Taste the Blood of Dracula
AKA: Das Blut von Dracula, Wie schmeckt das Blut von Dracula?
GB, 1969, Color, 95 min
Bernard, Philiph Martell
Three old libertines, acting as upright men towards the outside,
are looking for the ultimate chills and therefore join young Lord
Courtley who is said to be in league with Satan. With the help of
some utensils that once belonged to the deceased count Dracula and
the clotted blood of the prince of darkness himself, they want to
call him back to life. But then, our three gentlemen get scared
to hell, they freak out and beat Lord Courtley to death. Nevertheless,
the conjuration was successful and Dracula rises from the grave
(which is in a more ridiculous than scary scene). Now he swears
revenge for his murdered servant. He takes possession of the three
evil doers' grown up children and makes one after the other kill
their fathers. But the righteous Paul, who thanks to a book knows
quite a lot about vampirism, sets out to free his bride Alice from
the fangs of the vampire. Then, in an old church he causes the master
of the undead's exit... and he does it without the help of van Helsing
- Peter Cushing unfortunately had to stay at home this time.
story, hurriedly filmed, this is how the cooking was done in the
Hammer kitchen around 1970. The good years were over and there had
already been first flops in the production company's success story.
Unfortunately this becomes too obvious in the later Hammer-movies
(from 1967/68 on) before the final (not quite glorious) end of the
legend in the 70s.
"Taste the Blood of Dracula" can be listed among the better
movies of the series. Director Peter Sasdy did a good job, which
means that he was capable to put a banal story in scene, and he
also proofed his talent for uncanny atmosphere (left apart Draculas
resurrection) and considerable backgrounds. Besides Christopher
Lee (with a first-class presentation of "his" Dracula
but unfortunately too few scenes) this movie shows Hammer Icon Linda
Hayden, which for some die-hard fans should already be enough of
a reason to watch the movie.
sum it up: "Taste the Blood of Dracula" is fairly good
if you want to watch some movie late at night, nothing more and
nothing less. It doesn't have a lot in common with Hammer's first
Dracula movie from 1958, but the later Dracula-movies couldn't come
up to its standard anymore... but that's a different story.