- Ax 2013
The Blood Suckers
Incence for the Damned / Doctors Wear Scarlet / Freedom Seekers / Vampire Sacrifice
Graham Harris, Peter Newbrook (executive) for Lucinda Films, Titan
directed by John Hartford-Davis
starring Patrick Macnee, Patrick Mower, Peter Cushing, Alex Davion, Johnny Sekka, Madeleine Hinde, Imogen Hassall, Edward Woodward
screenplay by Julian More, based on the novel Doctors wear Scarlet by Simon Raven, music by Robert Richards
Oxford professor Richard Fountain (Patrick Mower) apparently is involved in some scandal in
Greece, so a motley crew (including his fiancee Madeline Hinde,
government agent Alex Davion &, Patrick Macnee thrown in just for good
measure) go there to get him back.
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But it soon turns out they
might have taken a larger bite than they can chew on, being sucked into
the evil-doings of Imogen Hassall & her satanic cult - & they
might be vampires (or perverts, as it is).
Still, the gang manages to
get Richard out of Greece even though Macnee has to die while doing so.
& Richard seems to be adapting to university life again pretty well
- that is, until his fiancee wants to have sex with him, & he, being
impotent (this is explained rather early in the movie) reverts to being
a vampire (!).
Is this borne out of sexual repression or from Imogen
Hassall's bite ?
For a time it actually seems Richard is getting better
again, until, in a speech at Oxford university, he manages to insult
every professor who happens to be in the room (& there are quite a
few, this being Oxford) then escaping with his girl only to bite her to death. He
is finally staked in a freak accident, though.
Second-billed Peter Cushing plays the headmaster & father of
Apart from being just a little too clever for its own good -
explaining all the superstitious gobbledigook away as sexual deviation,
only to in the end blame everything on superstitious gobbledigook -,
this film is one of these nice little chillers from early 70's England,
a time & place where (& when) they made many a nice little