Thursday, October 23, 2014

Count Yorga, Vampire (1970)

I was expecting Count Yorga, Vampire (a.k.a. The Loves of Count Iorga, Vampire) to be more cheesy than creepy, but the opposite turned out to be true. This is a serious, straightforward take on the classic Dracula story, with Robert Quarry making an excellent Count Yorga. The movie opens on a pretty decent seance scene, where the Count demonstrates his old world charm and mystically philosophizing nature. Just the type of vampire who can seduce his victims, and not have to attack them out of the dark like a monster. There's also a pretty tense standoff when the lead protagonists (mainly the boyfriends of the girls being seduced by Yorga) are trying to keep the Count up until sunrise on the mere suspicion that he may be a vampire. It's a pretty conventional Dracula story, but it constructs a pretty effective atmosphere.

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