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Dracula Vuole Vivere: Cerca Sangue di Vergine!

Blood for Dracula
Dracula Cerca Sangue di Vergine ... e Mori di Sete / Andy Warhol's Dracula

Italy/France 1973
produced by
Carlo Ponti, Andrew Braunsberg, Jean Pierre Rassam, Andy Warhol for Compagnia Cinematografica Champion
directed by Paul Morrissey
starring Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier, Arno Juerging, Maxime McKendry, Vittorio De Sica, Milena Vukotic, Dominique Darel, Stefania Casini, Silvia Dionisio, Roman Polanski, Inna Alexeievna, Gil Cagne, Emi Califri, Eleonora Zani
written by Paul Morrissey, based on characters created by Bram Stoker, music by Claudio Gizzi, special effects by Carlo Rambaldi, second unit director: Anthony M. Dawson (= Antonio Margheriti), editing by Jed Johnson, Franca Silvi


review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Count Dracula (Udo Kier) is dieing.

The reason: To live he needs a special diet of virgin blood, but virgins in Romania are rare. So his servant Anton (Arno Juerging) decides that they should travel to Italy where the women are still devout and tell everyone the Count is looking for a wife - in order to find a virgin.

Soon enough, Dracula and Anton stumble upon a family of impoverished aristocrats, the Di Fiores, a decadent bunch where the Marchese (Vittorio De Sica) seems to have totally lost contact to real life while the Marchesa (Maxime McKendry) is hell-bent on marrying her daughters - the spinster Esmeralda (Milena Vukotic), the sluts Saphiria (Dominque Darrell) and Rubinia (Stefanie Carsini) and the innocent 14-year-old Perla (Silvia Dionisio) - off to rich aristocrats ... and when she learns about Dracula, the nobleman from the East, she immediately invites him to the family estate.

At first, the Count is introduced to Saphiria and Rubinia, but they both ahve a sexual relationship with their servant Balato (Joe Dallesandro) - who by the way is full of socialist ideas and is the first one who realizes what is happening -, so when the Count bites and vampirizes them, their blood only makes him throw up.

Soon enough, Balato rapes Perla to save her from the vampire's clutches, but when he tries to explain the danger they are in to the whole family at first they, above all the Marchesa, only turn a deaf ear towards him. And Esmeralda, now the only virgin around, even provides Dracula with the virgin blood he is needing, as a sort of sexual awakening.

Eventually though, Balato finds himself engaged in mortal combat with the Count, but Balato is armed with an axe, and before long, he has chopped off the Count's arms and legs before he proceeds to stake him. Esmeralda, seeing Dracula dead, hurls herself upon the stake sticking in his heart to die with him ...


Of the two horror parodies Paul Morrissey made in 1973 - this one and Flesh for Frankenstein -, Blood for Dracula is the less gory and easier approachable one ... and it's great fun, too, an entertaining mix of socialist ideals and vampirism (a metaphor for the upper class first used by Marx himself), gore and (soft) sex, slapstick humour and genre parody ... quite simply put, it's a great film !!!

By the way, as with Flesh for Frankenstein, direction of this film is credited by some die-hard genre fans not to Morrissey but to second unit director Antonio Margheriti - which is quite surprising, since the film clearly has the look and feel of Paul Morrissey's earlier films for Andy Warhol (especially Trash, Flesh and Heat), only in period settings while it simply does not look like an Antonio Margheriti film.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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