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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent double bill, 25 Sep 2008
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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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Initial post: 25 Feb 2011 21:10:09 GMT
MARK C. BALE says:
What are the prints/transfers like for both these films ???

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2011 19:51:15 GMT
It's been quite a while since I watched the dvd, but I seem to recall being very happy with the picture/audio quality etc. Dark Sky love the films they release.
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