Incense for the Damned

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Incense for the Damned
Incenst for the Damned Poster.png
Film poster
Directed by Robert Hartford-Davis
Produced by Graham Harris
Peter Newbrook
Screenplay by Julian More
Based on Doctors Wear Scarlet 
by Simon Raven
Starring Patrick Macnee
Peter Cushing
Edward Woodward
Music by Bobby Richards
Cinematography Desmond Dickinson
Lucinda Films
Distributed by Titan Film Distribution
Chevron Pictures (US)
Release dates
Running time
87 min
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Incense for the Damned (also released as Bloodsuckers, Freedom Seeker and Doctors Wear Scarlet) is a 1970 British horror film.[1] Starring Patrick Macnee, Patrick Mower and Peter Cushing, it is based on the 1960 Simon Raven novel Doctors Wear Scarlet.


The film centers on Richard Fountain, an Oxford don who has fallen under the influence of a mysterious Greek girl and her suspicious associates. Fountain's friends visit Greece to get him back and notice that wherever he has been a number of murders have taken place. They find their friend under the spell of a beautiful vampire, whose blood-sucking methods include the use of S&M sex. Believing that they have killed her, the group return to Great Britain, unaware that their friend is now a vampire.



Shooting took place in part in Greece and Cyprus. Money ran out during production causing filming to halt in the spring of 1969; it resumed later on. This involved writing of new scenes with new actors and a new director. Robert Hartford-Davies, the original director, subsequently disowned the movie.[2]


  1. ^ "Doctors Wear Scarlet". British Film Institute. Retrieved August 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ John Hamilton, The British Independent Horror Film 1951-70 Hemlock Books 2013 p 198-202

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