Lust for a Vampire and a Taste of Blood play the Jesse James and Parkside Drive Ins 11/19/71
Now here’s a cool Double Feature – too late for Halloween, but still alright!
Jimmy Sangster’s Cult Camp classic of Blood and Erotica is seriously not the greatest of Hammer films, although it has Yutte Stensgaard from Denmark who pretty much went into the Grindhouse History books after this film, although Film Ventures’ pick up of the British Sci Fi Thigh High Nudie The Love Factor/Zeta One renamed the Love Slaves was released Stateside a little after this.
Co-Starring Ralph Bates, Suzanna Leigh, and the eyes of Christopher Lee substituting in close ups for the ill-starred Mike Raven, this was an overplayed, but seriously sexy, Vampire flick that either made the viewer shout out that Hammer was finished – although they were far from done, as a couple of really good films prove – or that Yutte was seriously hot. If you’re here, you’re in the later group more likely!
The odd thing was that Yutte was credited as being “Introduced” although she was in a number of films through the years, but apart for those who are looking for That Girl With a Pistol, Zeta One, and the not too great Scream and Scream Again, maybe it was in the hope that people would have forgotten about those films as they usually played second division houses and that Lust would break her out.
In The States, the Hammer film was Distributed through American Continental, connected with Levitt-PIckman, announced in some Program guides in Late 1970 in Boxoffice. 12/70 saw the releases of The Horror of Frankenstein and The Scars of Dracula while in July, 1971, Lust was released to little fanfare and much Drive In play.
A Taste of Blood was obviously picked from some sub-distributor’s vault – it was the HG Lewis film that made a mistake where the Godfather of Gore was concerned…it tried to being in actual acting and less gore while keeping the budget as low as he could. Frank Hennenlotter was right – HG Lewis’ films were never meant to go Mainstream.