Blood for Dracula (1974)

5.0 out of 5

Thanks to a series of unfortunate events leaving Morrissey without a leading man on the second of his two Euro-exploitation flicks, Udo Kier, so worn down by the harrowing shoot of Flesh For Frankenstein, sits himself down in a wheelchair and takes on the part of the greatest of the Gothic monsters – Count Dracula.

Udo Kier is at the top of his game as the frail Count who takes to the roads of Italy in search of new, pure “wirgins” to save his bloodline. Assisted by Anton, Juerging again the two come to find the Di Fiore family consisting of the Marquise, Vittorio deSica, his wife and their four daughters; Esmeralda, Saphira, Rubina, Stefania Cassini - Suspiria and Novecento, and baby sister Perla, Silvia Dionisio, who was married to Ruggero Deodato at the time. And then there’s Marxist rebel Mario, Joe Dallesandro, who has a good thing going as he’s shagging his way through the sisters of the house. A good thing he doesn’t intend to share or loose to the boring and feeble Count.

Shot back to back with Flesh for Frankenstein, Blood for Dracula is an extraordinary flick that not only presents the Count in his most empathetic guise and has Roman Polanski in a brief cameo, but is also wonderfully sleazy, filled with a dark humour and packs one of the most violent climaxes ever featured in a vampire movie.

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