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Plot: 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… Runtime: 91 min Release Date: 07 Jun 1970
Always been a big fan of Hammer Horror and this is one of the best of the Dracula series.A travelling salesman Roy Kinnear comes across the Count Christopher Lee as always impaled on a giant gold crucifix as the previous film ended - he collects the cloak,ring and the dried blood and returns to England. There we meet three late Victorian gentlemen - Hargood Geoffrey Keen ,Carson Jonathen Secker and Paxton Peter Sallis - by day they are respectable Church-goers but at night go to the East End for "Charity" work - of course this means they go whoring in brothels but have found <more>
their experiences becoming jaded - they seek new excitements. This arrives in the form of Lord Courtley Ralph Bates a dissolute aristocrat who dabbles in black magic and realises he can get the 3 to buy the goods from Kinnear and summon up Dracula. The 3 are dubious but Courtley persuades them and in a disused churchyard the summoning takes place - the 3 realise they are way out of their depths and when Courtlery dies they flee. What they haven'r realised is that Dracula has returned and blames them for Courtley's death - he seeks them out to destroy them...Direrected by Hammer regular Peter Sadsy the film mines a deep vein of Victorian hypocrisy - Hargood rules his family with an iron fist preaching Christian values and one the films most effective threads is how Dracula uses the the children of the 3 to achieve his ends - corrupting them so the Fathers can see the direct consequence of their actions. Lee is excellent as always but not given enough screen time and there is fine support from Linda Haydon who was in the notorious Baby Love and so effective in Blood on Satan's Claw as Hargood's daughter Alice who Dracula uses to trap and then destroy the 3 Fathers.There is almost a Greek tragic element to it as the thing they hold most dear is the thing that kills them - it can also be read as the bourgious dabbling in forces beyond their control and unleashing a power that will destroy them. Terrific stuff.
Christopher Lee does it again! (by MrsFrankenstein)
This is one of my favorite Hammer films due to its intensity. It is the way that Dracula kills his victims. The reason he does this is at the beginning three gentlemen accompany Lord Courtley Bates to perform a black mass to bring Dracula back from the dead. But when things get to intense for the three gentlemen they kill Lord Courtley and Dracula decides to get vengeance on them. So through the movie one by one he disposing of his servant's murderers using their very own children as the culprits. If you are a Christopher Lee fan I would definitely recommend this one to you. However, <more>
An excellent movie and the 2nd best in the Dracula series after Dracula Has Risen From The Grave. this movie features the extremely gorgeous Linda Hayden who is in my opinion the 4 hottest hammer actress after Valerie Leon Blood From the Mummy's Tomb , Veronica Carlson Dracula Has Risen From The Grave , and Olinka Berova The Vengence of She . Ilsa Blair Is extremely Gorgeous but no match for Linda. Christopher Lee does an excellent job as usual. Also does every other actor and actress in this film. A classic Hammer Horror movie that will never be forgotten in a true Hammer Horror fans <more>
eyes. All in all a clever , well written, sexy, entertaining, and pure hammer goth of a tasty treat.enjoy Matt
Lee's last good Dracula performance (by nvillesanti)
When I was a kid by the late 70s I had the chance to see on TV some of Hammer's horror flick from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. But I had developed a special king of passion for the Dracula series. I remember the foggy atmosphere, the old castles and the Gothic Victorian era. Hammer movies were really well done and very elegant. "Taste the Blood of Dracula" starts where "Dracula has raised from the Grave" ended, when traveling salesman by the name of Weller played by Roy Kinnear is pushed from the wagon he was traveling in. After a brief moment he gets his self together and <more>
hears a loud scream from deep in the forest. He goes and investigates and finds the Count impaled in a golden cross and while he sees in horror Dracula is disintegrated in a red powder like substance. Weller, quickly decides to take the powder with him and all of Dracula's belonging. Later we see a group of three English businessmen with their families in church but that's only a cover when the three Englishmen leave their families every Sunday night, apparently to help the poor and feed the hungry instead they seek pleasure to satisfied their personal desire by visiting a night club. While the three businessmen are having their usual fun they are interrupted by Lord Courtley played by Ralph Bates how is a black magic practitioner and invites the three businessmen to participate in a satanic ritual promising them that he will expand their pleasures. But first they must buy from Weller, Dracula's blood and artifacts for him to perform the ritual. First the businessmen hesitate but they are easily deceived by Lord Courtley and later they perform the ritual in an abandoned church. After Courtley drinks the blood he falls to the ground in pain and the businessmen in fear start to beat him up to death. After leaving the body of Courtley lifeless on the ground the body of Courtley transforms in the Count Dracula. After this Dracula promise the revenge of his servant Courtley by hypnotizing the daughters of the businessmen and making them murder their own fathers. Dracula is like a puppet master in this movie and his participation is more in the shadows but still has a good feel to it. The acting by the entire cast was superb, especially for Ralph Bates. The costumes, art direction, photography, and directing was one of the best in the Dracula series. I had the chance to buy this classic in 2004 on DVD and later the rest of the Hammer's Dracula series. But "Taste the Blood of Dracula" still my overall favorite. Atmosphere and the great performances makes this a must see. Unfortunately Taste the Blood of Dracula was in my opinion the last good Dracula of the series. After that they started to do Dracula more too present day and kind of lost its touch. If you are a Hammer fan and want to make your own Dracula movie marathon this movie should be in your collection.
