Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Movie Review: Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) - UK - Rated R
Directed by Peter Sasdy
Stars Christopher Lee, Geoffrey Keen, Peter Sallis

A weak and unusually sleazy enrty in the Hammer Dracula series has Dracula learning to count while seeking revenge.

Three wealthy men, who are community leaders and well respected, seek thrills in their lives. They take a regular secret visit to a brothel, but have bored with their escapades until they meet a man who offers them the chance to taste the blood of Dracula. They will cross the Count, and he will seek revenge using their own children against them.

From the opening scene this movie, as usual for movies in this series, picks up where Dracula Has Risen from the Grave leaves off, but in a most ridiculous manner. Where this veers off course is the characters we meet who are going to be the center of the story are not the innocents needing protecting as is usual in these films but are corrupted themselves. Maybe there is some kind of lesson in them becoming the victims of their own children being used as tools of revenge against them, but it is difficult to sympathize wiith them, as well Christopher Lee's role as Dracula is limited, and the addition of nudity, as well the film, is not handled in the usual classy Hammer style.

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