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Count Yorga, Vampire (1970)

A couple invites an émigré to conduct a seance for the girl's recently deceased mother, unaware he is a vampire.

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Sixties couples Michael and Donna and Paul and Erica become involved with the intense Count Yorga at a Los Angeles séance, the Count having latterly been involved with Donna's just-dead mother. After taking the Count home, Paul and Erica are waylaid, and next day a listless Erica is diagnosed by their doctor as having lost a lot of blood. When she is later found feasting on the family cat the doctor becomes convinced vampirism is at work, and that its focus is Count Yorga and his large isolated house. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Rated PG-13 for vampire violence/gore and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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17 December 1970 (Australia)  »

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The Loves of Count Iorga, Vampire  »

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$64,000 (estimated)
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The movie was originally conceived as a low-budget, soft-core, porno film with the title was "The Loves of Count Lorga, Vampire!" Later however the decision was made to film it as a regular horror movie with the less erotic "Count Yorga, Vampire!" title. This name change explains the poor animation of the phrase "Count Yorga" in the title as it now appears on-screen. The original title (and original Lorga spelling) had been restored by the 1990's, but all prints were identical to the original 1970 release. Apparently no additional footage survives from its original erotic premise. See more »

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after Marsha Jordan is staked, she is off camera but the stake is still in view and you can see it moving back and forth as the actress breathes in and out. See more »

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Narrator: A vampire, in ancient belief, was a malignant spirit who when the earth lost its sunlight rose nightly from its dark grave to suck blood from the throats of the living. Its powers were many. It could see in the dark, which was no small ability in a world half-veiled from light. Its hypnotic skills baffled the domain of science. It was of a cunning more than mortal, for its cunning was a growth of ages, since it could not die by the mere passing of time. It had to have been by a wooden stake ...
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Pretty good
10 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Count Yorga (Robert Quarry), a vampire, comes from Bulgaria to 1970 Los Angeles and starts making a coven of beautiful female vampires. Will their boyfriends be able to stop him?

This was a huge hit in 1970 because it was the first modern vampire film. Up until then all vampire films had been set in Europe in the 1800s or early 1900s. This was the first vampire film set in modern day. Still it isn't a great film. It was originally shot with soft core sex scenes which were (pretty obviously) edited out and it was turned into a sleazy PG rated film. It was made on a very low budget (it shows) and suffers from some horrible 1970s fashions and dialogue. Also the makeup on the female vampires is pretty poor. Still this isn't a total disaster either.

The script is actually pretty intelligent considering this was a fairly rushed production. The acting is good--especially by Quarry who makes an imposing vampire. Very subtle performance but he handles the violent scenes quite well too. It moves at a fairly quick pace and has a great bloody climax--pretty extreme for a PG film. This won't impress audiences like it did in 1970 but it's still not that bad.

The 2000 video version I have has "Yorga" spelled as "Iorga".


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