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Blood for Dracula (1974)

Germany 103m, Colour
Director: Paul Morrissey; Cast: Udo Kier; Joe Dallesandro; Vittorio De Sica; Maxime McKendry; Arno Juerging, Milena Vukotic, Dominique Darel; Stefania Casini, Silvia Dionisio.

Presented by Andy Warhol, Blood for Dracula is an unconventional vampire tale that follows a sick and dying Count Dracula who travels to Italy in search of virgin blood. The film combines the horror genre with sex and comedy in a loosely scripted and partially improvised production which was initially given an X rating. Dracula, played by Udo Kier is a bizarre character who finds the sun only to be a mild irritation, but who becomes violently ill after consuming the blood of non-virgins. Much of the movie is set at a large estate owned by an Italian aristocrat whose financial misfortunes require that he offer one of his four daughters to Count Dracula. As potential “wives”, Dracula attempts to sample each daughter’s purity – with mixed results, owing to the gardener’s sexual encounters with at least three of the sisters. Notwithstanding the limitations in the script, this film is notable for its lighting, camera work and overall artistic feel – which was largely bereft in North American horror productions up until this film’s release (Klaus Ming February 2010).

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