Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Taste of Blood (1967)

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis

Starring: Bill Rogers, Elizabeth Wilkinson, William Kerwin, Lawrence Tobin, Ted Schell, Otto Schlessinger, Eleanor Vaill

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A ghastly tale drenched with gouts of blood spurting from the writhing victims of a madman's lust!

Plot: Mild-mannered Miami businessman, John Stone, receives a parcel from England containing two old bottles of Slivovitz brandy and upon drinking them both, becomes a vampire. Stone uses his newfound vampire powers to keep his wife, Helena, in a trance as he travels to England to kill the desdenents of Van Helsing whom murdered Count Dracula while Hesling's distant relative, Howard Helsing, persues Stone with the intent to put the re-born vampire to rest for good.

My rating: 4/10

Will I watch it again? No.

I can normally stand some Herschell Gordon Lewis but this one really tested my patience.  Usually his horror pictures hover around the 90 minute mark and they're filled with gore but not this one, sister.  Noop.  It was downright painful at times.  I can appreciate what he was trying for but it's much too long.  The acting and everything else screams it's a HGL flick.  I normally dig his movies and this might be the first one to come along and break that streak.  Oh, and I forgot to mention the near-non-existence of gore.  We're talking ounces of blood and just a few at that.  Ugh.

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