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3 bored rich businessmen in Victorian England meet one of Dracula's servants who offers them a chance for excitement if they will sell their souls. Another Dracula sequel in Hammer Horror's long running Dracula series, this follows on directly from the ending of Dracula Has Risen From The Grave. Dracula of course always comes back after being killed in the previous movie and after a tense build up, Dracula finally appears, brought back to life and hunting the men who killed his servant played by Ralph Bates with a cast that includes Geoffrey Keen, Peter Sallis, Roy Kinnear, Isla Blair, Martin Jarvis, Anthony Higgins and of course Christopher Lee in his most famous role as Dracula. It's good fun even if you have seen it all before and can guess what happens next in a film which sticks rigorously to the Hammer Horror formula.
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on 23 October 2013
A good addition from the Hammer team which has a decent story that is paced well throughout the film. This type of film has a nostalgic quality which was done so well in England in this and other English horror films in the '60s and '70s.

Christopher Lee gives the role of Dracula good screen presence - avoiding the temptation to over-act which would have been easy to do. No longer with us Peter Sallis and Roy Kinnear, both usually remembered for comedy roles, give understated and solid performances. A film involving the lovely Linda Hayden is always worth watching and personally, I think Dracula should have been beguiled by Linda's stunning eyes rather than the other way round.

"Taste The Blood Of Dracula" isn't the most scary film that you will ever see but it confidently straddles good acting, a decently scripted story, and it doesn't out stay it's welcome.

No extras other than the films trailer but sound and viewing clarity is very good.
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on 30 May 2012
Back in the 1970's I'd beg my parents to let me stay up late and watch Hammer films only to spend the 90 minutes watching from behind the sofa! So when i watch them now it is with a sense of nostalgia and a yearning for the good old days before computer imagery. That said there are some irritating points in these films, the lines that Dracula speaks seem really naff. I saw a documentary about Christopher Lee and apparently he refused to speak his lines in Dracula prince of darkness-they were that bad!. The plot of this film has ol' Drac wreak revenge on the killers of his disciple, he knocks them off one by one and after each killing he counts them off "NUMBER ONE." "NUMBER TWO." etc..A bit lame i thought, he could have just held up a claw like finger or two or three. The music score sets the tension rising well and the sets are reasonable, there's plenty of cleavage and heaving bosoms too.The film seems promising until Dracula speaks and I've worked it out, he is never about for longer than a day or two from the time he is resurrected. For me the endings always seem too easy and quick, after all he is meant to be the prince of darkness!
In this film Drac ends up like the contents of an ash tray as per by standing in front of.....You'll have to watch it!
Would i recommend this film? of course i would! just for old times sake.
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on 12 May 2017
Very good condition. Enjoyed the film but had a bit of a naff ending. Thanks.
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on 17 August 2017
Not the best Dracula film but worth a look.
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on 20 August 2017
Love the old Dracula's
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on 7 September 2017
I bought the region A/1 copy and it plays perfectly on my UK 2+ year old Sony Blu-ray player. Worth the risk as I got it so cheap
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on 10 June 2017
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on 12 April 2016
fair enough for hammer fans, but I found it unconvincing overall
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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 Russell Hunter'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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