Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Blood of Dracula's Castle (1969)

A couple returns to their inherited mansion to find that it is currently inhabited by a couple of bourgeoisie vampires who have been kidnapping wary (and curvaceous) young travelers while harvesting their blood in their basement dungeon. Complete with John Carradine as a maniacal butler, an oafish assistant, and a few dingy sets, the film aspires to reach the same scale as the Universal pictures, but falls flat on every level. Due to obvious budgetary constraints, many exterior scenes are shot without sound and stretch on for inexcusable amounts of time. None of the characters are fully fleshed out or realized as they meander through this boring and formulaic vampire plot. The only interesting aspect of the film is that the victims' blood is extracted by syringe as they are kept alive in the basement, rather than being bitten or drained completely of their blood as in so many other similarly themed pictures. With no true horror, no suspense, and no special FX, the film proves to be another forgettable vamp flick doomed to public domain hell.

Rating: 4/10.
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2 comments:

  1. A 4? Wow, how generous of you. This movie made me want to punch something. I have nothing to add because I erased this movie from my memory. Can't wait to hear what you thought of Blood Mania.

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  2. Dont forget that a 4 in my book is an F-, but despite the obvious budgetary flaws I thought the acting and directing was as good as could be afforded even if the film was an overall miss. A 3 has to go to extreme lengths at sucking, mostly due to carelessness.

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