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Geriatric Dracula owes taxes, so he turns his castle into Hotel Transylvania. His granddaughter Nocturna, books a disco band, learns that she loves dancing and can turn mortal whenever she dances and moves to NY to get a life and find love.
This softcore-disco-vampire flick has pretty much been forgotten to time but for fans of John Carradine it will give you the final chance of seeing the legendary actor playing Count Dracula. In the film he must travel to New York City from Transylvania because his great-granddaughter Nocturna (Nai Bonet) has fallen in love with a drummer from a disco band and she wants to marry him and live life as a normal girl. I'm not sure who would think that a film like this would have been wanted even in 1979 but star Bonet apparently put up all the money to get the film in the can. This is a pretty bizarre little movie that's only going to appeal to those who enjoy campy horror-comedies. I'd be lying if I said I understood what the point was but if you sit back and just take things for what they are then this here isn't too bad. I'll say right up front that I'm not a fan of disco music so I found the extended dance sequences to be rather hard to sit through and I found the music incredibly annoying. The soundtrack includes Gloria Gaynor, Vicki Sue Robinson and Moment of Truth but none of the songs really jumped out at me and there's no question you won't get them confused with the work of the Bee Gees. What does work in the film is some rather nice humor including some bizarre dialogue including one scene where Dracula is complaining that he has to wear denture-fangs and then talks about his younger days when the women would tell him that his fangs were "hung like a walrus". We even get some more funny lines with Carradine delivering them at a high speed and this just adds to the entertainment. Speaking of Carradine, you gotta give the man credit for appearing in a film like this, obviously just picking up some cash, yet giving it all he has. At times he seems like he doesn't know what the heck all the disco stuff is but he's still going through all the motions and ends up turning in a rather memorable performance. Fans of Carradine will want to check this one out since it was his last time playing Dracula and sure enough it's just as strange as his BILLY THE KID VS. Dracula. Mrs. Munster herself Yvonne De Carlo plays a vampire named Jugulia and appears to be having a blast. Bonet was speaking her second language apparently and this certain effects her performance but I still found her to be rather charming in the part. I thought she did a good job getting across her "desire" to be human and I thought she worked well with both Carradine and De Carlo. Not only did Bonet star and put up the money but she also write the screenplay, which as I said features some pretty clever lines but she would have done herself a favor had she cut down on the dance sequences as well as got a director who could have handled the pacing better. I'm guessing at first thing film couldn't be sold so they had to spice things up a bit so we're got quite a bit of nudity including some full-frontal stuff. The most shocking scene is also one of the most gratuitous nude scenes in history and that has Bonet taking a hot bubble bath where she's constantly bend over in front of the camera while she rubs herself down. This sequence runs at least five minutes and is reason enough to track down a copy of this film. NOCTURNA isn't going to be considered a lost masterpiece but it's a shame this hasn't had a legit release because there's enough charm here to make it worth viewing.
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