In 17th-century Hungary, elderly widow Countess Elisabeth Nádasdy maintains her misleading youthful appearance by bathing in the blood of virgins regularly supplied to her by faithful servant Captain Dobi.
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As the plague sweeps the countryside, a quarantined village is visited by a mysterious traveling circus. Soon, young children begin to disappear, and the locals suspect the circus troupe might be hiding a horrifying secret.
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Peter Graham Scott
A young man, Paul Carlson, is on a trip and spends the night at Count Dracula's castle. He is murdered. After some time has passed, the young man's brother Simon comes to the small town ... See full summary »
Roy Ward Baker
The infant daughter of Jack the Ripper is witness to the brutal murder of her mother by her father. Fifteen years later she is a troubled young woman who is seemingly possessed by the spirit of her father. While in a trance she continues his murderous killing spree but has no recollection of the events afterwards. A sympathetic psychiatrist takes her in and is convinced he can cure her condition. Soon, however, he regrets his decision.Written by
Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>
A wounded Pritchard (Eric Porter) is in a hansom cab with Michael (Keith Bell) on their way to St Pauls Cathedral. In all the shots Pritchard is sat on the right and Michael on the left until the last shot when there positions have been reversed. See more »
Damn it Pritchard you've got a possessed being in your home, as savage as any wild beast.
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The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to remove a closeup of a hat-pin in a woman's eye. The cut was restored in the 1986 video and in all later releases. See more »
This is one of four Peter Sasdy films shown on local TV in the early 1980s when we still owned a black-and-white set and I was too young to be allowed to see them! Over the years, I managed to catch up with three of them: the film under review itself while in London in September 2002, TASTE THE BLOOD OF Dracula (1970) fairly recently on DivX and NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT (1972) just last week on DVD-R; the only one still eluding me is, reportedly, also the weakest of the bunch, I DON'T WANT TO BE BORN aka MONSTER (1975)
This is arguably Sasdy's best work for Hammer and I guess overall, too; similarly, Eric Porter's excellent performance is very underrated and among the best given in the studio's entire output. The film contains two very well-directed sequences: the slow build-up to the revelation of the first murder and the very last scene featuring the fatal leap off the balcony at the Whispering Corridors. The sleazy MP character (Derek Godfrey) and the opportunistic protector/medium (Dora Bryan) are two other well-rounded characterizations; on the other hand, those of Porter's son and blind fiancée (a wasted Jane Merrow) are bland and one-dimensional. In spite of its importance in establishing the girl's true identity, the doctor's second visit to a medium could perhaps have been altered to a different profession so that it does not seem reminiscent of the opening séance. Curiously enough, Hammer visited similar Jack The Ripper territory that same year in Roy Ward Baker's DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE; besides, while the murder of the proverbial kind-hearted whore is again well-staged, the generally clichéd portrayal of them borders on caricature.
The Network SE DVD features an Audio Commentary (which I've yet to listen to) and an episode of the 1970s THRILLER TV series featuring HANDS OF THE RIPPER's co-star Angharad Rees whose good and innocent looks are effectively deployed in the blank stare of the entranced protagonist.
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