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A Taste Of Blood (Special Edition) (1967)

Cal Bowman (III) , Dolores Carlos  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cal Bowman (III), Dolores Carlos, Roy Collodi, Gail Janis, William Kerwin
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 12, 2000
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004W1A4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,652 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Taste Of Blood (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Herschell Gordon Lewis Gallery of Exploitation Art
  • Archival Nudie Short Subject "Nightmare at Elm Manor"

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Only a stake through her heart could appease his appalling passion! John Stone, a mild American businessman, receives an odd inheritance in the mail: two bottles of ancient brandy which, unknown to Stone, also contain the blood of his ancestor, Count Dracula! Despite the foreboding of his wife, Helene, John drinks the brandy and, sure enough, slowly turns into a pasty-faced vampire. Worse, in addition to his newfound thirst for neck-slurping, Stone seeks revenge against the ancestors of those who killed the vampire king. However, when Stone murders an exotic dancer known as "Vivacious Vivian," Dr. Howard Helsing (of the famous Dracula-killing Helsings) takes notice, but not before Stone puts Helene under his spell. "A Taste of Blood" is a moody, modern-day vampire tale from cult director Herschell Gordon Lewis (The Wizard of Gore) who (as "Seymour Sheldon") also turns in an amusing cameo as a British seaman.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST LEWIS FILM May 15, 2001
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This is by far the best Lewis film. This one has good acting, especially by Bill Rogers (and features a cameo role by Lewis himself). The script is good, and the gore is actually helpful to the plot (unlike Blood Feast where the plot revolves around the gore), and it has atmospheric photography. This is one of the few H.G. Lewis films that is tastefully handled. The picture quality is beautiful, until the end of the film, where there are 2 badly damaged reels. The extras are decent: the trailer is okay, the... short film is alright, the usual gallery is pretty good, and the commentary is great. A must for all H.G. Lewis fans, and anyone who wants to see one of his less excessive outings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Be Careful! He Has The Strength Of Ten Men!"... March 22, 2011
Herschell Gordon Lewis (WIZARD OF GORE, 2000 MANIACS, BLOOD FEAST) gives his semi-serious take on the vampire legend in A TASTE OF BLOOD. While it has the same cheeezy sets (check out that English manor house interior!), silly premise, and petrified acting / dialogue, ATOB is still enjoyable enough. Don't expect an HGL gore-fiesta here! Lewis has left his red paint at home this time. This film is relatively bloodless, especially for an HGL production. Well worth a watch...
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4.0 out of 5 stars H. G. Lewis's homage to Count Dracula January 12, 2004
In 1963 Herschell Gordon Lewis, an independent filmmaker known for making cutie pictures, changed forever the face of American cinema when he released "Blood Feast." This film, about as low budget as you could possibly get even in the 1960s, kicked off the era of the gore film. While it would be quite some time before Hollywood caught on to the fact that certain elements of the movie audience hungered for films containing nauseating scenes of explicit violence, H.G. Lewis took one look at the receipts for "Blood Feast" and decided he better make another movie similar to this one. A series of gruesome zero budget shockers followed, films like "The Gruesome Twosome," "The Gore-Gore Girls," "2000 Maniacs," "The Wizard of Gore," and his nearly two hour epic take on the Dracula legend, "A Taste of Blood." Lewis retired after 1972 in order to concentrate on a career in advertising, an endeavor he found much more profitable than his work in the film business. It wasn't until 2002 that the director returned to form with "Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat," a movie which proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Godfather of Gore still has what it takes to shock an audience.
"A Taste of Blood" is the story of John and Helene Stone (the patrician Bill Rogers and the amazingly pretty Elizabeth Wilkinson respectively), two happily married lovebirds caught in a nightmare when two bottles of suspicious looking plum brandy arrive in the mail. Addressed to John, the liquor is a gift to the last surviving descendent of the Alucard dynasty. Stone is mystified until he remembers that his mother did have some mysterious relatives in Europe of whom he knew little about.
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Herschell Gordon Lewis (Blood Feast, Goldilocks and the Three Bares, Two Thousand Maniacs!) is a name instantly familiar to any fan of exploitation films, given he was a somewhat of an original in the realm of nudie cuties (along with former business partner David F. Friedman), before becoming a pioneer in the world of splatter films. Directed by Lewis, A Taste of Blood (1967) features Bill Rogers (Shanty Tramp, Flesh Feast), Elizabeth Wilkinson (Suburban Roulette), and Lewis regular William Kerwin (Bell, Bare and Beautiful, Two Thousand Maniacs!). Also appearing is Otto Schlessinger (Flesh Feast), Eleanor Vaill (The Girl, the Body, and the Pill), and Lawrence Tobin (Shanty Tramp).

After a slightly bizarre opening credit sequence (with a bouncy, jazzy score) we see a package, labeled `of gravest urgency', being delivered to an office, the name of the recipient being John Stone (Rogers). Stone's secretary Hester (Vaill) signs for it, after which she and the delivery man speculate on its contents...she thinks it's gold, he thinks it's a bomb (no, that would be this movie), while I'm hoping it's the actual script for the film, as so far everyone seems to be winging it, and rather poorly I might add (turns out it's none of the above). Hester delivers the package to Stone's swanky home, where we get to meet Stone, who's quite the fashion statement in a maroon sports coat, white shirt, purple pants and black cravat. We also get to meet his bosomy, blonde, bubble headed wife named Helene (Wilkinson), who's about as interesting as a wooden post.
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