Blood of Dracula (1957, Herbert L Strock)


An occasional series where I watch and review works inspired by Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula…

These reviews reveal plot twists.

Setting? Sherwood School for Girls, somewhere in America, 1957.

Faithful to the novel? The connection is slim. It’s the story of a teenage girl packed off to a boarding school by her newly remarried father. Nancy Perkins is targeted by the science teacher, who performs an experiment on her. Miss Branding wants to let loose a primeval force (or something) so doses Nancy with a chemical then hypnotises her with an ancient amulet from Carpathia. Nancy loosens up, joining in with the cool kids as they have a party, but then a student is brutally murdered. The police find two puncture marks on the victim’s neck. Nancy then strikes again, and we see her this time: she morphs into a rodent-faced vampire. Tired of being used, however, Nancy rebels against the teacher and both are killed during a fight.

Best performance: Sandra Harrison is suitably dour and uptight as Nancy.

Best moment: There’s a ridiculous bit where a dorm full of girls and three visiting boys perform a song-and-dance routine. They mime to Puppy Love on a record player, but have clearly worked on their choreography.

Review: A melodramatic B-movie, which was churned out by the production company as more or less a remake of their earlier hit I Was a Teenage Werewolf. A copper uses the term ‘Draculas’ to mean ‘vampires’. The fact the MacGuffin is from Carpathia suggests a link to the novel, but none is spelt out.

Five rock’n’roll parties out of 10