(out of 5)
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.
Directed by Paul Morrissey
Screenplay by Paul Morrissey, based on the character created by Bram Stoker
Cinematography by Luigi Kuveiller
Music by Claudio Gizzi
Production Design by Enrico Job
Costume Design by Benito Persico