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18 Dec 2011, 9:27pm
Released the same year as Hammer's THE VAMPIRE LOVERS, SCARS OF DRACULA was also directed by Roy Ward Baker with cinematography by Moray Grant, son of long-time Hammer cameraman Arthur Grant. And immediately it's tempting to compare this film to Baker's superior VAMPIRE LOVERS and also to the previous entry in the Dracula series, TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA, which was photograpy by the elder Grant. So while TASTE has evocative, moody cinematography of a high order, SCARS a bland look and several washed-out looking scenes. Moray' Grant's work was only slightly better in VAMPIRE LOVERS, though even that film had the occasional washed out looking scene, such as when Cushing meets Ingrid Pitt at the ball. Watching either film makes me wish the services of Arthur Grant of a more capable DP had been available. Hammer solved this problem on the next Dracula film though by hiring world-class DP Dick Bush, who shot Ken Russell's TOMMY. Bush also shot the final Karnstein film, TWINS OF EVIL, and certainly made it the best looking of the trio. But back to SCARS. ..another common complaint is that it breaks the continuity between the ending of TASTE and the beginning of this film. For the first four Hammer Dracula's there was a careful line of continuity between the ending of one film and the beginning of the next. But I'm willing to give SCARS a break on this count. . .the ending of TASTE finds the remains of Dracula (with his red and black cape) on an altar in the church. . .the beginning of SCARS finds the remains still spread over Dracula's cape and on an altar like before. Only now the location has changed from a church in London to Dracula's castle. But it's doesn't take a great stretch of imagination to fill in the blanks and assume that his assistant, Klove, simply collected the remains and transported them from London back to the castle so I see no huge continuity problem.
The film does have some very strong assets in its favor. . .another great turn by Michael Ripper
Related to: Scars Of Dracula (1970)
21 Nov 2011, 8:07pm
It's hard not to fall in love with Victoria Vetri watching WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH. And the blonde wig definitely works to her advantage. . .she becomes an impossibly gorgeous cavegirl and even manages to outshine Raquel Welch in ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. The stop motion animation by Jim Danforth is top notch (and a major improvement over his more uneven work on JACK THE GIANT KILLER). When it came time for Hammer to producer CREATURES THE WORLD FORGOT, I almost wish they'd scrapped the new cast and given us the further adventures of Ms. Vetri and company.
Related to: When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970)
01 Feb 2011, 6:58am
Delicious black comedy is even better than THE NANNY and probably the last great role of Bette Davis career! Full of priceless moments, as Mrs. Taggart (Davis) torments her son's girlfriend with lines like "body odor offends me!" and plays sadistic mind games on her family. Stay til the end for one of the all-time great final shots, as Mrs. Taggart picks up an anatomically-correct "pissing" doll and aim a stream of pee right at the camera and us!
Related to: The Anniversary (1968)
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