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Since he has moved to the USA 60 years ago, Count Dracula (Alexander
D'Arcy) - who now goes by the less conspicuous name Count Townshend -
couldn't live a happier life: He and his wife (Paula Raymond) have found
abode in a nice old castle by the beach, they are provided with fresh
blood by their butler George (John Carradine), an escapee from the
hangman, and their homicidal hunchback Mango (Ray Young), who keep pretty
girls, preferably virgins, chained up in the basement to gradually drain
them, and they have found nice company in their permanent houseguest
Johnny (Robert Dix), an insane serialkiller who shares their passion for
murdering in the light of the full moon.
Then though, the actual owner
of the Draculas' castle dies, and his heir Glen (Gene Otis Shayne) and his
girlfriend Liz (Barbara Bishop) want to dislodge them to move into the
castle themselves. However, when Glen and Liz show up to discuss the
terms, the Draculas and company treat them as honoured guests at first ...
only to eventually chain them up in the basement.
Of course though, Glen
and Liz manage to escape their chains eventually, destroy the vampires by
exposing them to the sun, and dispose of their friends in various ways -
and everything ends happily ...
Blood of Dracula's Castle
is a bit of an odd piece of work: There are strong indicactions this was
actually intended as a comedy, not only the overall plot but also several
dialogue sequences suggest that. However, Al Adamson's direction goes out
of its way to play it straight and downplay the ironic aspects - to the
extent of ignoring them. Also the actors play it straight and try to strip
their lines of all comedic impact, though here it seems they were
oblivious to the fact that they were missing punchline after punchline ...
or they just weren't good enough actors, which their performances suggest,
actually (John Carradine excluded here, who at least brings some dignity
to his role).
All this results in a - let's be polite - not-so-good
movie, but one bad movie lovers will find at least something to enjoy
about this one.