Count Yorga, Vampire Reviews
November 24, 2014
Something that was a wannabe Horror of Dracula would be mediocre, but something that is more like a wannabe Scars of Dracula is bad. At least it's not a wannabe Satanic Rites of Dracula.
October 6, 2014
Count Yorga, Vampyre doesn't quite pack the punch of a vampire movie, the kind of which I was expecting (until the very end, that is). The story is pretty basic: a medium (vampire) moves into town and starts sucking the blood of his customers, and when everyone finds out what's going on, they begin to investigate and go after him. The movie certainly isn't terrible, and it has some nice retro style to it that a movie like Dracula 1972 A.D. has, but it doesn't quite reach the levels of enjoyability that it should. Robert Quarry is good enough, but he needs go even further with it, but the lackluster script doesn't really allow him to. Still, the film's final moments with the vampire brides and the hunting down of Count Yorga are probably the most effective and most enjoyable out of everything in the film. It's an interesting watch, but it just doesn't go far enough.
December 15, 2012
After rewatching this movie Ive become fond of it. I like Robert Quarry's Count Yorga much, much better than I like Christoper Lee's Count Dracula. This might have been the first movie to have a vampire comfortable socializing with people in the late 20th century; House of Dark Shadows came out the same year (though a few years earlier Barnabas had been on TV socializing with people of the 1960s). It was the Fright Night of its time. There is one scene that is still disturbing today, I brace myself every time I know its coming. Yorga is a socially refined character but at times he seems almost animal like. Set in California, circa 1970, this is one of the best vampire movies of that era.
June 6, 2013
Yorga can rip off Edward Cullen's head easily.
May 26, 2013
Enjoyable, different Vampire film from 1970.
May 8, 2013
"Ridiculous, right? The age of atomic weapons and we have to use sticks!"-Dr James "Jim" Hayes (Roger Perry)
The only good kitty...is a dead kitty, being eaten by a bloodsucker. I won't be forgetting it any time soon. Great ending as well.
January 23, 2013
Alright, your ass isn't huge.
In the sixties a group of friends attend a sťance with a strange, creepy man named Yorga. The sťance was amazing and the friends start believing in the supernatural. The friends do not know that Yorga is a vampire and the sťance has caused them to be targets for his dinner. Can the friends work together to survive Yorga or will they all fall prey to his scheme?
"They say the baby's neck was all chewed up."
Bob Kelljan, director of The Return of Count Yorga, Scream Blacula Scream, Act of Vengeance, Cry for Justice, and Beach Patrol, delivers Count Yorga. The storyline for this picture is okay and contains a nice blend of super natural intrigue and horror. The death scenes are just okay but I enjoyed the mistresses. The acting was average and the cast includes Robert Quarry, Roger Perry, and Michael Murphy.
"Get your fat ass out of the car and see if you can help."
I DVR'd this picture off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) recently based on its interesting plot. I will say this is slightly better than average but not a must see. It definitely has a classic drive-in/grindhouse picture feel to it. I do recommend giving this film a shot and I hope to see the sequel to this movie one day.
"Perhaps I'll have a little snack later on."
Grade: C+/B- (6.5)
December 14, 2012
just ok B movie or since its 1970, drive-in movie fare.
June 5, 2012
Count Yorga, Vampire was originally written as a soft core porn film and while there are slight hints of this left in the flick, (and some prints are actually called The Loves Of Count Yorga, Vampire) star Robert Quarry (Yorga) refused to do the movie unless it was done as a straight horror. And while this 1970 cult classic does have a bit of a reputation, it is actually a bit talky and tame by today's standards. Quarry plays Bulgarian vampire Count Yorga who has moved to L.A. and set his fangs on a group of friends by assimilating himself into the group by dating one's mother who then mysteriously dies (mysteriously...cough,cough). He then gains their trust by trying to consol her daughter with a seance. Soon, one by one, the count goes after the women of the group to start his vampire harem. It's up to the men, along with a doctor friend, to stop him. Quarry makes a good vampire here, he is handsome and mysterious and can exude a calm menace when Yorga needs to be threatening but, he isn't given all that much to do as there is a lot of scenes with characters sitting around talking and very little actual action. Quarry is definitely key in making the scenes that are effective work especially when the film finally picks up a bit in the last act. But, the rest of the cast is rather bland and I thought it was really odd that the first character to suggest the work of a vampire, is the doctor who, as a man of science, should be the most skeptical. Also amusing is how quickly the rest go along with it. The film is directed in a pedestrian manner by writer/ director Bob Kelljan (Scream, Blacula, Scream) and while he does give us some effective scenes, (the cat, the last act in Yorga's mansion) in general the film could have used a bit more atmosphere, tension and good old fashioned scares. Yorga is classified by some as a classic 70s horror flick and it does have that nostalgic charm but, there were other 70s vampire flicks like Blacula and Night Stalker that just have more bite.
EXTRA TRIVIA: in a move that echos some of today's big studio decisions, Yorga had a number of gore scenes removed to get a PG rating and reach a larger audience. Today on DVD, those scenes are restored and the film is now rated, ironically, PG-13.
