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Flashback Review: May 21st, 2014 Movie – Blood Of Dracula’s Castle

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The weekend is the perfect time to watch an old Grindhouse horror movie. Now this is one of those movies that I honestly don’t remember much about, which makes me believe that it was not that good of a movie the first time I watched it. Since this came from the Gorehouse Greats collection, Odds are that it really was a pile of crap of a movie. The only reason that I got it was because it was a cheap way to get 12 new movies back in the day (I think I got it for $3). So let’s see if Blood Of Dracula’s Castle is as forgettable as I obviously feel it is.

The plot: A woman is driving along in the Arizona desert when her car breaks down near some woods so she decides to take advantage of the shade and walk through the trees to try and find some help. As she is walking, she is suddenly confronted by a strange, disfigured man called Mango, causing her to scream and faint, and Mango picks her up and carries her off to a nearby castle. Some time later, Glen Cannon is taking pictures of his fiance/model Liz Arden for publication when he receives a telegram that his uncle had died. As he discusses the situation with Liz, he says that he has inherited the castle that his uncle owned and knows that it was being rented by a couple called the Townsends but they must be as old as his uncle was if they are still alive. Meanwhile, the Townsends are discussing the situation with the new owner and wondering if he would allow them to continue with their lease or possible want to sell the castle to them outright, though the Countess also says that they could die of shock and it might solve their problems as well. Meanwhile, George, their butler, is downstairs in the cellar, where the woman that Mango had captured is seen chained to a wall. George takes a sample of her blood from her arm then walks off, revealing that there are other girls chained to the walls as well. Returning upstairs, George hands the Count a bloody mary that was made with the woman’s blood and the count says it is good. The Countess says she doesn’t trust Mango and worries that he might end up leading the police to their doorstep. They then tell George that they have arranged for the release of their friend Johnny, who will arrive the next day, and comment on how with Johnny there, they won’t have to keep so many young women in the cellar. Deciding to go down and take a look at their new guest, the Townsends head down to the cellar with George and as they look at the girl, they notice one of the other girls looking particularly weak and tell Mango he can have her. As Mango unchains the girl and carries her away, the newly captured woman asks what they want with her and the Townsends answer and say they want her blood, as they are vampires. They then head off to their coffins to retire for the day while the girl Mango had carried off is heard screaming. Meanwhile, Johnny is shown to have been helped out of prison by one of the guards, who was paid off by the Count, and is making his way through the woods. As authorities use bloodhounds to track him, he starts running through a river and as he makes his way down a small waterfall, he spies a woman sunbathing on a nearby rock. Grabbing the girl so she can’t tell the authorities where he went, he hides underneath the waterfall as the authorities pass by him, drowning the girl in the process. Johnny then makes his way to the road, where he spots a man changing the tire on his car and he quickly knocks the man out and steals his car, driving off towards the Townsends’ castle, killing a hitchhiker and stealing his clothes in the process. After driving a while, he then lets the car roll off a cliff, killing the owner in the crash, and he eventually makes his way to the castle, When he arrives, he and George discuss their differing opinion on how best to serve the Townsends’ blood needs, while discussing his issue with the full moon. Some time later, Greg and Liz arrive at the castle and are greeted by George, who tells them that the Townsends are not awake at the moment but offers to show them around the castle before going to wake them. As they wait for the Townsends to arrive, Greg and Liz discuss the castle and their possibly living there. When the Townsends arrive, Greg and Liz are shocked as they expected a much older couple and the Count explains that he has the same name as his father and when his father passed, he simply forgot to update the lease. The Count asks if he should simply send the checks to Greg in the future but Greg tells him that he and Liz have decided to live in the castle. The Count and Countess try to discourage them from living there, mentioning bats, rats, and drafts that afflict the castle, and offer to buy it from them but Greg is unswayed by their comments. Later, the Townsends are talking to Johnny and discussing their lifestyle and how he might enjoy becoming a vampire as well. That night, Liz is woken by the sound of a scream coming from outside and she goes to wake Greg, who hears a second scream and decides to investigate and Liz accompanies him. As they walk around, the head into the cellar and are shocked by the appearance of Mango but when they race back upstairs, they run into George, who explains that Mango is the grounds caretaker and is quite harmless despite his appearance. The next day, Greg and Liz go for a swim at the nearby lake and when they return, talk with Johnny by the stables. When Liz asks why Johnny keeps looking up at the sky, he tells them that you can sometimes see the moon during the day and that he expects a full moon that night. Johnny then comments about the Townsends having a dinner party in their honor, which surprises Greg and Liz as they were planning on leaving that night, but Johnny tells them that George had noticed something wrong with their car when he was putting it up the night before and the mechanic won’t be able to get there until the next morning. Stuck at the castle for another day, Greg and Liz decide to go look for the toucan, which George had said was responsible for the screams they heard, but as they enter the cellar, they see the women chained to the wall. The woman who had just been brought there tells them what is going on and say that the Townsends are in the next room. When Greg and Liz enter the room, they are shocked to see the Townsends in coffins and start to realize what is going on. Exiting the Townsends’ room, they encounter George, Johnny, and Mango and though Greg tries to fight through them, both he and Liz are quickly captured and shackled to the wall themselves. Some time later, Johnny shows up and releases the girl whose car broke down, taking her into the other room and saying he could help her escape but is merely toying with her until George shows up and puts a stop to it. The girl is led outside and tied to a stake, where the Townsends, Johnny, George, Mango, and begin a ceremony to the moon, sacrificing the girl by burning her at the stake, while a reluctant Greg and Liz are brought along to watch. When they return to the castle, George brings drinks to the others as the Count explains that he wants to keep Greg and Liz alive and let them stay in the castle. As the Count makes a toast, Johnny starts to drink his glass but Liz throws her glass in his face, allowing Greg to grab Johnny’s gun from him. Johnny struggles with Greg but ends up being shot, then Greg points the gun at the Count and Countess, while George makes a hasty retreat. Passing the gun to Liz, Greg ties up the Townsends, then heads off to find George and free the other girls. When he enters the cellar, George attacks him but As the struggle, George tries to hit him with a morning star but ends up falling off the top of the stairs, breaking his neck. After freeing the girls and heading back upstairs, Greg takes the gun back as the Townsends plead with them to let them back into their coffins. Greg refuses and as they watch in shock, the Townsends soon turn to dust, with a pair of bats flying off from their clothes. Down in the cellar, Mango sees George’s body and, grabbing the morning star, heads upstairs and moves towards Greg and the others. Greg shoots him but when he doesn’t stop, they all run outside. The girls take off in a different direction while Mango chases after Greg and Liz. He eventually catches up to them and after knocking Greg down the hill, he grabs Liz and carries her up to the sacrificial pole and ties her up, preparing to burn her alive. Greg recovers and races up there to stop Mango, striking him in the back with an axe before setting him on fire. As Mango finally dies, Greg frees Liz and the two embrace before leaving the castle, choosing not to live there.

Yeh, this is not a good movie by any stretch. The acting was pretty bad all around and felt kind of wooden at times. The plot was pretty weak and didn’t make a whole lot of sense at times. For instance, when Greg was holding a gun on the Townsends, they could have easily recaptured them as the gun would have no effect on them, nor could the scraps of cloth held them with any real difficulty. Also, they kept making references that Johnny might be a werewolf, with the repeated comments on his actions during the full moon, but you never actually see him change, even when the moon is actually full. There wasn’t much in the way of special effects and the video quality on the DVD was pretty terrible, with the opening scenes featuring lines all over the screen. Not something that is really worth watching

Rating: 1 out of 5

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