Incense for the Damned (1970)

35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English

A British horror film directed by Robert Hartford-Davis using the pseudonym Michael Burrowes. “Burrowes” isn't credited at all on some prints.

Plot Summary

A young Oxford don becomes involved with a group of depraved socialites in Greece led by a vampire.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Michael Burrowes [real name: Robert Hartford-Davis. “Burrowes” isn't credited on some prints]
A Lucinda Film production. Made entirely on location by Titan International Pictures
Executive Producer: Peter Newbrook
Produced by: Graham Harris
Screenplay by: Julian More
Based on the novel “Doctors Wear Scarlet” by: Simon Raven
Director of Photography: Desmond Dickinson
Editor: Peter Thornton *
Music Composed and Conducted by: Bobby Richards
Sound Recordists: Tony Dawe, Dennis Whitlock
Mr. MacNee's Clothes by: Aquascutum
Make-up: Bunty Phillips *
Production Designer: George Provis

Patrick Macnee (Major [Derek] Longbow)
Johnny Sekka (Bob Kirby)
Alex Davion (Tony Seymour)
Peter Cushing as Dr [Walter] Goodrich
Edward Woodward ([Doctor] Holmstrom)
Madeline Hinde (Penelope)
Patrick Mower (Richard [Fountain])
Imogen Hassall (Chriseis)
William Mervyn ([Marc] Honeydew)
David Lodge (colonel)
John Barron (diplomat)
Valerie Van Ost (don's wife)
Theo Moreos (mayor)
Nick Pandelides (monk superior)
Andreas Potamitis (police chief)
Theodosia Elefthreadon (old woman)
Christ Eleftheriades (priest)
Frederick Peisley [porter] *

Alternative Titles

Blodsugarna – Sweden
Bloedzuigers – Belgium (Flemish)
Doctors Wear Scarlet
Freedom Seeker
The Perverters
Suceurs de sang – France
Vampire Sacrifice – France (video)
Vampiros – Spain
Vampiros del terror – Mexico

Production Notes

The rights to Simon Raven's novel Doctors Wear Scarlet were bought in August 1968 by Robert Hartford Davis and Peter Newton for their Titan International Productions 1Boxoffice vol.93 no.18 (19 August 1968 p.E4 2Variety vol.252 no.1 (21 August 1968) p.28 3The Stage and Television Today no.4562 (19 September 1968) p.16 4Variety vol.252 no.7 (2 October 1968) p.32 and Julian More was assigned the task of adapting into a screenplay with March 1969 being set as the production start date 5Boxoffice vol.93 no.18 (19 August 1968 p.E4.

In May 1970, Hartford-Davis was granted a temporary order which allowed him to prevent the film – then provisionally titled The Perverters 6Today's Cinema no.9802 (8 May 1970) – from being released by Tigon. This was a 10-day extension to a previous order. Hartford-Davis was in dispute with the company over the edited version of the film, which had been completed without him following a brief hiatus when the financing ran out.



  • Boxoffice vol.93 no.18 (19 August 1968 p.E4 – note (London report by Anthony Gruner)
  • Boxoffice vol.94 no.5 (18 November 1968) p.E4 – note (London report by Anthony Gruner)
  • Cinema TV Today no.9976 (15 April 1972) p.20 – credits, review
  • Kine Weekly vol.617 no.3187 (9 November 1968) p.16 – note (final script)
  • Kine Weekly no.3266 (16 May 1970) p.16 – note
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.39 no.460 (May 1972) p.96 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Stage and Television Today no.4562 (19 September 1968) p.16 – note (Film studio news by John Montgomery)
  • Today's Cinema no.9671 (12 May 1969) p.9 – note
  • Today's Cinema no.9802 (8 May 1970) p.12 – note (Stop on film's distribution)
  • Variety vol.252 no.1 (21 August 1968) p.28 – note (International sound track: London)


  • American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography by Rob Craig pp.69-70
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.222-223
  • Chopped Meat: British Horror of the 1970s by Darrell Buxton p.unpaginated – note
  • Cinematic by John L. Flynn pp.157
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.88, 230
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.185 – credits, review
  • Peter Cushing: The Gentle Man of Horror and His 91 Films by Deborah Del Vecchio and Tom Johnson pp.234-238
  • by Walt Lee p.41 – credits
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.133-134
  • Vampire Films of the 1970s: Dracula to Blacula and Every Fang Between by Gary A. Smith pp.29-31; 204 – illustrated review; credits
  • X-Cert: The British Independent Horror Film: 1951-1970 by John Hamilton pp.199-203; 241-242