“Blood for Dracula”: Dracula licking the ground

Unclassifiable, poorly directed, controversial, with brilliant moments… that’s right blood for draculaa film directed by Paul Morrissey, director famous for having shot a series of films known for their low budget and provocative intentions in the 1960s and 1970s, in which elements such as drug addiction and unbridled sexuality stood out (in all senses, even in the negative). In fact, morseywas part of the circle of Andy Warhol and he was a disciple of all this type of cinema Trashwhere he undoubtedly ended up surpassing his teacher in originality.



Review of ‘Blood for Dracula’

Data sheet

Title: blood for dracula
Original title: Dracula near blood di vergine… e morì di sete!!!

Distribution:
Joe Dalesandro (Mario Balato – the servant)
Udo Kier (Count Dracula)
Arno Juerging (Anton – the count’s servant)
Maxim McKendry (The Marchioness DiFiore)
Milena Vukotic (Emerald)
Dominic Darel (sapphire)
Stefania Casini (Rubinia)
Silvia Dionisio (Pearl)
Vittorio De Sica (The Marquis DiFiore)
Roman Polansky (man in tavern)

Year: 1974
Duration: 103 minutes
Country: Italy
Director: Paul Morrissey
Script: Paul Morrissey. Character: bram stoker
Photography: Luigi Kuveiller
Music: Claudio Gizzi
Gender: Terror. vampires
Distributor:

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Synopsis

Spiritual sequel to “Meat for Frankenstein“, which brings back to Andy Warhol in production with the director Paul Morrissey and the actor udo kier. An essential double session for horror lovers.

Count Dracula knows that if he does not drink the blood of young virgins, he will have to remain forever in his coffin. Antón, his assistant, suggests that he travel to Italy, a very Catholic country where it will be easier for him to find virgins. There he meets a family with four daughters of marriageable age, but they will not turn out to be as pure as they seem. Meanwhile, Mario Balato, an attractive man with communist ideas, suspects the Count and watches him. Dracula will have to find out which of the girls is really a virgin because time is running out. (filmin)

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The Monster Duology

More specifically blood for dracula forms part of a duology in which Paul Morrissey review two myths of terror: Frankenstein (1973) and blood for dracula (1974), both shot just one year apart (of course we can already assume that the budget and planning were not the strong point). In both the intentions of morsey are clear, pervert the myth and pass them through their controversial filter. Although without a doubt, the one dedicated to Dracula is the most interesting, because despite its many flaws, the work also has brilliant moments, which rise above the best moments of the B series of the seventies.

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the sex vampire

Yes, Dracula has always had a sexual component. But in the movie Paul Morrissey this exceeds any previous work, and at times comes close to erotic cinema, which at that time was a cinematographic genre by itself (not like now). The main character is the director’s favorite actor, Joe Dallesandrowho plays a vampire who this time can only feed on blood…from virgins (other people’s doesn’t suit him).

The characterization of Dracula is that of an affected character, who responds very much to the stereotype of the typical drug addict that he had already presented morsey in his movies underground. He is a weak being, who at no time commands respect, but on the contrary, inspires pity in a certain sense, despite the fact that he is absolutely insane.

Travel to Italia

Since there are no more virgins in Romania, Dracula decides to move with his servant, played by udo kier (neither more nor less) to Italy, because being a fervently Catholic country, the count thinks that it must be full of virgins, and seeks to marry one. And there he meets a family of four daughters, who welcomes him because he is a count and has money. But will the daughters be virgins? Practically in the prologue he already anticipates that times have changed and that of waiting for marriage as a virgin is no longer very fashionable.

The point is that the locations must indeed be from an Italian villa, but it is also noticeable that the budget of blood for dracula is limited, because the entire film takes place in practically the same locations. We also realize that Paul Morrissey has limited talent, and does not respect film conventions. The camera continually moves by mistake, sometimes as if the person holding it had Parkinson’s. As for the dialogues, there are some that are so embarrassing that at times it gives the feeling of watching a parody movie of Leslie Nielsen. It is not in the “classical” rules the strong point of blood for dracula.

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Sex, perversion and pederasty

The power of blood for dracula falls on the strength of some sequences and images, which are very powerful (and some certainly unpleasant). This bloodthirsty Dracula, which in reality is also a parable of the drug addict, is perfectly reflected in bestial sequences, such as the moment in which he eats the bread dipped in the blood of a girl or even when he licks the spilled blood of the hymen of the rocíen raped virgin, in a sequence that is, of course, as controversial as it is shocking. And to all of these, whenever Dracula sucks blood from a victim, they seem to have an orgasm (obviously Paul Morrissey who is not a director very fond of complex metaphors could not let go of something so striking).

blood for dracula is an almost hallucinatory journey, in which it is clear that morsey he is more interested in these single images than in the film’s own meaning. However, at the same time we could ask ourselves… Is this just a provocative game, a simple attack on traditional morality? The film also leaves the viewer with a bad aftertaste, because not only are there sexual sequences of all kinds, but also discourses close to pederasty and rape are included. In this regard, it must be taken into account that blood for dracula It is not suitable for all audiences.

Conclusion of ‘Blood for Dracula’

blood for dracula It’s like transferring to the cinema all the artistic transgressions of the seventies. Like seeing the works of Grupo Fluxus or the Italian poverists in motion, only mixed with a myth like Dracula.

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“Blood for Dracula”: Dracula licking the ground