Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

Mike / October 12th, 2011


  • October 12, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Great vid, very educational as always.

    A couple of ‘complains’ in relation to previous years rallies:
    – I like it better when you improvise the “It’s Cinemassacre Monster Madness” intro, and not use the same every day
    – I really enjoyed last year intro’s you made for some of the movies where you were sitting down on a set, please bring it back for next year

    Overall, awesome year. Thank you!

  • Grapetoast

    October 12, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Very informative and awesome as usual. Can’t wait until the next series.

  • Mr. Arkadin

    October 12, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Check out the original Andromeda Strain for an even more bizarre choice for a G rating.

  • Rodrigo Esparza

    October 12, 2011 at 1:08 am

    James, thank you very much for this series you make each October. From Mexico, a big fan of old/new horror movies, this reviews are the shit. 😀 (also thank you motherfucker Mike, you’re awesome as well!)

  • eyeofodin

    October 12, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Taste The Balls of Dracula

  • rigby127

    October 12, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Dracula is way cooler than Frankenstein’s monster

  • Vunjak

    October 12, 2011 at 1:41 am

    I bought this a few years ago on a 3 dollar dvd that also came with The Curse of Frankenstein (1957). I wasn’t too impressed with the ending to this movie either, and when I actually bought the dvd to watch Taste the Blood of Dracula, but I actually ended up liking The Curse of Frankenstein a whole lot more.

    I’ll probably pick up that 4 pack dvd that you have if I can find it online. Good review though and I can’t wait for tomorrows video!

  • RememberTomorrow

    October 12, 2011 at 1:50 am

    The Monster Madness-series are simply amazing!

    The line “You drink then! You drink this filth!” was used in the AVGN-episode Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle, wasn’t it?

  • BaronOfStuff

    October 12, 2011 at 2:07 am

    I saw this one on TV a while back. I was really enjoying it from the start, literally right to the end… hugely disappointing way to finish a film, and an incredibly cheap way to kill Dracula. No fight, no chase, nothing.

  • TVthePunisher

    October 12, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Personally the whole servant becoming Dracula thing reminded me of Castlevania: Curse of Darkness. In that game (to avoid spoilers), near the end one of his servants actually ends up being used as a vessel of sorts and Dracula is born from his body. Though it’s been awhile since I played the game, I think it wasn’t really the servant’s will…in fact, I think it was after the boss fight with them that they were somewhat unwillingly made into the vessel.

    Regardless, great review as always. I hope to somehow get to see some of these films, I’d love for them to be on Netflix instant watch but they aren’t =/ just the original 1930’s Dracula and Nosferatu, then The Wolf Man.

  • October 12, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Come on James, I would think a film buff like you would know that PG-13 DIDN’T EXIST back then! It wasn’t created until 1984 when Gremlins and Temple of Doom came out!

    So, that G film really should be rated PG. If you look, TONS of stuff that was rated PG back then would be rated PG-13 or even R today, simply because PG-13 didn’t exist yet. Look at Mel Brooks films, or the Star Wars trilogy. Heck the one classic Romeo and Juliet film shows her breasts full on for a good length of time and it’s PG.

  • October 12, 2011 at 2:29 am

    There are even PG films from back in the pre-pg13 days that drop the F bomb.

  • October 12, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Dracula was rated G because it had violence yet no nudity or strong language, as was the mandates for a G rating back in 1968.

    Back in 1968, a G rating was very different than what’s common today when we think of a G rating we think of Lion King, an animated film or one that’s aimed at kids only, well back then in 68 a G rating was for general audiences meaning any person big or small young or old could view this picture well this is pretty much the same as it is today right?

    Well yes and no. Yes because all content was deemed suitable by the ratings board for parents to take their child to see any picture that rating was slapped on. However it’s a no because since there was no PG rating the G rating also allowed content from films that should have been rated PG. Yet some more intense visuals too much for G meant that a new rating had to be issued. That’s where M comes in before PG there was M. Meant for Mature audiences yet all ages could be admitted with parental discrestion.

    Lastly we had R the restricted label created to rate movies with strong language and nudity. There arose a problem Parents were confused about the M rating because of it’s Mature label and had no clue as to which label had more graphic content, so the PG label was created. Originally as GP it would succeed M and the ratings became known as G, PG, R.

