Wow – Scars of Dracula is a bit of a stinker. Watched it tonight. Both the start and the end are atrocious. Every Hammer Dracula film had two set pieces – the reconstitution at the beginning, and the death at the end. In this one, the reconstitution comes about because a big fat fake bat flies through a window and pukes blood onto Dracula’s cape. You never get to know where the bat comes from, how it got the blood (I suppose it is a vampire bat) or what prompts it to puke the blood. The end is where Dracula gets struck by lightning, turns into a scarecrow and falls over a cliff. In between we have tons of footage of that fake bat. He does a bit of killing, but his main task seem to be acting as “Dracula Radar” – where he see’s people coming toward the castle, and then flies to tell Dracula (who, fortunately, speaks bat). We have another odd scene where Dracula wants to kill a girl who is lying in bed. How does he choose to do it? Fangs? Biting? Nah – he stabs her to death. I guess he wasn’t hungry. Of course we have the girl wearing the cross. Why they chose this teeny tiny cross I don’t know, but Dracula look a bit of a twit running away from this Kinder cross. The one plus is that Dracula lair is only accessible by climbing a sheer wall up the side of the castle. We get to see Dracula climbing up – which actually works very well. The down sides are too numerous to mention. How time plays tricks on you! This and “Brides of Dracula” truly stink.