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BLOOD FOR DRACULA (1974) – Episode 158 – Decades of Horror 1970s

“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.


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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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.