Count Yorga, Vampire Reviews
"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.
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)
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.
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'