Director: Tobe Hooper
Main Stars: Steve Railsback, Mathilda May, Peter Firth, Frank Findlay, Patrick Stewart, Michael Gothard
Storyline: After coming across a strange spacecraft in space and bring the specimens back to England they invade the populace as life sucking vampires.
Review (Spoils): A group float up into space and come across an odd shaped space craft. As they explore, they find some floating bat like creatures frozen in time. To make things worse they come across 3 naked people encased in box like crystals. As all great explorers do, they bring them back to the ship and of course the horror begins.
This film is trapped between a sci-fi and wanting to be a horror film sort of like Aliens but nothing like Aliens. The acting is meh and this film did not age well but the first part of the film was interesting. Once the attractive female vampire was loose out in the public is when the film started to lose it storyline and became a bit scattered.
We have the beautiful naked Mathilda May, lots of eye taunting gazes, space, bat creatures, mind reading, more 1980s blue lighting that one film should have, cool life drained zombie vampires and some running vampire zombies. The film does lack on the blood a bit but did I mention Mathilda May?
Rating: If it was not for the whole naked Mathilda May for pretty much the chunk of the film this may have stunk. She very attractive and her body was well worth watching this film right through as the rest can be a bit of a mess.
Scream Blacula Scream (1973)
Director: Bob Kelljan
Main Stars: William Marshall, Don Mitchell, Pam Grier, Lisa Fortier
Storyline: A voodoo cult has some internal issues so they resurrect Blacula to fix them.
Review (Spoils): Blacula (William Marshall) has returned as an internal disagreement happens in a voodoo cult on who should be the new leader after the elderly woman dies (yes this is the plot). One man is so fit in rage of not being chosen he digs up the bones of Blacula and brings him back to make them pay. Of course, from the get go Blacula bites him and makes him one of his spawn. During which Blacula works his way through the female members of the cult until he has a large grouping of spawns. However yet again Blacula falls in love with one member (Lisa Fortier) and this weakness ends his life again.
Much like the first film of the series, we have bright red blood marks, some smashed windows, some seductive neck biting, some jive talking, pimps, bad Blacula make-up, some cool vampire spawn make-up and a horrible storyline. At least this round Blacula has dropped the growling noises but some of the story if just whacked. A prime example of this is when they discuss the possibility of a vampire existing, while Blacula sits in the room like a normal man but in his black and red cape. (Can’t make this shit up)
Rating: I personally believe this is the last movie of this series and I can see why. This was a bad plot and the film is very laughable. The movie is pretty much the same as the first one except you have some more voodoo involved. The film is not horrible but I was expecting more in this sequel than what I saw. Blacula was okay but I was much more interested in his vampire spawn as the make up on some of the characters was good for its time. This film is still as cult classic as the series holds its own.
Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)
Director: Peter Sasdy
Main Stars: Christopher Lee, Geoffrey Keen, Gwen Watford, Linda Hayden. Peter Sallis, Isla Blair
Storyline: A gentlemen’s club is talked into resurrecting Dracula in trade for the ultimate sin.
Review (Spoils): Three middle-aged men who live life to the fullest are talked into selling their soul and some money to resurrect the prince of darkness himself. During the ceremony, the men back out but the young man who talked them into continues and Dracula is raised from the undead. Dracula takes it upon himself to kill each one of the men off one and one and ruin their lives. During all this, one of men Hargood’s daughter is under a spell of Dracula and is taken under his wing causing torment to the village.
Christopher Lee is back as Dracula yet again and he is outstanding. This time he does have some dialogue but nothing huge. We have the cape, red eyes, bright red blood, some biting, some glowing crosses; some great devil worship alters and because it is a Hammer Film some flowing bosoms. The storyline is actually decent and different then the other tales and we have the lovely Linda Hayden and Isla Blair gracing the screen. The only issue with the film is ending as it ended quickly without a long-winded battle that Dracula deserves.
Rating: I personally enjoyed this film even though it did have some plot flaws. We have some enjoyable views of the women that are overtaken by the prince of darkness and I honestly think Christopher Lee was the greatest Dracula. Someday I would love to sit and watch them all in order to get the full effect of the Hammer Dracula films.
The Return of Dracula (1958)
Director: Paul Landres
Main Stars: Francis Lederer, Norma Eberhardt, Ray Stricklyn, Virginia Vincent
Storyline: Dracula over takes a persons identity and moves to America posing as a far away cousin.
Review (Spoils): Count Dracula kills a passenger that just happened to sit in the wrong box on a train and takes over his identity. He travels to California where he plays the part of an artist who is a far way cousin of the Mayberrys. He acts funny and very distant and this attracts the young Rachel to him. The long-term plan of Dracula is to draw young Rachel to become his love in the new undead life.
