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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

Hammer Horror strikes again with a slightly different take on Bram Stoker's Dracula story.  Christopher Lee plays the famous Count, a role he started in Horror of Dracula (1958) and would continue to play numerous times [9 by my count!] ending with Dracula and Son (1976).  He is excellent in the role, playing it his own way which is quite different from Bela Lugosi's original, but is nicely done nonetheless.
If you've seen other Hammer Horror films, you won't be disappointed with this one.  It shares the same production values as many of their other films and the acting is top notch through and through.  Kudos to Hammer Studios for making such consistently excellent gothic horror films.  They are a joy to watch.
I won't spoil the plot for you but in this one Count Dracula is literally reconstituted during a secret black magic ceremony.  [Not to be missed!]  The plot set up for this one is truly original.  I've never seen anything like it which is surprising considering how many vampire films I've seen over the years.  The rest of the movie follows a fairly predictable path but it is an enjoyable journey nonetheless.  Taste the Blood of Dracula can be seen in parts on YouTube and in whole at veoh.com but, do yourself a favor and rent this one.  It deserves to be seen on a decent screen.
RATING: Excellent
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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