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Blood for Dracula (Criterion Collection) (1973)

Cast: Joe Dallesandro, Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier, more...
Director: Paul Morrissey, Paul Morrissey
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Cult, Horror, Vampires, Italian Horror, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 103 min.
Languages: English
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This title is currently out of print.

The second of two horror films shot in a single production term and bearing the name of pop-art icon Andy Warhol (whose participation pretty much ended with the use of his name), this film is slightly superior to its higher-profile predecessor, Andy Warhol's Frankenstein. Direction is credited to Warhol factory filmmaker Paul Morrissey, though there still exists a very vocal camp who insist that the real credit should go to Italian director Antonio Margheriti. Euro-horror leading man Udo Kier assays the title role, playing the count as a pale, anemic-looking blood junkie with an overwrought accent. Finding the supply of "weer-gin" blood diminishing rapidly in Romania, Dracula is forced to seek a fix in a predominantly Catholic Italian province, where he is certain a few virgins still exist. He travels with his assistant (Arno Juerging) and his coffin-sealed sister to the decrepit, crumbling mansion of the financially-strapped Marquis DiFore (a tour-de-force performance from Bicycle Thief director Vittorio de Sica) who welcomes the affluent Count with open arms, hoping to marry off any one of his four daughters. Dracula clearly has other intentions for the girls... but his plans are rudely thwarted by beefy, socialist handyman Mario (Joe Dallesandro), who has been dutifully divesting the young maidens of their -- ahem -- virtue, thus tainting their blood and making it unsafe for vampiric consumption. Very unsafe, it turns out -- as we are treated to protracted scenes of the death-pale Count vomiting up gallons of blood. Rated "X" at the time of its release (and subsequently re-rated "R" ten years later), this outrageous catalogue of depravity features wildly campy performances, inane dialogue and an outrageous climax. ~ Cavett Binion, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Audio commentary by Paul Morrissey, star Udo Kier, and film historian Maurice Yacowar
  • A stills gallery of publicity and production photos, featuring excerpts from the Claudio Gizzi score in stereo

GreenCine Member Reviews

Terrible by MDeMars September 29, 2006 - 3:01 PM PDT
0 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Very campy. There are some scenes which I think were intended to be serious, but end up being silly. The acting is horrible with a few exceptions. In some scenes, you can almost see the actors looking off camera to be fed their next line. The story moves very slowly. There are so many differant versions of the dracula story that I didn't realize that non-virgin blood couldn't be consumed by a vampire. The scenes of Udo Kier vomiting non-virgin blood (violently) are overacted and over the top. The final showdown between Dracula and the handyman involves many limbs being hacked off with an axe which reminded me too much of the Black Knight scene from "Monty Python and The Holy Grail". I just had to laugh at that one.

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