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Scars of Dracula (1970)

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A young man, Paul Carlson, is on a trip and spends the night at Count Dracula's castle. He is murdered. After some time has passed, the young man's brother Simon comes to the small town ... See full summary »

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Roy Ward Baker

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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
Dennis Waterman ... Simon
Jenny Hanley ... Sarah
Christopher Matthews ... Paul
Patrick Troughton ... Klove
Michael Gwynn ... Priest
Michael Ripper ... Landlord
Wendy Hamilton Wendy Hamilton ... Julie
Anouska Hempel ... Tania
Delia Lindsay ... Alice
Bob Todd ... Burgomaster
Toke Townley Toke Townley ... Elderly Waggoner
David Leland David Leland ... First Officer
Richard Durden ... Second Officer
Maurice Bush Maurice Bush ... Farmer
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Storyline

A young man, Paul Carlson, is on a trip and spends the night at Count Dracula's castle. He is murdered. After some time has passed, the young man's brother Simon comes to the small town where all the traces end to look for him. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Scars of Dracula See more »

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Budget:

GBP200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is Michael Ripper's third consecutive appearance in a Hammer "Dracula" film, given that he previously played Max in Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968) and Inspector Cobb in Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970). He is the only actor other than Christopher Lee to appear in all three films. He also played a coachman in The Brides of Dracula (1960), in which Lee did not appear. See more »

Goofs

When the Burgomaster is banging on the bedroom door after chasing his daughter up the stairs, the entire wall - supposedly stone - shakes. See more »

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Landlord: [burning down the castle] Come on, men! Burn it down!
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to remove a scene of Dracula lapping blood from Tania's chest wound, footage of Tania's dismembered limbs and a shortening of the Priest's scarred face during the bat attack. A further BBFC-requested cut to the torture of Klove with a poker was waived after the distributors made a music edit instead. The cuts have never turned up in any print to date and may no longer survive. See more »

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None too original but action filled Dracula film , the most underrated of the series
26 July 2004 | by DrLeneraSee all my reviews

Scars Of Dracula is generally regarded very poorly among Hammer fans, which is a shame. Yes, the decreased budget results in less impressive sets, and there is a bit more blood and violence than usual, but the film has an energy which was somewhat lacking in Dracula Has Risen From The Grave and Taste The Blood Of Dracula.

The script is little more than a rehash of Dracula and Dracula Prince Of Darkness, but there is more action than any others in the series, and several memorable sequences, including the discovery of bodies horribly gored by bats in a church [replete with Lucio Fulci style zooms into the nasty bits], Dracula climbing up a wall a la Bram Stoker, and a vampire seduction ending with Dracula stabbing the woman to death. Atmosphere is a little lacking ,and it's odd that no continuity has been attempted to link it with the previous entry. Christopher Lee has more screen time than usual, although his makeup here is over done. James Bernard's music, though, is as vibrant as ever.

With a much stronger supernatural element than the other Draculas, this is still an enjoyable entry, probably the third best in the series.


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