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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent double bill
First of all about the presentation. Its called in Drive-In Theatre and with good reason as at the beginning of the feature as well as sandwiched in between the films, we have snack ads and trailers giving the whole thing a nice authentic 'night out' feel to it.
Now onto the films. Blood Of The Vampire is a gory 1950's British Horror that could be mistaken for a...
Published on 25 Sep 2008 by Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Drive-In Fun !!
I agree with all of the previous reviewer -
great fun and content.
I would just add one critisism . .
I suspect most will buy this DVD for the 'Blood of the Vampire' feature . .
sad to say, the vibrant Eastmancolor of the original has now faded and the print has an overall pink look.
Published on 13 Aug 2012 by zap


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent double bill, 25 Sep 2008
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Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett "vampire lover" (Dracula's Crypt) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blood of Vampire & Hellfire Club [DVD] [1961] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
First of all about the presentation. Its called in Drive-In Theatre and with good reason as at the beginning of the feature as well as sandwiched in between the films, we have snack ads and trailers giving the whole thing a nice authentic 'night out' feel to it.
Now onto the films. Blood Of The Vampire is a gory 1950's British Horror that could be mistaken for a Hammer Horror at times. The plot concerns the mad Doctor Callistratus, who having been executed for his crimes once(staked through the heart and buried), is revived by a revolutionary heart operation performed by a drunken Doctor(!). He thens sets up residence in a Prison for the incurably insane, where he is free to carry on his nefarious experiments on the innocent men who are sent there due to the corrupt local system. He is also aided and abetted by a malicious, mute hunchback called Karl, who disposes of any trouble makers for his master. Into the mix comes a Doctor John Pierre(a rather bland Vincent Ball), who is sent to the prison to help the mad medic with his experiments in isolating blood groups.
This is an excellent little film, quite sadistic for a 1950's horror, and with enough plot to keep most genre fans interested. The film belongs to Victor Maddern as Karl, who is excellent in a thankless role, hidden under ridiculous, gory makeup
The viewer could be mistaken for thinking The Hellfire Club is a horror too, given its title, and the likes of Jimmy Sangster and Peter Cushing in the credits. In fact its an entertaining tale full of swash and buckle, as a nobleman comes back to claim the title that is rightfully his, from the wicked cousin who has stolen it. An entertaining hour and a half, with a good exercise in caddish villiany by Peter Arne as the evil cousin Thomas.
So an excellent double bill, lovingly presented
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Drive-In Fun !!, 13 Aug 2012
This review is from: Blood of Vampire & Hellfire Club [DVD] [1961] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I agree with all of the previous reviewer -
great fun and content.
I would just add one critisism . .
I suspect most will buy this DVD for the 'Blood of the Vampire' feature . .
sad to say, the vibrant Eastmancolor of the original has now faded and the print has an overall pink look.
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