“My body can’t take this treatment anymore. The blood of these whores is killing me!”
Desperately in need of virgin blood, sickly Count Dracula (Udo Kier) is taken by his loyal manservant (Arno Juerging) to Italy, where he intends to woo the supposedly “pure” daughters (Milena Vukotic, Dominique Darel, Stefania Casini, and Silvia Dionisio) of a landowner (Vittorio de Sica) and his wife (Maxime McKendry), not realizing that two of them are sexually involved with the family’s “Bolshevik gardener” (Joe Dallesandro).
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Horror Films
- Looking for Ms./Mr. Right
- Paul Morrissey Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary writes that while this horror satire is “not as popular as Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein, also directed by Paul Morrissey”, it’s “a much better film”. He describes it as “erotic, cleverly scripted by Morrissey and very funny, but concedes that it’s “so super bloody, gross, and violent that viewers will surely be scared away”. While Peary considers “the entire cast… impressive”, he notes that “best of all is Arno Juerging, who plays Dracula’s always angry assistant. He speaks in the most unpleasant tone imaginable and his argument-conversations with the overly-excited Kier are classics.”
Peary calls out Juerging’s “bar-game scene with peasant Roman Polanski” as “also a highlight”.
I agree with Peary that this cult favorite is well worth a look: it’s sumptuously filmed, cleverly scripted, and offers plenty of atmospheric, tongue-in-cheek enjoyment. Chances are you’ll enjoy it more than you expected to.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Numerous campily humorous moments
- Fine cinematography and sets
- Claudio Gizzi’s guitar-drenched score
Yes, as a cult favorite.