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Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)


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Three 1/2 out of Five

Movie

Rating: R (sexual content/nudity and brief violence)
Length: 95 minutes

Video

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)

Audio

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono

Captions

English, French, Spanish

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Plot

Three bored upper-class gentlemen are continuously looking for their next "thrill". They hook up with a deposed Duke and purchase some items to bring back you-know-who from the dead.

Pros

You have to give the writers major kudos for coming up with an original storyline for a Dracula movie. The characters are interesting and there are a couple of subplots that keep the movie watcher's attention. And, as usual for movies of this genre, the ladies are very lovely and there is enough gore/violence to make the squeamish look away.

Cons

Dracula doesn't even play a part of this movie until the 45 minute mark. But, to give them credit, when he does show up all hell brakes lose. And is the case for many movies this old that aren't on the "Top 100 Movies" list, you'll have to live with the Dolby Digital 1.0 mono soundtrack.

Extras

  • Theatrical Trailer

Recommendation

If you're willing to give this movie some time before the action picks up, you will not be disappointed. If you're a fan of either Christopher Lee or vampire movies in general, you'll definitely want to check this out if for no other reason than it's originality.

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Actors

Ralph Bates - Lord Courtley
Isla Blair - Lucy Paxton
[Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade]
John Carson - Jonathon Secker
Linda Hayden - Alice Hargood
Anthony Higgins - Paul Paxton
[Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark]
Russell Hunter - Felix
Shirley Jaffe - Betty (Hargood's Maid)
Martin Jarvis - Jeremy Secker
[The Bunker (1981)]
Geoffrey Keen - William Hargood
[For Your Eyes Only, The Living Daylights, Moonraker, Sink the Bismarck!, The Spy Who Loved Me]
Roy Kinnear - Weller
[Watership Down, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory]
Christopher Lee - Dracula
[The Golden Compass, Horror of Dracula, LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring/The Two Towers/Return of the King, The Man With the Golden Gun, Satanic Rights of Dracula, Sleepy Hollow, Star Wars Episode II/III, Tale of the Mummy, Wicker Man (1973)]
Keith Marsh - Father
Michael Ripper - Inspector Cobb
Peter Sallis - Samuel Paxton
[Wallace And Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit]
Gwen Watford - Martha Hargood

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