Scream Factory is on a roll with these Hammer films. They keep pumping them out left and right, and I for one could not be happier. I love all the old Hammer Films especially the Dracula ones as Christopher Lee portrayed the character perfectly. With the fantastic atmosphere and tone these are some of the best period horror films ever made, and Scars of Dracula (although it doesn’t really continue with the others) is just as good.
Scars of Dracula starts with a short opening where a bat fly’s into the Dracula’s Castle and sprays blood all over the counts ashes. This causes the count to come to life again and he wastes no time in murdering young village women. The villagers don’t take kindly to this and set the castle on fire. Luckily Dracula is prepared and has some kind of panic room in his castle. He’s also fast because when the men folk come home from burning the place they find all the woman and kids in the town have been murdered by vampire bats.
Shortly there after we meet Paul. He’s been accused of rape (He’s innocent) and rather than get murdered by angry townsfolk he jumps a ride on a coach leaving town. He gets left off by Dracula’s Castle where the Count invites him in. Once inside he meets a woman named Tania who tells him Dracula is holding her prisoner. They end up having sex but Dracula walks in and kills Tania and locks Paul up.
Luckily Paul’s brother Simon, along with his beautiful Fiancée Sarah are on the case and start looking for him. They find him but Dracula becomes enamored with Sarah . Simon must now seek help from the local village priest to try and save not only his brother, but himself and Sarah as well from Dracula’s clutches.
The acting is good, not to campy, not to serious. The special effect are well done. There is a nice amount of blood and gore. And the film has a pretty standard run time of around 90. AS I stated it doesn’t follow the continuity of the other Dracula films from this time but its still very well done.
Scream Factory has done an amazing job once again with the transfer. The colors are bright and vibrant. The dark scenes look fantastic as Scream Factory is always able to avoid that blue tint that plagues many transfers. The audio is crisp and the score sounds fantastic playing through your surround sound. The release also boasts a nice amount of special features.
Presented In Two Aspect Ratios – 1.66:1 And 1.85:1
NEW Audio Commentary With Filmmaker/Film Historian Constantine Nasr And Film Historian Randall Larson
Blood Rites: Inside Scars Of Dracula
Audio Commentary With Star Christopher Lee And Director Roy Ward Baker, Moderated By Hammer Film Historian Marcus Hearn
One of the most unique horror films made. This one has it all. From story to special effects this is a must own. Its another great title to add to your collection. Pick this one up right away.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars