Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

There are a few good touches to this fifth entry in the Hammer Dracula series, like the pulsing zooms of the camera imitating a heartbeat when Dracula is resurrected, but it’s largely a pretty stale affair. The premise isn’t bad, a kind of scathing attack on the hypocrisy and frivolity of debauched men who posit themselves as pure and respectable, but engage in all sorts of sin behind the backs of their families. But it quickly reverts to a more typical Dracula revenge story, and feels kind of backward when in a film with such a damsel in distress story at the centre of it. The points about the hypocritical three men that Dracula hunts would make more sense if the film didn’t spend so much time on a cliched youthful relationship. One of the better concepts in this series, but realised much the same as the others. Two and a half vials of blood, and a writhing snake.

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