Thursday, August 2, 2012
130. BLOOD OF DRACULA'S CASTLE (1969)
I was intrigued to revisit this movie, which I hadn't seen since it unfolded to general stupefaction on the screen of my local neighborhood theater in 1969, because it was recently made available on DVD for the first time in its rare, expanded television version. In this version, Robert Dix's character -- the son of Count (HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND's Alex D'Arcy) and Countess Dracula (Paula Raymond, whose real oral fixation appears to be cigarettes), posing as retired couple Mr. & Mrs. Charles Townsend -- is not only a sadistic killer, but a werewolf as well, thanks to the expedient deployment of a Don Post Studios whole-head mask. That doesn't make it better; during these 16mm inserts, the cinematography turns grainy and blown-out and looks nothing like the rest of the film, which was early Hollywood work by Laszlo Kovacs.
In all fairness, Robert Dix -- the son of actor Richard Dix -- is really pretty good, relishing his sadistic nonsense and throwing himself into some very physical situations during an extended prison break sequence that has him running through rivers and crawling through tunnels. But the rest is the old story of a couple inheriting the wrong castle, and sheer agony, but it's a delicious sort of agony if you're in the right mood or have the right crowd. Where else can you find John Carradine, playing a tuxedoed majordomo, suddenly accusing people halfway through his performance of being "like those fools who tried to hang me"?
Viewed on Scorpion Entertainment DVD.
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