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Lips of Blood

Lips of Blood

70sReviews May 23, 2016 0

A man named Frederic attends a party full of Parisians who exude bohemianism— artists and models and photographers drinking absinthe and whiskey amid flirtations and puns. But the man’s eye is drawn to a poster on the wall—an perfume ad showing a ruined castle by the sea. He cannot take his eyes off the castle, and he must know where the photograph was taken. The party falls away and we see in his memory that he got lost there as a child, and met a beautiful girl who stayed with him all night. He never saw her again, but he is certain he must.

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The Werewolf vs. the Vampire Woman (AKA Walpurgis Night)

Elvira is travelling through the French countryside with her friend Genevieve, searching for the lost tomb of a medieval murderess and possible vampire, Countess Wandessa. They find a likely site in the castle of Waldemar Daninsky, who invites the women to stay as long as they like. As Waldemar shows Elvira the tomb that supposedly houses the countess, she accidentally causes the vampire to come back to life, hungrier than ever. Daninsky has a hidden secret of his own, but will it be enough to save the two girls from becoming Wandessa’s next victims?

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Alien

Alien

70sReviews May 17, 2016 0

During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs attacks an explorer. The entire crew is unaware of the impending nightmare set to descend upon them when the alien parasite planted inside its unfortunate host is birthed.

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Dracula 1972 AD

I reviewed this movie’s sequel “The Satanic Rites of Dracula” earlier for this site. Like that film, this movie was an attempt by Hammer to update its decades old Dracula series and bring both the Count and Van Helsing into the swinging 70’s. In many ways “Dracula AD 1972” is a remake of an earlier Hammer vampire flick “Taste the Blood of Dracula.” In that movie, Victorian gentlemen dabble in devil worship out of boredom, only to bring forth the vampire lord yet again. In this film it’s hippies, but the results are the same: Dracula lives – and sucks – in London.

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Satantic Rites of Dracula

Probably one of the weaker entries in Hammer’s famed Dracula series. Coming from a time when Hammer was trying to mix up the formula of their most popular franchise. Possibly due to the success of the Count Yorga films, which featured a cloaked vampire in the modern day. Hammer moved Dracula from his traditional period surroundings into the 1970’s. Resulting in two films, Dracula AD 1972 and this film…the Satanic Rites of Dracula.

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Alucarda

Alucarda

70sReviews May 3, 2016 1

I was recently introduced to this odd little cinematic nugget by my older brother. Alucarda (yet another variation on Dracula, maybe) is a lurid little study in demonology from Mexico. A cinematic mish-mash that could have only been spawned in the 1970’s. As such, I’m surprised I’ve never happened across it before. Better late than never, I suppose.

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Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter!

Oh, didn’t I mention it? We’re vampire hunters, professional vampire hunters!”

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Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde

London fog, thick as pea soup. A street butcher sharpens his blade and readies himself to carve up a rabbit. A street walker sings an off-key folk tune. A man in a top hat and cloak emerges from the darkness,stalking a lady of the evening. The cloaked man removes a long knife from a medical bag. The camera angles in on the butcher’s blade shredding through flesh and fur. Next red blood splatters on a white wanted poster. The Ripper has finished his work and flees the scene. He enters a darkened room, cleans the gore off of himself and begins to write in a journal. “This is the testament of Dr. Henry Jekyll, age 30, male…male…MALE!”

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