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4.0 out of 5 stars Taste the Blood of Hammer!!
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...
Published on 16 July 2004 by mintchocchip04

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3.0 out of 5 stars Sins of the fathers
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...
Published on 15 Dec 2007 by Trevor Willsmer


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4.0 out of 5 stars Taste the Blood of Hammer!!, 16 July 2004
This review is from: Taste The Blood Of Dracula [DVD] [1970] (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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Blood, 24 Jun 2004
This review is from: Taste The Blood Of Dracula [DVD] [1970] (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. In this film he brings his character to such vivid life that its a shame that he's killed off half way through the film.
Linda Hayden is excellent as the female lead, starting as an innocent before being corrupted and taken over by Dracula. The climax of the film is a battle for her soul. A battle you're not always convinced she wants the hero to win.
Her career started well in vehicles like this and she was always the best thing in such exploitation films as 'Blood On Satans Claw', 'Expose', 'Baby Love' and 'Confessions of A Window Cleaner'. Very little of her work has been available on DVD to date and it is to be hoped that the release of this film will encourage labels to bring out some of her other films.
She was one of many seventies film starlets such as Judy Geeson and Madeline Smith who are largely forgotten today but gave great performances in often ordinary and exploitative work.
'Taste The Blood Of Dracula' is worthy of its cast. A great gothic Victorian melodrama with Dracula at its centre manipulating all.
Its a film thats been underrated by fans of Hammer Horror and the Dracula series and one thats well worth examining. Its at a great price so even the lack of extras can be forgiven.
Well worth purchasing by horror film fans.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Last Dracula Made Worth Seeing, 11 Jun 2005
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E. A. Redfearn "eredfearn2" (Middlesbrough) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Taste The Blood Of Dracula [DVD] [1970] (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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3.0 out of 5 stars Sins of the fathers, 15 Dec 2007
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Taste The Blood Of Dracula [DVD] [1970] (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?" Naturally it all ends badly with Bates getting a severe case of indigestion after drinking the blood of the title and getting kicked to death by his new friends, conveniently providing Dracula with a new body and a new mission - to destroy all three men through their children (a typical role-call of amply-bosomed totty, future BBC regulars and supporting actors who never made it to the major leagues in the forms of Linda Hayden, Isla Blair, Martin Jarvis and Anthony Higgins in the days when he was still calling himself Anthony Corlan) while Michael Ripper's ineffectual detective displays a pronounced lack of interest in the mounting body count.

The idea of the sins of the fathers being revenged by their children is a good one, offering both a neat twist and a reason for Lee's extremely limited screen time that keeps him very much to the sidelines until the disappointing finale, but it's certainly one of the more entertaining sequels and, a couple of lapses such as the resurrection scene aside, boasts superior and atmospheric direction from Peter Sasdy with some surprisingly graceful camerawork. It's also the last of the Hammer Draculas that looks like they spent some money on it - when they churned out Scars of Dracula the same year, it looked like they'd spent all their money on this one and had only pocket change and whatever was left over in the studio wardrobe for that!

Warner's DVD offers a good widescreen transfer with the original trailer as the only extra.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Victorian repression and seventies orange blood = great fun, 4 May 2010
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This review is from: Taste The Blood Of Dracula [DVD] [1970] (DVD)
Taste The Blood Of Dracula, the fifth in Hammer's series of Dracula films, follows on directly on from where the previous film left off. Not that you really need to see the others before watching this one. Dracula is such a familiar character and Hammer Horrors are such a large part of British film history that most viewers will have a good idea of what to expect: Christopher Lee being roughly twenty feet tall, Surrey woodlands turning into film sets at the drop of a hat (or the drop of Roy Kinnear falling out of a horse drawn carriage), Victorian gentlemen who like to cavort with exotic ladies, very orange blood and a few boob shots...it's all here and it's all very entertaining.

The plot is interesting enough if a little simple. Three apparently upstanding family men enjoy the seedier side of life (drinking, snake dancers etc) so when they're given the chance to resurrect Count Dracula, they're game. Of course, it doesn't work out quite that simply and Dracula goes about biting the necks of buxom wenches, lurking in an unrealistic crypt and occasionally wearing red contact lenses.

There's a definite change in atmosphere from the earlier films which reflects the time and changing views of when the film was made. There's less focus on the brooding gothic and more on blood and topless ladies. As that's what people wanted, who was Hammer to say no?

Ultimately, it might seem a little quaint now but it's still worth a watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DRACULA IN VICTORIAN ENGLAND, 6 Dec 2009
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BABU VARMA "B.K. Varma" (Trichur East, Kerala State, India) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Taste The Blood Of Dracula [DVD] [1970] (DVD)
Taste The Blood Of Dracula [DVD] [1970]Peter Sasdy, a horror movie director who never fulfilled early signs of promise, took Lee through his next screen incarnation as the Count in the first of two movies made by Lee in 1970,Taste the Blood of Dracula. The film was set, with no advantage, in Victorian England instead of Transylvania,where three brothel-frequenting gentlemen of depraved tastes and a craving for escape from their ennui, join Lord Courtley (Ralph Bates) to enable him to buy a cloak, a phial of dried blood and a signet ring, the remains of Dracula. Courtley perishes as he drinks the blood of Dracula, reconstituted from the contents of the phial, and Lee's gaunt and handsome Count Dracula is loose again. Dracula wreaks havoc, vampirizing two women, one of whom, in turn, bites her sweetheart, turning him into one of the Undead, until he is cornered in a chapel by the hero, there to be killed once more.Though the film never quite lives up to its brilliantly staged opening scenes, its variation on the idea of the decadent, aristocratic Dracula's threat to the sanctity of the Victorian middle class family highlights an intriguing aspect of Hammer's Vampire Mythology.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taste the blood of Hammer, 9 July 2004
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Christopher Lee's and Hammer's 4th Dracula outing. A group of supposedly respectable gentlemen looking for new thrills because their current secret debauchery bores them, get involved with Satan ritualism to summon up the Devil, or in this case Count Dracula. The review below from back in 2000 is innacurate as it is referring to the VHS version, it states it is a cut version, whilst this DVD version is 'uncut' and features the nudity and dancing in the brothel; a full 3 mins extra over the old VHS version, the DVD also features a theatrical trailer.
All in all a decent vampire film for its day, but not Hammer's nor Lee's best Dracula film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT AS GREAT AS ITS PRECEDING ENTRIES, BUT STILL A VERY GOOD DRACULA FILM NONETHELESS., 16 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Taste The Blood Of Dracula [DVD] [1970] (DVD)
THE MOVIE

The fifth entry (the forth starring Christopher Lee) in Hammer's fantastic Dracula series is a notch below the preceding parts.
Lee again delivers a stunning performance as the King of vampires, although he screen time is very limited in the first two thirds. The angelic Linda Hayden helps to get over this.
Supporting cast includes Michael Ripper (who played Max in DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE), Geoffrey Keen, Peter Sallis, Anthony Higgins and Roy Kinnear.
Directed by Peter Sasdy (who also directed COMTESSE DRACULA in 1971), Sasdy did quite well with the script he was given (written by Anthony Hinds), which is the actual downside of this movie, the story isn't too bad, but could have used some new ideas: Dracula hunting down the men who killed his servant just isn't really that fresh anymore.
TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA no longer takes place in Transylvania, but in Victorian London. I don't really have a problem with the change of scenery, still I prefer is mythical homeland (although all parts were filmed in England, you get my point).
The other strengths of the previous Dracula movies are also found here, no less appealing: the Victorian atmosphere is very well captured, and the sets are as great as ever, Hammer Studios really know how to create fantastic sets at a fairly low cost without it showing, and a great costume design once again completes the entire picture.
The finale seems a bit rushed, however, and is less amazing than its predecessor's.
Not the worst Hammer Dracula movie, not the best, but still HIGHLY watchable and a far cry better than modern vamp movies (such as the TWILIGHT series).
4.0 OUT OF 5.0 STARS

THE DVD

Reviewed version: 2009 Warner Bros. UK DVD
Feature running time: 92 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 15 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 / 16:9 (anamorphic)
Audio: English, French, German (all 1.0 mono)
Subtitles: English, French, German, Dutch, Hebrew, Swedish, Greek, Hungarian, Arabic, English for the Hearing Impaired, German for the Hearing Impaired
Chapters: 27
Extras: Theatrical Trailer
Region: 2,4,5

Picture: C+
Audio: C
Extras: Only the theatrical trailer (F)
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Hammers Finest, 24 Feb 2012
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Gaz Atkins (Coventry, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Taste The Blood Of Dracula [DVD] [1970] (DVD)
Three Victorian thrill seeking hedonists team up with the decadent aristo Lord Courtley, deliciously overplayed by Ralph Bates in an attempt to ressurect the Count by way of a blood drinking ritual. This is a thoroughly entertaining horror yarn and a superb example of Gothic Hammer Horror. As always the production value is spot on with plenty of warm vibrant colours emphasized by the brilliant sharp photography filmed in a 1.85.1 widescreen format. Its also got a good solid cast of actors led by John Carson and the lovely Linda Hayden. l love this movie and so will any fan of vinage British horror.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hammer still got the knack, 28 Feb 2008
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Kenneth Lewis "Re-Animator" (UK Liverpool) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Taste The Blood Of Dracula [DVD] [1970] (DVD)
The 5th installment of Hammers Dracula films is excellent in my opinion. There was a review in a newsapaper stating that this was a recovery from the last film (risen from the grave). I think people said that because there was no one else besides Lee of any real substance. Ralph Bates fills that role excellently not as an adversary but as a catalyst in reviving Dracula with the help of Roy Kinnear and Peter Sallis as well as other dodgy blokes. The ending is a bit of a letdown as it isn't completly clear how Lee dies(which is why I can only give a 4)
The plot 3 dodgy repressed victorian dignitaries visit various brothels and like to think themselves adventurers in the darker part of human nature. On one of their quests they meet Ralph Bates who promises to get them higher than they have ever been. They must purchase some items of a dodgy salesman (roy kinnear). The items are a pendant,ring and a testube full of dried blood which all belong to a certain Count Dracula. When they are asked to drink the blood they all "bottle it" and poor Ralphie necks the lot and starts having some sort of satanic fit the gentlemen genorously put him out of his misery. However the count has been summonded and has revenge on his mind.
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