Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
Original title: Dracula Cerca Sangue Di Vergine…E Mori Di Sete!!!
Alternate title: Andy Warhol’s Dracula
Italy/France, 1974. Compagnia Cinematografica Champion, Yanne et Rassam, Andy Warhol Presentation. Screenplay by Paul Morrissey, based on the character created by Bram Stoker. Cinematography by Luigi Kuveiller. Produced by Andrew Braunsberg, Andy Warhol, Jean Yanne. Music by Claudio Gizzi. Production Design by Enrico Job. Costume Design by Benito Persico. Film Editing by Jed Johnson, Franca Silvi. Podcast: My Criterions.
Of the two horror films that Paul Morrissey made on a shoestring budget in Italy in 1974 (the other being Flesh For Frankenstein), this one is by far the more entertaining of the two. Its ridiculous storyline has the evil Count Dracula (a hilariously campy Udo Kier) traveling the countryside in search of fresh virgin blood to satisfy his vampire urges. He finds it in the manor of a impoverished nobleman (Vittorio De Sica), whose three daughters are ripe for the taking. Or are they? While their father might think they are pure, the girls have been getting along quite well with their hunky gardener (Joe Dallesandro) and have even taken to spending quality time with him. This one is in the ‘so bad it’s good’ category, and some of the sets are actually quite lovely.