Incense for the Damned (Bloodsuckers)(Doctors Wear Scarlet)(Freedom Seekers) (1970) - Rotten Tomatoes

Incense for the Damned (Bloodsuckers)(Doctors Wear Scarlet)(Freedom Seekers) (1970)

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This badly-dated but interesting variant on the vampire subgenre is loosely based on the Simon Raven novel Doctors Wear Scarlet. The story details the seduction of an Oxford resident (Patrick Mower) into a satanic vampire society while studying in Greece. The chief twist here is that vampirism is treated not as a supernatural affliction, but as a bizarre form of sexual gratification -- an alternative lifestyle in which Mower is soon immersed, thanks to the manipulations of an exotic Greek siren. After some silly scenes featuring a lot of groovin' hippie orgies and silly psychedelic lighting effects, Mower returns to England to continue his sanguinary obsession in earnest, focusing his bloodthirsty desires on his prudish fiancee -- who is not so willing to embrace this new lifestyle. Despite the aforementioned painful attempts at hipness, this film shapes up to be an effective thriller -- perhaps the first to put a psychological spin on the vampire pantheon. Peter Cushing and Patrick Macnee are on hand in very small but effective supporting roles. Released also under the more "trendy" title Incense for the Damned. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast

Alexander Davion
as Tony Seymour
Imogen Hassall
as Chriseis Constandindi
David Lodge
as Colonel
Patrick Macnee
as Maj. Derek Longbow
Patrick Mower
as Richard Fountain
Johnny Sekka
as Bob Kirby
Peter Cushing
as Dr. Walter Goodrich
Edward Woodward
as Dr. Holstrom
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I saw this as a fan of Cushing, and was disappointed, he has an extremely small role. The movie is also very slow and boring, and we don't get to know much about the characters either. And it's supposed to be about vampires, but it's not about them hardly at all.

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