Blood for Dracula
1974, Horror, 1h 33m16 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings
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Critic Reviews for Blood for Dracula
Morrisey long showed that his films, although more implicit in sex, drugs and characterizations, were really Hollywood films at the core.
One of the two schlocky horror comedies Paul Morrissey made in Italy in 1974... Blood for Dracula is the sexier and funnier.
Often startlingly beautiful to look at.February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Not quite as much fun as Frankenstein, but wonderful to look at, with some great jokes - including the myriad of accents displayed by members of the cast. However, as fun as it is at times, it can't compare with Bela Lugosi.December 11, 2019 | Full Review…
Stylishly directed, atmospheric, funny, and intense enough to please gorehounds--especially at the climax.October 19, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Outrageous, hilarious and shocking, this is trash art at its very best.
Audience Reviews for Blood for Dracula
Apr 20, 2016Relatively speaking, it's a better film than Paul Morrissey's previous film "Flesh for Frankenstein" but ultimately "Blood for Dracula" suffers from a poor script, poor acting and poor direction. Count Dracula is weak and dying and he needs the blood of a virgin, so he travels to Italy and finds a family on the verge of bankruptcy with four daughters looking for a wealthy suitor. Surprise cameo by director Roman Polanski and Vittorio De Sica.Joseph B Super Reviewer
Jul 29, 2012Paul Morrissey's "Blood for Dracula" is a campy, entertaining romp of gore, sex and willful overacting. Unlike most vampires, Udo Kier's Count Dracula is a sweaty, sickly waif who wouldn't scare a child if not for his huge, piercing eyes and intense manner. His attendant Anton (Arno Juerging) is actually more intimidating and is quite capable of pushing his master around. This Dracula only craves the necks of virgins (infamously pronounced "where-gins" in Kier's heavy German accent) and, in fact, "impure" blood makes him grotesquely regurgitate. He has worn out his welcome in his Romanian homeland, so he and Anton journey to Italy, counting on Catholic chastity to yield great rewards. They soon stop at the manor of the Marquis DiFore (legendary director Vittoria de Sica), who is blessed with four lithe, beautiful daughters. The family's finances have seen better days, so the Marquis and his wife (Maxime McKendry) are eager to hear the wealthy Count's cover story about seeking a mate. Dracula begins screening the daughters, but does not realize the two most eligible ones are casual libertines who are steadily ravaged by the estate handyman Mario (Joe Dallesandro, of course). The dire results of the Count's "taste tests" are ridiculous, bounding over the line between horror and perverse comedy. The youngest daughter may be just what he's looking for, but Mario -- a surly Communist who views the girls as "meat" even more than the Count does --- also has his eyes on her. Meanwhile, he and the Marquis are developing suspicions about the Count and his precious coffin (allegedly carrying the remains of a loved one). "Blood for Dracula" (sometimes called "Andy Warhol's Dracula" to milk the notoriety of its co-producer) was originally rated "X" but does not seem so shocking today -- the most explicit moments are a shot of Dallesandro's thrusting buttocks and a full-frontal view of a girl standing in a bathtub. The climax is gruesome, but no Monty Python fan will be able to keep a straight face. The script's political resonances are not as strong as Morrissey hopes, but photogenic women, elegant decor and dramatic lighting add up to a lovely-looking film with plenty of sensory titillation. And don't miss director Roman Polanski's unexpected, amusing cameo.Eric B Super Reviewer
Oct 29, 2011Superior to Flesh For Frankenstein, this is a great second film for Paul Morrisey's horror double feature. There are some truly amazing images in this one. Udo Kier is perfect as Dracula.Graham J Super Reviewer
Sep 10, 2009Great photography, Udo Kier a pale, anemic villian, Arno Juerging his assistant, marvelously balancing ludicrous dialogue with deadpan earnestness. Tour-de-force performance from Vittorio de Sica as the Marquis Di Fiore with Maxime McKendry as Lady Di Fiore.hawk l Super Reviewer
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