    When the parents against violence movement heated up in the 80’s any type of graphic violence could no longer have a G rating to films released in that time period, so those films would be branded a PG and later PG-13 beginning in 1984-1985

  • Floyd1989

    October 12, 2011 at 4:29 am

    Speaking of bullshit ratings, how come you have to slap the censor bar on whenever there’s even a hint of nudity? You are free to show all the blood and gore in the world, but god forbid there’s a nip slip at any point. This is something that has been bothering me with Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness from the beginning. It makes absolutely no fucking sense whatsoever. And it makes no sense for the AVGN to fall in line with this bullshit. Is there some authority compelling you to do this, James? If not, I think you should reconsider, seeing as how you audience does not consist of the squeamish Americans that think boobs are the Devil.

  • Firefrog

    October 12, 2011 at 4:41 am

    Is it only me or does Motherfucker Mike look a bit like Ralph Bates?

  • October 12, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Yeah they didn’t kill his servant, they destroyed him. Was he a robot?

  • horrorfanboy

    October 12, 2011 at 7:41 am

    For those wondering the titles of the movies in the intro, here they are.
    I only recognize the first two.
    Microwave Massacre (1983)
    Tenebre (1982)

  • kevenz

    October 12, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I think he can’t show a nipple in his videos otherwise he’ll have to put a you have to be 18 to enter this site bullshit or something like that.

  • Allen Lucas

    October 12, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Hey James, here’s some interesting trivia you forgot to put in this video.

    Originally, Hammer wanted this film to be a Dracula film in-name-only by having Ralph Bates play Dracula after Lord Courtley dies from drinking the blood. However, Warner Bros. refused the idea and wanted Christopher Lee back in the Dracula role.

    Fortunately, Bates went on to star in other Hammer horror films like Horror of Frankenstein, Fear in the Night, and my personal favorite Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde.

  • October 12, 2011 at 8:40 am

    More trivia: The man in brown is Peter Sallis, otherwise known to old-ass Brits as Clegg from Last of the Summer Wine, and to others as the voice of Wallace (as in Wallace and Gromit).

  • TheAceofSpadez

    October 12, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Lmfao even on Monster Madness James makes a Simon’s Quest reference. Anyway, great episode as always. Can’t wait till tomorrow!

  • polterghost

    October 12, 2011 at 10:17 am

    This make sense. Those 3 guys refused to drink the blood so the servant had to sacrifice instead.

  • LastOrders

    October 12, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Its obvious its the boob shot that change its rating from a G to a R. Its like if you have a video on Blip you have to black box any nudity for adverts, but extreme violence is ok.

  • October 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Obviously I know there was no PG-13 rating back then. The mpaa rating system was still very new. I was saying IF it were retroactively rated for home video, Pg-13 would make more sense.

    Also here we go again with the nudity. Once you show that it borderlines on “adult site” which may affect our relationship with our advertisers. If you want to see the nudity that bad, go watch the movie.

  • wtfisyoda6913

    October 12, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I fucking love monster madness!!! Wait does that mean that if they were all to drink Dracula’s blood they would all transform into Dracula and there would be 4 Draculas?! wow that would have been awesome! Or if they would all transform into one being or one giant dracula! It would have made for a better ending.

  • Mellowtrauma

    October 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    In my observation, it seems like James prefers the Universal’s Frankenstein series over Hammer’s Dracula.

    The reviews on Frankenstein were running on average about eight minutes, where as with Dracula, we’re only seeing five minute reviews. Not complaining, it’s just something I spotted.
    I also think it’s due to the fact that with Frankenstein, those movies are so story driven that you have to break down and dissect everything that’s going on.

    We shouldn’t complain about any sort of censoring that happens on the site, I mean, it happens, very rarely and it does nothing to take away from the fun of watching these videos. It’s all about respect, because without it, we wouldn’t have a site to come to and enjoy.

  • Aristotelles

    October 12, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Another great review, keep up the good work! 🙂

  • October 12, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I think the ratings for Dracula Has Risen From the Grave never changed because in order to change the rating the film has to be resubmitted to the MPAA. I don’t think Warner ever did this with any of it’s Hammer properties, so the ratings are the same as they were in 1968.

    Another most important thing that I left out was the reason behind the ratings board. Beginning in the 1960’s films released in the US began to show a great emphasis on sex. The MPAA felt that the Hays code was out of date, so they instumented the ratings board. The original ratings were G, M, R, and though not officially an MPAA stamp there was X.

    G was given to films intended for family viewing and usually included one or two of the following violence, mild language, and in some rare cases gore, and nudity. Though the nudity was not in a sexual manner, ex The andromeda Strain.