Victorian England. Rather irritating young Satanist and three Bible-bashing hypocrites resurrect Dracula, causing the death of the young scumbag. Dracula thinks the trio had no right to help the death of HIS servant and goes to attack the trio through their children. Entertaining Dracula film set to the right milieu, with quality being the name of the game. Sets and locations - the period interiors, the atmospherically ruined church, the gorgeous autumnal graveyard - are very beautiful, so are the women's feminine costumes and strong, but natural colours of 1970s Technicolour. James <more>
Bernard's score is one of his best. Christopher Lee may be the most overpraised Dracula in history, but who cares - this film shows the charm of the old-fashioned "horror" at it's best.
It's open to debate, and that's part of the problem and fun with cataloguing such things accurately, but I've always believed there to be seven films in the Hammer "Dracula" cycle. Although "Brides of Dracula" has Dracula in its title, and good though it is, the Count's absence from this film surely excludes it from being part of the canon, strictly speaking. I include the two "modern" takes that Hammer took on the story. They reunite Lee as Dracula with Cushing as nemesis Van Helsing for the first time in the series since its début and thus give <more>
the feel of the cycle having come full circle.Based on the aforementioned, this would make my personal favourite, "Taste the Blood of Dracula", the fourth of the seven and thus the middle film of the cycle. The "Frankenstein" series also comprises seven and its middle film, "Frankenstein Created Woman", covers the same territory as this Dracula movie, namely Victorian values and three aristocrats who get what's coming to them!!! I'm sure it wasn't planned this way, at least not from the outset, but there is a kind of beauty to viewing them with this sequence in mind. There is no lumbering monster in this Frankenstein film which makes it atypical of its series just as, without many of the familiar trappings we have come to expect such as priests, suspicious villagers and disgruntled coach drivers, "Taste the Blood of Dracula" is also atypical.Alas, my argument isn't watertight! Although Dracula isn't mentioned in the title, in "The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires", released by Hammer after their last "official" Dracula movie "The Satanic Rites of Dracula", the character is included although this time not played by Christopher Lee. Therefore, it could be argued there are eight films in the cycle, nine if one still wishes to include "Brides of Dracula", and therein lies the problem. It is impossible, however desirable, to pin an exact number of films to the sequence!
At one point this was planned as a `Dracula-free' Dracula movie along the lines of `Brides Of Dracula' or `Kiss Of The Vampire' , fortunately the American backers had more sense and demanded the inclusion of Mr Lee. I say fortunately, as I think that `Taste The Blood Of Dracula' is Lee's second-best outing in the role just behind the classic 1958 `Dracula' .Peter Sasdy is a highly imaginative, but sadly unappreciated director and he makes the most of a strong script. The cast is impressive, a strong mixture of established character actors Keene, Carson, Sallis etc <more>
and fresh faces Hayden, Blair, and Bates and there is no weak links. Hayden an iconic figure in the early seventies and Blair in particular give memorable performances.From the edgy, blackly comic pre-credit sequence on-wards, this movie rarely misses a step. The only exception being the climax, which seems to me to be more than slightly confusing and unclear. This however is just a minor grip, as this movie is in my opinion the last great Dracula movie and head and shoulders above the previous film in this cycle, the very dull `Dracula has risen From The Grave' and a highpoint of late Hammer Horror.
One of the best Hammer Dracula films (by Bavafreak)
On the downside, Christopher Lee's definitive Dracula is given very little to do. On the upside, this Hammer horror is well directed by Peter Sasdy, with a nice sense of period detail and some excellent performances by John Carson, Geoffrey Keen, Peter Sallis, Anthony Higgins, and others. One can see where Lee's frustration over the series' direction, giving the central character much too little to do, played into his eventual decision to leave the series, but this is substantially better than the films that followed it. Not a masterpiece, by any means, but very nicely done, with <more>
a gorgeous score by James Bernard and some striking Autumnal photography by Arthur Grant.
Taste The Eeriness Of Christopher Lee (by Witchfinder-General-666)
Although certainly not the best sequel to the Hammer Studios' ingenious Dracula series starring Christopher Lee, Peter Sadsdy's "Taste The Blood Of Dracula" of 1970 is still a good entry to this wonderful cycle. The original Hammer Dracula of 1958 aka "Horror Of Dracula" is, of course, unmatched, and some of the sequels, such as "Prince of Darkness" 1966 and "Scars Of Dracula" 1970 are, in my opinion, also a lot better than this movie, but "Taste The Blood Of Dracula" certainly has its very own allure and some great,creepy <more>
elements that Hammer fans should love to see, such as devil worshiping, black masses and possession.A man kicked out of a stagecoach wakes up in the middle of the forest, hearing some terrible, eerie screams, he starts running in fear, just to witness Count Dracula die another death, this time impaled on a cross. A few years later a bunch of rich gentlemen are bored with their lives, and willing to spare no costs or efforts to get a bit of excitement... "Taste The Blood Of Dracula" has the typically great Hammer photography and, once again, an eerie soundtrack allthough some of the other Dracula films had better scores , and all the other typical Hammer elements. Christopher Lee is once again wonderfully eerie in his role, and most the supporting performances are also good. This is not one of my favorite Hammer films, and it definitely has a few weaknesses which I won't give away, since it would mean giving away parts of the plot , but it is overall another great entry to the Dracula series, and Hammer fans should not not miss it.