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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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