TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA (1970 U.K.) D: PETER SASDY W: "JOHN ELDER" (ANTHONY HINDS) P: AIDA YOUNG
Fourth in the Hammer Christopher Lee Dracula series is the first to take a cynical (realistic) view of it's period England setting, but is also the first low quality entry in the series. Roy Kinnear is a salesman who sees Dracula die (impaled on a crucifix like the end of DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE) and sells the blood to black magic worshipping upstart Ralph Bates and a group of rich, corrupt aristocrats out for kicks. When they turn on Bates and kick him to death, the ressurected Lee takes revenge via the aristocrats' kids. With Geoffrey Keen, Michael Ripper (of course), Linda Hayden, Anthony Higgins and June Palmer as a prostitute. The next in this series was DRACULA A.D. 1972, but Lee returned first in the out-of-series THE SCARS OF DRACULA.

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