1969 Taste the Blood of Dracula

 Taste the Blood of Dracula - 1969

A Hammer Film production released through Warner-Pathe Dimibutors Limited (UK) and Warner-Seven Arts (USA)

Copyright MCMLXIX Hammer Film Productions limited - All rights reserved

MPAA Approved Certificate No. 22364

The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character, or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional

RCA Sound Recording

Produced at ttle Elstree Studios of Associated British Productions Ltd, Hertfordshire, England

Technicolor 95 mins


The film opens with a prologue in which shady salesman Weller witnesses the destruction of Dracula (as shown in "Dracula has Risen from the Grave") and collects the vampire's blood. The action then moves to seemingly respectable Victorian England, where pillars of society William Hargood, Samuel Paxton and Jonathan Secker travel to London, a journey they make every month ostensibly to do charity work with the poor. However, the real reason for the trip is to indulge in sex orgies at a brothel run by the seedy Felix, who introduces them to the debauched Lord Courtley. Challenging them to plumb even lower depths of depravity, Courtley takes them to Weller's shop and persuades them to buy Dracula's blood for use in a sickening Satanic Black Mass ritual.....

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Art Director Scott MacGregor
Editor Chris Barnes
Production Manager Christopher Sutton
Assistant Director Derek Whitehurst
Sound Recordist Ron Barron
Sound Editor Roy Hyde
Continuity Geraldine Lawton
Make-up Supervisor Gerry Fletcher
Hairdressing Supervisor Mary Bredin
Wardrobe Master Bruno Owen-Smith
Special Effects Brian Johncock
Dubbing Mixer Dennis Whitlock
Recording Supervisor Tony Lumkin
Construction Manager Arthur Banks
Director of Photography Arthur Grant, BSc
Music Composed by James Bernard
Musical Supervisor Philip Martell
Screenplay by John Elder
Based on the character created by Bram Stoker
Produced by Aida Young
Directed by Peter Sasdy


Count Dracula Christopher Lee
William Hargood
Geoffrey Keen
Gwen Watford
Alice Hargood
Linda Hayden
Samuel Paxton
Peter Sallis
Lucy Paxton
Isla Blair
Jonathan Secker
John Carson
Jeremy Secker
Martin Jarvis
Paul Paxton
Anthony Corlan
Lord Courtley
Ralph Bates
Roy Kinnear
Shirley Jaffe
Michael Ripper
Russell Hunter
Keith Marsh
Peter May
Reginald Barrett
Maddy Smith
Chinese Girl
Lai Ling
Snake Girl
Malaika Martin


The American distributor would not accept Hammer's original idea to have a Dracula film without Dracula and it took quite a lot of persuasion to convince Christopher Lee to resurrect a character with which he was becoming increasingly disenchanted.
This was the first of three films directed for Hammer by Hungarian Peter Sasdy, the others being "Countess Dracula" (1970) and "Hands of the Ripper" (1971). For Christopher Lee's Charlemagne company, he also directed "Nothing but the Night" (1972, starring Lee and Peter Cushing). 
This was also the first Hammer film for actor Ralph Bates, who later appeared for them again in "The Horror of Frankenstein" (1970), "Lust for a Vampire" (1970), "Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde" (1971) and "Fear in the Night" (1972). He later starred in BBC TV's sitcom "Dear John", before his premature death in 1991. He was married to actress Virginia Wetherell, who appears in Hammer's "Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde" and "Demons of the Mind" (both 1971). 
Linda Hayden enjoyed a short career in horror films and also appeared in Tigon's "Blood on Satan's Claw" (1970) and the American International/Amicus co-production "Madhouse" (1974, starring Peter Cushing and Vincent Price).

Details were complied viewing the actual film. 
Source of viewing copy - The Hammer Graveyard Collection