The Scars Of Dracula

  • 1970
  • Movie
  • R
  • Horror

Arguably the worst of the Hammer "Dracula" films featuring Christopher Lee, THE SCARS OF DRACULA is marred by a lousy script, bad acting, some shockingly gratuitous violence, and laughably inept special effects. Plundering some nuggets from the original Bram Stoker novel, this film opens with a rather silly resurrection scene--a huge bat drools blood on...read more

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Arguably the worst of the Hammer "Dracula" films featuring Christopher Lee, THE SCARS OF DRACULA is marred by a lousy script, bad acting, some shockingly gratuitous violence, and laughably inept special effects. Plundering some nuggets from the original Bram Stoker novel, this film opens

with a rather silly resurrection scene--a huge bat drools blood on Dracula's ashes--and then follows a callow young man named Paul (Christopher Matthews) who wanders into Dracula's castle and is asked to stay the night by the Count himself. That night, Dracula's mistress, Tania (Anoushka Hempel),

climbs into bed with Paul. When he awakens the following morning, he is shocked to find Dracula stabbing the girl to death. Meanwhile, Paul's girl friend, Sarah (Jenny Hanley), and his brother, Simon (Dennis Waterman), trace Paul to the castle. Although Dracula denies having seen the young man, he

invites the two to spend the night. Foolishly, Dracula's crippled servant Klove (Patrick Troughton) advises Simon to take Sarah and flee. Simon stashes Sarah in a nearby church for safekeeping and returns to find Paul, who has been horribly mutilated by the Count. Back at the church, a horde of

vicious bats (actually, silly-looking rubber bats on strings) attack the parish priest (Michael Gwynn), killing him. Sarah runs back to the castle just in time for the violent climax. Loaded with more sex and violence than the previous four films put together, THE SCARS OF DRACULA is a dreadful

film, though somewhat redeemed by the fact that Lee is given more screen time and dialog than any other film in the series. For some reason, with both the Hammer "Frankenstein" and "Dracula" series, only the best (CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN; HORROR OF DRACULA) and worst (THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN; SCARS

OF DRACULA) entries are available thus far on home video.

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