Drive-In Dust Offs: Count Yorga, Vampire (1970)

As the ‘60s gave way to the ‘70s, vampires on film were stuck in a rut of crumbling castles and cotton candy cobwebs. It was time for an update; to rid the screen of the stagecoaches and street lamps. It was time for Count Yorga, Vampire (1970), a fun little romp brought into the modern age by a world class turn from Robert Quarry as the titular bloodsucker.

Yorga was released by American International Pictures (we’re back in Aip territory – and it’s a glorious place to be) in June stateside, with a rollout around the world shortly thereafter. But that wasn’t the easiest thing to do; the filmmakers had to submit Yorga a few times to the MPAA to achieve their desired rating – a Gp (equivalent to a PG at the time), which they eventually received. And wouldn’t you know it? The film was very successful, especially on the drive-in circuit.
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Eye In The Sky – The Review

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Gavin Hood showed a talent for handling complex issues with brilliant skill in “Tsotsie,” a film about a small-time thug that was both a thriller and a balanced exploration of the intersection of crime, poverty and AIDS in South Africa’s slums. Now the South African director brings that knack for taut thrillers with nuance, balance and humanity to the morally murky subject of drone warfare, in Eye In The Sky.

Hood takes a neutral tone in this gripping thriller, where a joint British and American mission to capture a British national, who has become an Islamic terrorist leader in Kenyan, is complicated when their remote surveillance, the “eye in the sky,” reveals a suicide bomber mission in progress. The unexpected discovery seems to change the mission from capture to kill, but that decision is debated between politicians, diplomats, military leaders across international lines, in a
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Count Yorga, Vampire | Blu-ray Review

Before grindhouse director Bob Kelljan turned exclusively to television by the late 1970s, he had accidentally carved out a small triptych of derivative American vampire flicks, beginning with his first solo effort, 1970’s Count Yorga, Vampire. The actor turned director initially starred in his first co-directed effort, the incest drama Flesh of My Flesh (1969), but the success of his Dracula rip-off would carry on to a 1971 sequel before assuming duties for the Blaxploitation sequel Scream Blacula Scream (1973). Initially conceived as a soft-core porno, Kelljan eventually crafted this into a sort of Bram Stoker parody, although not everyone involved in the production seemed to be aware of this.

With his coffin arriving on a boat, Count Yorga (Robert Quarry) is relocated to modern day Los Angeles where he poses as a medium, holding swank séances at parties conceived by bored suburbanites. He’s invited to Donna’s (Donna Anders) home to
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Fango Flashback: “The Return Of Count Yorga”

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Fango Flashback: “The Return Of Count Yorga”
Just a year after being impaled in the heart and turning to dust, the undead Romanian vampire came back in American International Pictures’ The Return Of Count Yorga, a largely superior sequel to 1970’s Count Yorga, Vampire (see Fango Flashback here). Strangely, no effort is made by the filmmakers (including returning director Bob Kelljan, who co-wrote the follow-up with actress Yvonne Wilder) to explain just how Yorga (Robert Quarry again in his most famous role) actually returns to life; ditto, his ugly valet Brudah (Edward Walsh), who we last saw being stabbed to death in his master’s mansion. In Return, they just show up for this second go-round of cultured vampire shenanigans.
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