December 20, 2011
this started life as a porn script. But then veteran TV personality and cheapo American knock off of Udo Kier, Robert Quarry, got involved and desexed the whole thing. In place of the jiggling willies, we are treated to a gruesome meal of a kitten, a lot of ponderous dialogue, and a doctor who does not even wait to finish an exam to light up a cigarette. Ah, the filthy 70s. Oh there is still plenty of sex. Especially in a van. Which I am told was a big thing back then. The truly creepy stuff in here that makes the movie memorable and effective? The high screeching soundtrack when Yorga attacks. The dead eyes of Donna and the made up overbite of Brudah. All amazing. Plus Michael Murphy (Cloak and Dagger, X Men Return, and a Batman movie)!
August 1, 2011
Excellent drive-in movie, maybe the best. The movie is just stylishly clever and inspired many copy cats due to its box-office success as a low-budget drive-in film and even had the hammer films bring back Dracula... again. The movie is pretty honest and the performances are good, especially by our two stars Robert Quarry and Roger Perry.
February 24, 2011
Ive seen a fair amount of vampire movies that have come down the pike & mostly my enjoyment is based on the main vampire. Robert Quarry is alright but he sure as hell isn't Bela Lugosi, Christpher Lee or even Jonathan Frid from House of Dark Shadows. It's not all his fault though. The script is written in such a way that his adversaries aren't too bright. To try to trick him into revealing he's a vampire you get confrontation dialogue like 'Do you believe in werewolves?..well do you believe in vampires?'..yes? well shit then you have confirmed our suspicions! It just made me snicker more then anything else. It does have moments though like when some chick is munching on a kitten. Gruesome but made me laugh (& throw up in my mouth a little bit)
December 23, 2010
it's a Horror film of all time.
|Gordon Franklin Terry Sr||
February 7, 2010
CLASSIC SATURDAY AFTERNOON HORROR MOVIE FROM CREATURE DOUBLE FEATURE that used to air here in PHILADELPHIA from 1973 to 1982.
COUNT YORGA is an AWESOME VAMPIRE MOVIE (for its time of in 1970) and Robert Quarry as COUNT YORGA is one of the BEST VAMPIRE counts of the 1970s.
ROGER PERRY plays DR. HAYES.
For decades only a cut version of COUNT YORGA was available yet the DVD (and earlier, the cable-tv station CIINEMAX) uses an uncut print of COUNT YORGA entiled "THE LOVES OF COUNT IORGA"
in the aforementioned uncut print, there's more dialog and a longer scene of the dead kitten.
come to think of it, RETURN OF COUNT YORGA has more scenes and dialog as well.
Thank God for DVD and BLURAY (and CINEMAX and LASERDISC)--
all the great movies that were cut over the years are now available in extended versions; for better or for worse sometimes: sometimes the cut-version is better (like LIFEFORCE-the 90 minute version is better than the 121 minute version).
FOLLOWED BY RETURN OF COUNT YORGA
DEATHMASTER (where ROBERT QUARRY PLAYS KHORDA)
YORGA spelled backwards is "GORY" with an extra 'A'
April 6, 2009
Saw this when it first came out. Snuck in without my parents permission. I love Bella, but I was disappointed slightly.
October 27, 2008
The vampire, Count Yorga (Quarry) seemingly sets his sights (and fangs) on every woman he meets, except one, proving a historical fact: In the 1970s, vampires didn't make passes at girls who wear glasses. Meanwhile, their incredibly boring boyfriends try to save by slaying the undead fiend.
"Count Yorga, Vampire" is not a movie that's aged well. First off, while the film is more overtly eortic than any older vampire movie I've seen--reflecting the filmmakers attempt to be part of the "sexual revolution"--it's surprisingly unsexy. Also, the flat lighting of most scenes, the indifferent photography, the bland performances n the past of the cast, and complete humorlessness of the proceedings cause this to be a somewhat dull experience that picks up in the film's final 15-20 minutes where the heroes invade Count Yorga's lair and confront him and his white-nightgown-clad vampire brides.
This film features the only 1970s vampire sequence that's as unnerving as the basement scene in "Satanic Rites of Dracula"... and the scene where Dr. Hayes has his showdown with Yorga and his vampire brides is also a fabulous bit of filmmaking. Even better, the film features a surprise shock ending that actually works, a truly rare and precious thing.
Although you'll have to sit through a predictable and uninteresting first hour, the final third of "Count Yorga, Vampire" will make it worth your while. It's hardly a must-see, but if you enjoy vampire films, you can do worse than this one.
Count Yorga, Vampire (aka "The Loves of Count Iorga, Vampire")
Starring: Robert Quarry, Roger Perry, Michael MacReady, Donna Anders, Judith Lang and Michael Murphy
Director: Bob Kelljan
August 1, 2008
Creepy and effective modern day vampire flick benefits greatly from Robert Quarry's excellent performance (he's on par with Lugosi and Lee... yes, he's THAT good).
December 30, 2007
might see it one day
September 26, 2006
Not interested. I generally avoid horror movies.
August 11, 2007