main arc viewing 5 “TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA”
Nice editing makes this cleverly start during the great giant cross demise of Dracula from the previous film.
A messy production by all accounts, with #HammerFilms
unsure what to do with the wonderful #RalphBates.
Luckily, this ‘Tempter’ Bates/Hellfire Club subplot is interesting & entertaining so (unlike “Prince of Darkness”) we have eventful & fun stuff to watch until Drac eventually pops up. .
A top cast of villains, #PeterSallis
a LONG way from “Wallace & Gromit” here!), some salaciousness (the 1st nudity in a #Hammer
#Dracula film), & a delicious turn by Bates are all very welcome.
As is the unlikely high camp Pimp performance by the wonderful #RussellHunter.
Dracula is more of a ‘behind the scenes Puppet Master menace’...but at least he is a menace, & a threat, who actually does something...unlike the ineffectual wuss he was in much of “Prince” & “Risen from the Grave”.
But after the 1st film Hammer (RIDICULOUSLY) didn’t know how to use Dracula...or Lee!
& #LindaHayden are the pretty icing on top of an underrated film.
It’s not a (slightly flawed) classic like the 1st “Dracula” of course (too little Drac, too much romantic poncing) but it’s the most entertaining Dracula sequel to this point....and you can’t beat those huge red resurrection eyes!