I was not expecting much from this film as there are so many Dracula knock offs that I was waiting for the worse. We have Francis Lederer playing the wide-eyed Dracula and at first, I was saying to myself this is going to be bad. I was wrong! Francis Lederer took the regular Dracula and made it his own. We have a dark and mysterious man who just happens to be undead. He does not play the vampire part as much as he plays just the creepy man. The cute Norma Eberhardt plays the flirty and wants to move out of the countryside to the big city chasing him like a little lost puppy. Which causing conflict with her boyfriend and Dracula himself. The film is a very different take of the Dracula story.
The film gives us love, staring eyes, white dogs, a dead cat, some blood, a gory ending to Dracula, some fog, nasty neck bites, annoying young boy and undead girlfriends. It is Dracula in the countryside!
Rating: Not a bad film at all for a Dracula film. I personally will mark this up as a need to see at least once vampire film. Francis Lederer surprised the hell of my playing the part of the lead vampire and the ending scene is a nice bloody death scene that you do not want to miss.
Director: William Crain
Main Stars: William Marshall, Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicolas
Storyline: An African prince get cursed by Dracula and comes back from the dead to LA during the 70s.
Review (Spoils): Manuwalde (William Marshall) is an Africa Prince and after his visit with Count Dracula goes wrong, he is killed and cursed by the vampire to come back to life as the undead. Even Dracula names him under the curse Blacula. Time shifts to 1972 in LA, the coffin is transported there, and when opened by two men they unleased the evil inside. Blacula roams around biting people and stalking women until he runs into Tina in which he falls in love with but unfortunately, her friends hunt him down.
Not as Blaxploitation as I thought it would be (except the title of course), this film was an okay ride. We have groovy music, growling vampires, giant bat, some decent make-up, fangs, red blood, a solid storyline and even a love story. Some of the actual downfall of the film was the growling of Blacula (seemed a bit more bestial than vampire) and the voice of William Marshall as it came off that he was trying to sound like Christopher Lee.
Rating: This film was not as bad as I thought it would be and I can see why it has a cult following. The acting from both female leads was solid and Blacula is memorable character. I love the fact that nobody was shocked or taken away from a groovy dude in a cape checking out the local bar scene and that women found him attractive. There is a ton of 70s lingo that makes this film also enjoyable when your going through the motions.
Vampyros Lesbos (1971)
Director: Jesus Franco
Main Stars: Soledad Miranda, Dennis Price, Paul Muller, Ewa Stromberg
Storyline: A tale a young woman and her interest in the countess of seduction.
Review (Spoils): Linda (Ewa Stromberg ) has erotic dreams with about a strange woman so her doctor suggests her to start to explore this. She gets an estate run by Countess Nadine Oskudar (Soledad Miranda) which just so happens to be owned at one time by Count Dracula. The countess then attacks Linda and since that moment she starts to be treated for being insane. So the ex boyfriend of Linda and some vampire experts head out to put an end to the Countess.
This film is basically some weird dreams, some sexual lesbian erotic stuff and limited neck biting of red goop on blood. Nothing over the top gory or nothing shocking except maybe the display of art in the film. The plot line is pretty basic and nothing is really over the top entertaining. We have the beautiful Soledad Miranda parading around in stocking and dancing and biting necks.
Rating: This movie actually can be pretty boring and I even have the uncut version. I’m not sure why but I was expecting a lot more out of this film. I’m giving this a low rating as it is not recommending for everyone but it will get basic stars because we have Soledad Miranda roaming around in sexy stocking through the film and that is worth something.
Director: George A. Romero
Main Stars: John Amplas, Lincoln Maazel, Christine Forrest, Tom Savini, Elyane Nadeau
Storyline: A young man believes that he is an actual vampire and tries to deal with the cravings.
Review (Spoils): Martin (John Ampla) is a messed up young man who drugs women, has sex with them and then drinks their blood by using a razor blade to cut them open. He believes that he is actual a vampire and needs to drink blood to survive. Martin gets taken in by a long lost uncle named Tata Cuda (Lincoln Maazel) who believes him and can save his soul. But at the same time Tata has a young girl named Christina (Christine Forrest) living with them and has told her to stay away from him. Of course Christina and Martin build a connection as the young man battles the inner demon of possibly being a vampire or just one messed up kid.
This film is very straight forward and an interesting take on vampires or possibly someone who thinks they are. We have some character build in the film and even some nasty scenes that can be unsettling. Razor blades, unsettling sex scenes, blood, some beatings and the final scene of movie. We have a strong script and the tale is dark and it reminds me a bit of such films as Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.
Rating: This is not your average vampire film at all because you do not know if he ever really was one or just a mad killer. George A. Romero took what he did for zombies and made a classic vampire film. I personally think is this is a must see for any kind of horror fan as it screams as an unknown dark classic.
Check this one out!
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