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Scars of Dracula [DVD] [1970]

Christopher Lee , Dennis Waterman , Roy Ward Baker    DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher Lee, Dennis Waterman, Jenny Hanley, Christopher Matthews, Patrick Troughton
  • Directors: Roy Ward Baker
  • Writers: Anthony Hinds, Bram Stoker
  • Producers: Aida Young
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French, English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NEVX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 390,624 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit long in the fang... 18 July 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Well, after several previous outings as the Count, Lee again resumes his role in this installment, 'The Scars of Dracula', the last of the 'Gothic' Dracula films in which he would star, if I'm correct.
Though a fairly lenient fan of the Dracula genre, I did find unforgivable problems with this picture - for one, I could never take the giant rubber bat seriously; secondly, the plot seemed almost spoof-like, and again lowered the tone, and thirdly, there were some appalling characters which didn't make the picture feel like a traditional Hammer horror at all - namely the stupid pair of Policemen.
On the up side, there's, of course, the fantastic Christopher Lee, who gets plenty of screen time, and plenty more lines than usual. His presence is stunning, although I found Dracula's death scene a little over-rated. Most of the actors are fairly good, and most of the settings are decent enough.
If you want a good Hammer horror with the legendary Mr.Lee as Dracula, I recommend any of this film's predacessors, and even Dracula AD 1972 - unfortunately, this one is one of my least favourites of the Dracula franchise starring Mr.Lee. Just one too many flaws for my liking.
But, either way, you can't go wrong with Christopher Lee!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still A Good Time 26 Sep 2005
Though not considered one of the best by Hammer fans, Scars of Dracula is still an enjoyable vampire film. It is dark and violent and at times twisted. Lee himself has said on more than one occasion that this was his least favorite in the series, because of the violent nature of the film, and the acts of torture his character was directed to perform. Yet, it is still very much the Hammer-style film, with luscious, colorful sets, ghothic atmoshere, and great performances by all the actors involved. And in a way, Lee's Dracula here is more frightening than some of his other incarnations, because of his twisted, satanic ways. He gives a feeling that Dracula could indeed originate from the lower regions of hell.
It would've been a better film with the reappearance of a Van Helsing type vampire hunter, like Cushing, or Andrew Keir (Dracula: Prince of Darkness), as the kill-scene is my least favorite of all the Lee/Dracula films. But the DVD itself is beautiful, the picture quality near perfect, the sound clear and crisp. And it is a well put together film.
The extras from Anchorbay, as usual, are far superior to anything anyone else (with the exception of Criterion, perhaps) includes with their DVDs. There's an audio commentary with Lee and director Roy Ward Baker. You get trailers, a poster gallery, and with the limited edition two disc set, you also get a neat and personal interview with Lee called "The Many Faces of Christopher Lee", and two totally cool music videos that Lee participated in. Anchorbay, as always, has treated the Hammer Horror fan with an exceptionally good product.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Dracula yarn from the hammer team 3 Jan 2008
This film isn't the best of the Dracula movies by any means, but if you like this genre then you'll find it all mildly amusing.

A young Dennis Waterman (complete with uncharacteristic posh accent) goes in search of his brother who is on the run due to a false allegation of rape from the local burgermeister's daughter. As expected, all roads lead to Dracula's large gaffe. The body count is rather high here (five plus a churchload of villagers) and there's plenty of fangs on display.

Interestingly, Dracula meets a rather unusual end in this one - and 'dies' like many golfers have.

Don't expect great special effects - this is 1970 and low budget (you'll particularly notice this when it comes to the bats), but overall this is a watchable 90 minute film straight off the Hammer press.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
The budgets were hitting rock bottom and the formula getting tired by the time Hammer persuaded Christopher Lee to don the cape yet again for 1970's Scars of Dracula, their second Dracula outing of the year after the superior Taste the Blood of Dracula. Not particularly bad though awfully overfamiliar, this has the feel of everyone clocking on to work at a treadmill as yet another unwary (and in this case accidental) traveller finds himself shunned by tight-lipped superstitious locals (well, Michael Ripper and a couple of extras) and soon regretting taking advantage of the Count's hospitality in the first half while in the second half his brother (a young and miscast Dennis Waterman) and romantic interest Jenny Hanley go through much of the same routine in the second as they go in search of him. There's an effectively nasty surprise waiting for the villagers in the church after their early attempt to burn the Count out of house and home and there's an engagingly matter of fact just-another-day-at-work sequence where Patrick Troughton's servant discards the remnants of one of his master's unwanted brides with a hacksaw and an acid bath but this is more notable for upping the violence than improving the quality.

Unlike the US Anchor Bay DVD, this UK release only offers the trailer as an extra.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellant 19 Aug 2013
By merlin
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I loved it.I'm a masive fan of Christopher Lee as Dracula and a fan of Hammer horror films.I actually got this one as a very young and very poshly spoken ( ! )Dennis Waterman is in it and I am very big fan of his.The story is similar really as all the other Hammer Dracula films but still worth watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
was brought for a present and was very happy with it
Published 8 days ago by Jando15
4.0 out of 5 stars The bat! The broth!
Often regarded as one of the worst Hammer Draculas,Scars has actually got a fair bit going for it;Lee has more screen time and dialogue than usual and looks amazing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gorgal Windsor
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
This was a gift. It turned up promptly in excellent condition. It is a DVD thus, does what it is made to do.
Published 15 months ago by Mr John Gardiner
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not awful
Dracula 5 isn't the best of the series but it does look good (apart from the fake blood-dribbling bat at the start) and Patrick Troughton's in it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!
This is a top film and one the best in the series along with dracula , dracula has risen from the grave & taste the blood of dracula true classics from Hammer!!!
Published 16 months ago by SHAUN
5.0 out of 5 stars Scars Of Dracula
Always love a good Dracula Film especially during the dark winter nights. Another great film by Hammer. Would recommend to Family and freinds.
Published 19 months ago by Pauline Phillips
2.0 out of 5 stars one of hammer's worst dracula offerings.
when i watch "scars of dracula," i've always struggled to find something remotely positive to say in the film's favour. Read more
Published 22 months ago by jeremiah harbottle
3.0 out of 5 stars dont expect much
this is a candidate for worst dracula film but it is the goriest.yes its bloody,bloody awful the actings poor the story does not follow on from the last movie and it has rubber... Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2012 by jed
2.0 out of 5 stars Hammer gone to seed
I really like Hammer films. I wanted to like this, since seeing it in my youth i recall variable bloody portions of it. Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2011 by Zaroff
3.0 out of 5 stars The devil has won.
A village girl found murdered, could it be that Dracula is back? Playboy Paul Carlson is about to find out. Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2011 by Spike Owen
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