Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)
Time for more Hammer for Hallowe’en Horror Fest. This film sees Christopher Lee star as Dracula in an unusual twist on typical vampire sequels.
Three well-to-do Victorian gentlemen leave their family homes once a month to carry out some charity work in the less desirable parts of town. Although it turns out that they’re actually a group of depraved hedonists, hell bent on enjoying whatever illicit thrills they can. Enter Lord Courtley (Ralph Bates), a society satanist, who encourages the revellers to partake in a gruesome evil ritual. A ritual that involves relics of the vanquished Count – including his powdered blood. The three refuse to drink the blood mixture, and resort to killing Courtley. Once dead, he is regenerated as Dracula, who vows to destroy those who killed his loyal servant.
Taste the Blood of Dracula offers a novel spin on the rejuvenation of Count Dracula. We also see a different plot in that Dracula engineers a revenge against his servant’s enemies and their families. It’s a good idea and executed well in the typical Gothic Hammer fashion. This variation on the normal themes creates a sequel that’s well worth checking out.