Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)




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One of the more accomplished entries in Hammer's Dracula series (which would soon lapse into creative anemia during the 1970s), this fourth installment finds Christopher Lee in top form as the Count, who returns to menacing life after three middle-aged swingers decide to dabble in black magic to bolster their sagging sex lives. Dracula is reborn when the trio's blood-drinking rituals lead to the destruction of his devil-worshipping colleague Lord Courtley (Ralph Bates), whereupon the Count unleashes his deadly wrath on those responsible, even involving members of their families in his scheme of revenge, which culminates in a dramatic finale in a recently reconstructed cathedral. Fine direction from Hammer regular Peter Sasdy enlivens a middling script, and an early appearance from the lovely Linda Hayden (later to star in the eerie Blood on Satan's Claw) is a definite plus. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi
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Geoffrey Keen
as William Hargood
Gwen Watford
as Martha Hargood
Linda Hayden
as Alice Hargood
Peter Sallis
as Samuel Paxton
Anthony Corlan
as Paul Paxton
Isla Blair
as Lucy Paxton
Martin Jarvis
as Jeremy Secker
Ralph Bates
as Lord Courtley
Roy Kinnear
as Weller
Shirley Jaffe
as Hargood's Maid
Keith Marsh
as Father
Liu Lai Ling
as Chinese Girl
Malaika Martin
as Snake Girl
John Carson
as Jonathan Secker
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Critic Reviews for Taste the Blood of Dracula

All Critics (12)

A strong cast and some interesting relationships make this a worthwhile entry, although the denouement is lamentably laughable.

Full Review… | October 10, 2015
Creative Loafing

Thematically intriguing %u2014 a sort of broadside attack on Victorian hypocrisy.

Full Review… | November 25, 2008

The strangest and most confused of the Dracula films up to that point, and the first of Hammer's vampire films where the bad elements seriously threaten to outnumber the good.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Antagony & Ecstasy

Given the lack of Lee screen time, 'Taste' is actually a pretty damn good Hammer film, with a strong story, the usual stock of excellent actors, great costumes, etc.

Full Review… | June 18, 2008

Is this Dracula 4 or 5 for Christopher Lee? No matter for his fans, it's never enough.

March 8, 2008

Drink the blood of the Master!

November 23, 2007

Audience Reviews for Taste the Blood of Dracula


It's a typical Hammer film, filled with great gothic set deign and art direction, cleavage (and a bit of actual boobs), and of course some blood and gore, all strung together by a lurid and ridiculous plot. Picking up where its predecessor Dracula Has Risen From the Grave left off, the ending of that film is slightly retconned so as to have Dracula's demise witnessed by a guy travelling through the countryside who decides to take the Count's cloak, dried blood, and ring. Later on, that guy, Weller, sells Dracula's things to three bored wealthy English gentlemen with an interest in the occult, and, after drinking some of Dracula's blood, the three guys beat Weller and leave him for dead. He transforms into Dracula, who, upset over his servant being killed, seeks revenge on the three men. This is a nutty plot, but it does have some neat ideas. Unfortunately, the technical apects and the ideas can't ave a film if the execution is boring and subpar. I liked individual moments, but overall found this to be a bore. Heck, Dracula is barely in it, and Lee says mayeb 10 words the whole time. Of course, since he's Lee, he's got a commanding presence, even though he rarely speaks. He's a high point, and it's a hame he's got limited screentime. You can't say that Hammer made uninteresting films, that's for sure. It's just a bummer that they weren't always very competantly made or as entertaining as they should have been, which is definitely the case here.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

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A Hammer Films Production thats is over the top, With Christopher Lee who said maybe 10 words during the whole movie, but still one of the best vampire movies of the seventies I have seen, And Linda Hayden put herself over the top as a beautiful women of the seventies. A 4 star film with a good story line.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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Just like all the other Dracula movies from Hammer starring Lee. Lee is a great Dracula, but I always wish we could see more of him in the movies, including this one. The story is somewhat similar to Stoker's original story, but not as good. This movie is really predictable and kinda stupid, but it's okay.

Aj V
Aj V

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