Camp Dracula returns!
16 March 2005 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Hammer studio's Dracula series comes second to it's far better Frankenstein series - that's obvious - and the reason for that is that the films tend to be very similar to one another. Of course, the same thing could be said about the Frankenstein series; but at least the latter obviously tries to make each instalment a unique entry in the series. Dracula tends to take the easy route and go for the simple; Dracula gets resurrected and kills some people shortly before getting defeated again, only to reappear in the next Dracula film. It has to be said that this entry in the series suffers from that affliction, but in fairness to it; Taste the Blood of Dracula definitely sports one of the better plots in the series, and is probably the second best film - after the original of course. The story this time round follows a circle of three bored gentlemen who get duped into resurrecting the count by a young upstart (Ralph Bates, in fine form) who offers them an experience beyond belief. Havoc ensues.

One of the principle reasons why this film works is that the campy Hammer style features in droves. You know you're watching a Hammer film when you see three straight-faced (even slightly worried!) men in an antiques shop negotiating the price of a vile of Count Dracula's blood! The campness continues throughout the movie, and it's always good to see. As usual, Christopher Lee appears for all of about five minutes and the acting is mostly left to a cast of unknowns, but they carry it well and every moment that Lee is on screen is delightful. The script is rather corny, naturally, with several unintentional comic delights that are sure to delight Hammer fans. Most of the Dracula clichés are present, and since we live in a world now where it's become a cliché to step away from clichés, it's nice to see a movie that has a lot of clichés in it. On the whole, this is a decent waste of time and I very much doubt that fans of Hammer horror, Christopher Lee, Dracula, Playboy magazine or even ham and pineapple pizza will be disappointed with it.


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