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Film / Scars of Dracula

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The sixth Dracula film by Hammer, released in 1970, starring Christopher Lee and Patrick Troughton.

After causing a bit of trouble, young man named Paul Carlson ends up in Dracula's (Christopher Lee) 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:

  • 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 (Patrick Troughton).
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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). It is the first in the Hammer Dracula series to be rated R, precisely for this reason.
  • 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.
  • Darker and Edgier: In contrast to the previous Hammer Dracula movies, Dracula is even more vicious and cruel in this movie and as mention above the movie is much Bloodier and Gorier. For example the opening scene has Dracula retaliate against the villagers by having his bats kill all the women and children hidden in the church.
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  • Decoy Protagonist: Paul is killed after he accidentally stumbles into Dracula's chambers, and the rest of the film is spent with his friends.
  • False Rape Accusation: The reason Paul goes on the run is because the burgomaster's daughter accused him of raping her.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Paul is found impaled on a meat hook.
  • 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.
  • Same Language Dub: Jenny Hanley was dubbed by Nikki Van der Zyl.
  • 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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