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Scars of Dracula (1970)

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Commentary 1: Director Roy Ward Baker, actor Christopher Lee, and moderated by Hammer Films historian Marcus Hearn Rating:10.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by badge on October 28th, 2012:Find all reviews by badge
There are some commentaries you listen to for academic insight, or explanations of the film-making process. Then you get commentaries like this one, which are simply a pleasure to listen to because of the pedigree of the people involved. In this case, we get two legends of cinema (and genre cinema in particular), Christopher Lee and Roy Ward Baker, discussing the peculiarities of working for the Hammer studio in its heyday. Moderator Marcus Hearn really knows his stuff and jots Baker along when he feels he needs to contribute something (Lee is never short of anything to say!), and is wise enough to know when to remain silent and let the two Hammer stalwarts talk freely about whatever comes to mind. Lee, whose rich tones are ideal for commentaries, speaks of being dissatisfied with the way Dracula had been restricted as a character by the studio, and of the lack of subtlety in modern day horror films, while also reminiscing about what made him laugh (Benny Hill!) and jump (Psycho) - right at the end he suddenly remarks that he doesn't think he's even seen the film they're doing the commentary on ("No wonder I can't remember anything!"). A great track for fans of classic horror. Its only failing point is the irritating audio mix: the movie soundtrack is too loud and at times the voices of the commentators compete with the music, effects, and actors in the film. Fire that guy!