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“The blood of these whores is killing me.” Why don’t you have a salad instead? If only they have the right vegetables. Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they finally fulfill their dream of seeing Blood for Dracula (1974), aka Andy Warhol’s Dracula!
Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 158 – Blood for Dracula (1974)
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An ailing vampire count travels to Italy with his servant to find a bride.IMDb
- Director: Paul Morrissey
- Writers: Paul Morrissey; Bram Stoker (character); Pat Hackett (uncredited)
- Special Effects: Carlo Rambaldi
- Selected cast:
- Udo Kier as Count Dracula
- Joe Dallesandro as Mario Balato, the worker
- Arno Jürging as Anton, Dracula’s manservant
- Vittorio de Sica as Il Marchese di Fiore
- Maxime McKendry as La Marchesa di Fiore
- Milena Vukotic as Esmeralda
- Dominique Darel as Saphiria
- Stefania Casini as Rubinia
- Silvia Dionisio as Perla
- Roman Polanski (uncredited) as man in tavern
Having never seen Blood for Dracula, you can’t really blame Jeff for picking it as this episode’s topic, right? He found the film to be boring, the nude scenes to be unerotic, the humor to be unfunny, and the dialogue to be just plain dumb. He is, however, reminded of the “Sprockets” sketches on Saturday Night Live and the Black Knight scene in Month Python and the Holy Grail (1975). Doc had always wanted to see Blood for Dracula and thought it would be awesome, … but it’s not. The dialogue is atrocious and features what may be the worst hero ever seen on film. At the same time, he loves it in a weird sort of way because it is so stupid and so dumb. The version of a vampire portrayed by Udo Kier in Blood for Dracula is Bill’s favorite! His manservant bosses him around and Dracula just takes it. He’s absolutely pathetic. Chad found no redeeming qualities whatsoever in Blood for Dracula. Terrible dialogue. No campiness. No comedy. Just no!
If, like the 1970s Grue-Crew, you have always wanted to see Blood for Dracula (Andy Warhol’s Dracula), you’re in luck! At the time of this writing, it is available to stream from Shudder and on physical media as a 3-Disc Special Edition [4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + CD] from Severin, just released on January 25, 2022.
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror two-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In two weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be A Boy and His Dog (1975), chosen by Bill. Harlan Ellison and Don Johnson everyone!
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