    M later PG was given with films of the same content except the nudity could be used in a sexual manner as well. Also any film with sexual content in general recieved a PG. One example would be the Bond films, mild language violence and sexual content.

    R was for everything that used harsh language if a film had an F bomb usually more than 4 times you got an R rating if a film had gratuitous nudity shots an R rating. Once again the violence wasn’t so much in question, unless it was gratuitous such as in modern shock horror films and gangster films.

    It’s confusing when you look at the deep history of the ratings board of the MPAA. Most films that carried a G rating should have not been able to carry one. In 1968 the MPAA ratings boardmembers were clearly more interested in harsher ratings for films with sex and cursing than with gruesome violence. A prime example would be Dracula Has Risen from the Grave. The board would rather G rate such gore, but a tit shot would have got their attention for a stronger rating.

  • October 12, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    The beginning looks awesome

  • October 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    ok, now that REALLY doesn’t make any sense. “blood of Dracula”? “Dracula’s Blood” ? isn’t the whole point of a vampire is that they suck SOMEONE ELSE’S blood!? why would Dracula need to suck someone else’s blood if HE ALREADY HAS HIS OWN RIGHT IN HIS OWN BODY????????? I always assumed that the entire reason vampires needed to get blood from other people was because they didn’t have any in their own body, their body didn’t develop it so they needed it form an outside source. a vampire who has his/her own blood makes absolutely no fucking sense.

    also, thank you very much James for agreeing with me and pointing out why the whole “Christianity-weakness” makes no sense and is stupid.

  • October 12, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Ralph Bates looks a lot like MotherFucker Mike

  • Firewall_Philip_Hanan

    October 12, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I just saw a 75th anniversary edition of Frankenstein and a 75th anniversary edition of Dracula today at my local Meijer. $19.95 seems like a lot for classics you can see free on Youtube, but knowing how much you enjoy the films, I thought you might want to look for them and do a review and explain if that price is worth it or not, though Amazon seels them for both less and more money.

  • lotusclown

    October 12, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    am i the only one really irritated that you have to sit through these stupid ad’s everytime u wanna watch a vid? and theres no way to skip them.. whats the deal with this? its fucking annoying! if i wanna watch commercials i’ll watch tv..

  • edogawa

    October 12, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Okay, so one guy drinks the blood of Dracula, and then he ends up turning into Dracula. What would have happened if they had stuck to the original plan and they all drank the blood? Would Dracula have assembled from all their bodies like Voltron?

  • culwin

    October 12, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    awesome as always

  • cheseeh

    October 12, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    i wonder if ralph bates has a brother named norman

  • October 12, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Was half expecting the Nerd to pop in and say something like “more like ‘Taste the Shit of Dracula!'”

    Awesome reviews. Your Monster Madness vids always get me psyched for Halloween :D.

  • October 12, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    I just finished watching this one tonight. Pretty good. =) I wish the review was longer, though.

    Mark Moore

    I, Carly
    a post-DOTM Transformers movieverse fanfic

  • Mariusz69

    October 12, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    That little girl screaming in the intro is from the giant ant movie “Them!(1954).”

  • captveg

    October 13, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Filmratings.com shows that the original rating in 1970 was “GP” (the rating that became PG in 1972). It got re-rated R in 2004.

  • Doug

    October 13, 2011 at 9:29 am

    i’m pretty sure it’s the nudity that accounts for the bipolar ratings. the MPAA is and has always been a LOT more sensitive about T&A than Blood and Gore. it’s stupid, but that’s how it is.
    on that note, i MUST track down this two-pack. i don’t have these two anyway and the sheer WTF factor of having a G-rated movie and an R-rated one in the same set is awesome.

  • semontrax

    October 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    GnR: Appetite for Destruction

  • GoldenFrog

    October 13, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Too bad this one went downhill from such a good beginning.
    Agreed that Dracula’s death is horrible, although when he decays, it looks cool. Its WAY better than falling in freezing water, that shows no effort or special effects.

  • Borednerd

    October 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Anyone else notice Peter Sallis, voice of Wallace from Wallace and Gromit?

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Maybe Dracula wanted revenge because they insulted him by refusing to drink his blood?! 😀

    And yeah… the way he dies in that one does seem pretty silly.

  • Wes

    October 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Just wanted to point out that there was no PG-13 in those days. That didnt start in until later. If I rememeber right Raiders of the lost ark was the first PG-13 movie.

