5 January 2019

Review: Blood of Dracula's Castle (1969)

Directed by Al Adamson and originally released by exploitation specialists Crown International Pictures, it's difficult to know where to start with Blood of Dracula's Castle.

Count Dracula (Alexander D'Arcy) and his vampire wife (Paula Raymond in a role originally intended for Jayne Mansfield), hiding behind the pseudonyms of Count and Countess Townsend, lure girls to their castle in the Arizona desert to be drained of blood by their butler George (a woefully underused John Carradine). That is until the castle's new owners, photographer Glen Cannon (Gene Otis Shayne) and his model girlfriend Liz Arden (Jennifer “Barbara” Bishop), arrive wanting to move in and refusing to sell.

This is a film that seems to promise so much, but actually delivers very little.

The performances are universally terrible in this slow and relatively bloodless B-movie. With clumsy attempts at humour and stilted delivery (it sometimes seems like the actors don't even know their lines), it really does stand out as one of those 'so inept it's worth a watch - if just the once' drive-in movies that you can usually find in bumper budget box sets (indeed I found it in Mill Creek Entertainment's wonderful Drive-In Cult Cinema Collection).
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