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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 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:

£200,000 (estimated)
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is Michael Ripper's third consecutive appearance in a Hammer "Dracula" movie, 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 person other than Sir Christopher Lee to appear in all three movies. He also played a coachman in The Brides of Dracula (1960), in which Lee did not appear. See more »

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After Dracula stabs Tania for the first time, when he removes the knife the blade quivers, betraying its soft, rubber construction. See more »

Quotes

The Priest: The devil has won.
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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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Dracula Is Back... And More Evil Than Ever

Roy Ward Baker's "Scars Of Dracula" of 1970 is not only by far the goriest and most violent of the awesome Dracula movies from Hammer Studios, it is also one of the best sequels. Count Dracula, played once again with greatness by Christopher Lee, is more vengeful, blood-thirsty and sadistic than ever, and the (once again) excellent eerie Hammer atmosphere makes "Scars Of Dracula" an must-see for Horror fans.

The story is, admittedly, not too elaborate, in some minor parts the script has its flaws, and the film has some cheesy moments, but what the hell, it remains suspenseful and creepy and top-notch horror entertainment anyway! As mentioned above, Count Dracula is crueler than ever. His thirst for blood has not only increased, but he also has a big desire for torturous punishments and brutality in general. His powers include the ability to control animals (predominantly bats). Count Dracula has, of course, always been a scary and evil villain in the Hammer films, but in "Scars Of Dracula" he is the Devil himself!

The movie begins with Dracula's (admittedly slightly cheesy) resurrection when a bat drops blood on his rotting ashes. After some girls fall victim to the vampire, angry villagers try to burn the count's castle, and have to notice that they are not capable of fighting the Prince of Darkness, who immediately takes terrible revenge… When a young man has to flee his town after spending the night with the burgomaster's daughter, he comes to the area where Dracula is striking terror into people's hearts, people who are living in constant fear and who are therefore anything but hospitable towards strangers…

"Scars Of Dracula" is, in my opinion, one of the greatest Dracula-sequels from the Hammer Studios. The original of 1958 remains unmatched, of course, but out of the sequels, "Scars of Dracula" is certainly one of the creepiest and most atmospheric. The violence is more graphic than in any of the other Dracula movies from Hammer, and although some effects in the movie may look a bit fake, the gory parts are very well made, and the great score by James Bernard makes the whole thing even creepier. The movie may have some minor flaws (which certainly didn't bother me), but it is an extremely creepy and highly atmospheric flick, which I highly recommend to Horror fans. Hammer fans can't afford to miss this one. 8/10


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