  • Darthleather

    October 15, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Whenever somebody offers me a drink, I say “You drink it! You drink the filth!”.

  • Chetel

    October 20, 2011 at 6:02 am

    As always a great review!
    I just have one small suggestion..

    Stop censoring boobies! ! ! Thank you 😀

  • podok

    October 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Ok…I know this is a little off topic…but…the commercial vid that came on before this video (for me), was a snippet of some dude talking about how playing batman for him was a blast, and how he grew up watching Adam West and all that….then the video cuts and goes into the “Taste the Blood of Dracula” review. What the hell was that about?! When did this guy play Batman…who the fuck is he…in what medium was he portraying Batman…and why the hell did they shorten the interview so much that I couldn’t answer any of these questions myself. It was BAM! interview…then BAM! James’s video…..no ad about anything in between….just randomness. What the hell?

  • October 20, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Ugh, Lee has such a cool voice, too!

  • October 23, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Like many other movies and cartoon series they realy fucked up the whole series by rereleasing and remastered some of those clasics.It is so freaking dificult to take one single company and by claiming the rights with the law to to release all those films in one single cool collection? What am i saying no ofcourse they will never do it,they have been so comfuze by the many companies that they have release dracula,mummy,frankenstein and they cannot achieve this.Lets not go to far a simple and easy example is that they have never release even fright night in a special edition,how could we dare to ask for such a thing! I even have bought the 21 discs collection by hammer but they include very few of those dracula films,and this is because of the diferent companies that have produced all those clasics.

  • Jannak

    October 23, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Floyd1989 I think you shouldn’t blame James for censorship, it’s actually Blip.tv’s policies that you should blame.

    @ James why not upload uncensored versions of your videos at the Dailymotion or just embed them in a quicktime player like you used to do? Otherwise what’s the point of showing those scenes even the films themselves if you can’t show it?

  • Biruka

    October 25, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Little trivia to animation fans: One of the three men is played by Peter Sallis better known as voice of Wallace in Wallace & Gromit.

  • November 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    By the mid-60’s Hammer was already on the map and took note of that. They did their movies as quick as possible with the exact same people to make the money they could. They often did four films and the two pairs would have their own sets. So that would mean two movies were produced with the same sets. Then the four films got re-arranged into different double bills so nobody would notice.

    A made up example:

    Original Shooting:
    The Reptile & Dracula: Prince of Darkness
    Frankenstein Must be Destroyed & Blood From the Mummy’s Tomb

    The Reptile & Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb
    Frankenstein Must be Destroyed & Dracula: Prince of Darkness.

    They were also awarded in 1968 for basically shooting a ton of steroids into the British Economy. So they were all focused on money, and even if the films of mid-60’s to late 70’s by Hammer have good things in them; they turn out lazy, sloppy, rushed and a mess.

    That’s my opinion anyways.

  • Yushatak

    January 2, 2012 at 10:31 am


  • cordawgfrito

    February 29, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    PG-13 didn’t exist until 1985.  The rating system before that was just G, PG, R, and X.  PG-13 was established in 1985 as a middle ground between PG and R and X was abandoned  in the early 90s when NC-17 was introduced so it makes sense that it would not have been rated PG-13 but makes no sense that it was rated G.  Based on the rating system of the era it should have been PG at least. 

    • captveg

      April 7, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      cordawgfrito “Based on the rating system of the era it should have been PG at least.”

      This film WAS rated PG (technically “GP”) in 1970. It was resubmitted for rating in 2004 and that is when it got the current R rating.

  • caitseith

    October 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    It would had been cool if you had put again the selling scene again with the message: YOU NOW PROSSESS DRACULA’S BLOOD, CAPE AND RING.

  • penpan

    May 19, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    great review, I love Christopher Lee

  • Sean Ewing

    January 14, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Was that Mike doing the voice of Count Von Count?

  • September 17, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Movies in intro-
    Microwave Massacre

  • Sean Ewing

    October 7, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    That blood is such a bright red that it looks more like a cherry-flavored syrup of some sort. In fact, I bet that’s what it actually was.

    • Sean Ewing

      October 7, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      After all, weren’t there some black-and-white movies which used chocolate syrup as blood?

  • December 31, 2015 at 4:36 am

    the MPAA remains a living joke to this day, they admit they had no clue what they were doing back then, and continue to ruin movies even up until today… ASSHOLES, it’s like no one knows how to conduct themselves with others. Dumb-Shits!

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