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  • Actors: Christopher Lee, Geoffrey Keen, Gwen Watford, Linda Hayden, Peter Sallis
  • Directors: Peter Sasdy
  • Writers: Anthony Hinds, Bram Stoker
  • Producers: Aida Young
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jun. 2013
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XLY5G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,603 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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In this sequel to 'Dracula, Prince of Darkness' (1965), the Count (Christopher Lee) is resurrected by the blood of a wounded priest who is attempting to exorcise him. Going on the rampage in the local village of Keineneburg, Dracula becomes obsessed with the priest's beautiful niece.This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media.'s standard return policy will apply.This product is expected to play back in DVD Video "play only" devices, and may not play in other DVD devices, including recorders and PC drives.


Taste the Blood of Dracula is one of the best of Christopher Lee's Dracula series for Hammer. A group of businessmen who, out of sight of their families, like nothing more than to frequent brothels and generally behave in sensation-seeking ways, are persuaded by Dracula's servant (a splendidly manic Ralph Bates) that summoning up the orthodontically-challenged aristocrat would be the ultimate thrill. They warily agree, purchasing relics for the necessary ritual from a shifty dealer (Roy Kinnear--who else?), but panic halfway through the proceedings and decide to kick their initiator to death instead. Unfortunately, it's too late, and Dracula materialises as they make good their escape, swearing to avenge the murder of his servant.

While the subsequent descent into paranoia by the three villains-Dracula himself hardly counts in comparison with this odious bunch--isn't exactly the stuff of Rosemary's Baby, it still infuses the plot with an element of psychodrama that is unusual for a Hammer fang-fest. There are strong performances pretty much all round, but Peter "Clegg" Sallis quakes exceptionally nicely as one of the trio of miscreants. The sets, props and costumes are of an unusually high order, too. --Roger Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By "mintchocchip04" on 16 July 2004
Format: DVD
Taste the Blood of Dracula is another great film from the House of Hammer.This DVD is the uncut version, which includes the brothel scenes, the killing of Lord Courtley.
The film begins with Roy Kinnear, a salesman on a carriage ride trying to sell an item to 2 odd looking men,he gets thrown off the carriage, witneses the killing of Dracula (Christopher Lee). Three Victorian gentlemen who keep respectability in front of their families are drawn in to Dracula's resurrection courtesy of Lord Courtley(Ralph Bates).
In a disused church, Dracula is brought back to life by the blood of Courtley & seeks revenge on them & their families,who destroyed him.
Although Christopher Lee has a very small part in the film, this is still a good film by Hammer Studio's.There are great supporting roles for Linda Hayden, Isla Blair & Anthony Corlan. The DVD's only extra features is a trailer & scene selection which is a shame but at least it is the uncut version. The picture quality is also an improvement. Worth buying!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By sydneyemms on 24 Jun. 2004
Format: DVD
Taste The Blood of Dracula saw Hammer Films attempt to shake up their Dracula franchise and bring him over from Translyvania to Victorian London.
It opens with the climax of the previous film 'Dracula Has Risen From The Grave'. A traveller (played with great gusto by Roy Kinnear) witnesses the counts demise and keeps some of the debris as a souvenir.
Back in London a trio of decadent men become involved with a disciple of Dracula and the black arts, played by Ralph Bates. Having purchased the remains of Dracula he promises the men a night they won't forget. While attempting to revive Dracula he dies and the men flee. Dracula takes over the young mans body and promises revenge on the men who betrayed his servant. The sins of the fathers are about to visited on their children.
Dracula first possesses one of them (Linda Hayden) then uses her to trap the others and turn them into the undead.
The character of Dracula works very well in Victorian London. Unleashing the repressed desires and exposing the hypocrisy of the elders and betters portrayed by reliable character actors such as Peter Sallis and Geoffrey Keen.
The cast is full of actors who've gone on to establish long and succesful careers such as Martin Jarvis and Isla Blair, both very good in their juvenile roles. There's even a cameo from cult film favorite Madeline Smith.
The star of the film Christopher Lee is at his sardonic and imposing best but it is Linda Hayden and Ralph Bates who make the biggest impressions.
Bates was being groomed by Hammer to be one of its new stars but none of his films (Cult classics such as 'Lust for a Vampire' or 'Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde') ever lifted him onto the A list.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Redfearn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Jun. 2005
Format: DVD
Made as a follow up to Dracula Has Risen From The Grave, it does work rather well. Set in Victorian London, a group of business men who have become rather bored with their way of life are tempted to explore the world of darkness. They get more than they bargain for when Dracula is resurrected and sets about his vengeance when his servant (Ralp Bates) is murdered by the three businessmen. Its a good story helped along by its gothic atmosphere and good sets. Good to see the lovely Linda Hayden in this, her career never really took off which was a shame for she was a decent actress who more often than not ended up in low budget flicks which did little for her career. Dracula (Christopher Lee, who else?) says very little during the film, but his presence adds menace throughout. The supporting cast are good too, Peter Sallis; Geoffrey Keen and Gwen Watford just to name a few. It was sadly, the last film made in the Dracula series which is of any merit, so am sure Hammer fans would add this to their collection. Good sound and picture and can be bought for a good price too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 15 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
Taste the Blood of Dracula follows on so directly from Dracula Has Risen From the Grave that, after one particularly bizarre piece of deus ex machina that borders on the inspired, it begins with Roy Kinnear literally stumbling into the last scene of the movie. On a less welcome note it also marks the point at which an increasingly reticent Christopher Lee was reduced to a cameo figure as the Count - it's not until the halfway point that he's resurrected in a less than convincing display of special effects. Until then much of the film is carried, and rather well, by Geoffrey Keen's Bible-bashing strict disciplinarian Victorian dad, the kind of man you can set your watch by as he sets off to do `charity work' in the East End with his respectable friends John Carson and Peter Sallis saving fallen women - about two each once a month in Roy Hudd's brothel discreetly located in the backrooms of a soup kitchen. It's there that he and his pals are surprised playing horsie by Ralph Bates' dissolute disinherited aristo who has sold his soul to the Devil and offers to broker the same deal for them if they'll buy Dracula's cape and blood for him, reasoning that "Having tried everything that your narrow imaginations can suggest, you're bored to death with it all, right?Read more ›
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