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Film / Scars of Dracula

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The sixth Dracula film by Hammer, released in 1970.

After causing a bit of trouble, young man named Paul Carlson ends up in Dracula's castle. He soon finds the place inhospitable after Dracula stabs a woman to death in his bed and seeks to escape the place.

This film has the examples of:

  • Affably Evil: Dracula is quite gracious towards his guests at first.
  • Agent Scully: The barmaid Julie who dismisses the locals' fears of Dracula as superstitious nonsense. She learns otherwise when she comes across Dracula himself in the woods at night.
  • Bat Out of Hell: A particularly vicious example that slaughters a church full of women and children.
  • Bedsheet Ladder: Paul begins his escape from his locked room by taking sheets from his bed and climbing down to lower floor.
  • Big Ol' Unibrow: Sported by Dracula's servant Klove.
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  • Bloodier and Gorier: Scars is considered particularly gruesome by Hammer's usual standards; at one point Dracula stabs a woman to death with a knife, and she is subsequently dismembered with a hacksaw and disintegrated in acid (much of that isn't shown, but it's still pretty grim).
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: A sudden lightning bolt strikes the metal rod on Dracula's hands in the climax, setting him on fire.
  • Bumbling Dad: The burgomaster, who blusters ineffectually at both his daughter and her seducer Paul.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Paul is killed after he accidentally stumbles into Dracula's chambers, and the rest of the film is spent with his friends.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The beautiful and innocent Sarah leads Klove to turn against Dracula.
  • Hollywood Acid: The kind that's useful for disposing of inconvenient corpses and body parts by dissolving them completely.
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  • Hotter and Sexier / Bloodier and Gorier: Hammer purposely peppered the film with copious amounts of nudity, sex, gore, and violence in order to compete with the Exploitation Film market that began to emerge in the 1970s.
  • Howling to the Night: Julie opens the window in Paul's room so that they can hear the wolves' howling as she monologues about freedom, and how she lacks it.
  • Out of the Frying Pan: Paul escapes from his locked bedroom, only to end up in Dracula's doorless chamber.
  • Redemption Equals Death: When Klove tries to protect Sarah, Dracula throws him off the top of his castle.
  • Sex Equals Death: Paul and Tania. Also Julie, who doesn't actually have sex but is rather forward.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: The townsfolk force their way to Dracula's castle to burn it down in the prologue.
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  • Your Cheating Heart: Paul to Sarah, and Tania to Dracula. Neither get away with it.


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