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Count Yorga, Vampire (1970)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 12 June 1970 (USA)
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A couple invites a Count from Hungary, who recently immigrated to America, to conduct a seance for the woman's recently deceased mother, oblivious to the fact that he is actually a vampire.

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Bob Kelljan

Writer:

Bob Kelljan
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Quarry ... Count Yorga
Roger Perry ... Dr. James 'Jim' Hayes
Michael Murphy ... Paul
Michael Macready Michael Macready ... Michael 'Mike' Thompson
Donna Anders Donna Anders ... Donna
Judy Lang Judy Lang ... Erica Landers (as Judith Lang)
Edward Walsh Edward Walsh ... Brudah
Julie Conners Julie Conners ... Cleo
Paul Hansen Paul Hansen ... Peter
Sybil Scotford Sybil Scotford ... Judy
Marsha Jordan Marsha Jordan ... Donna's Mother
Deborah Darnell Deborah Darnell ... Vampire Woman
George Macready ... Narration (voice)
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Storyline

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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Tall, Dark, And Deadly. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Loves of Count Iorga, Vampire See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$64,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Erica Productions Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Erica is discovered eating her pet cat was accomplished by slathering a sedated kitten with canned lasagna. See more »

Goofs

While Erica is receiving her blood transfusion, the valve in the IV line is not switched back and forth between the draw and the push of blood, thus the blood is only ever being drawn out and pushed back into the same person. See more »

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Count Yorga: Doctor Hayes, what an unexpected surprise.
Dr. James Hayes: Yes, so much so that I almost had a massive coronory.
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Not bad at all--and it stacks up quite well compared to the Hammer Dracula films
17 May 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I was a bit surprised by this rather low budget 1970s incarnation of vampire films. That's because around this same time period, vampire films were getting a bit stale and silly--with too many Hammer Dracula films (the franchise was getting weaker due to so many sequels) as well as dumb films like OLD Dracula and the Blacula films (which weren't terrible, but they sure were silly). However, despite my fear that this would be another stale film, this one turned out to be better than average and well worth a look. While only a nut would compare this to the greatness of Dracula or NOSFERATU, it still is a decent example of the franchise.

Before talking about the plot, there was something odd I noticed and that was how sexy the film was and it looked, at times, like it was a soft-core porno movie. However, again and again when it looked like it was going that direction, the movie abruptly changed direction--sometimes as if scenes were edited out to make this a film for general viewing. I checked IMDb for this and was not at all surprised to find that this was indeed the case. For example, a lesbian sex scene seemed about to occur--then the scene just ended. In another case, a woman was wearing a very revealing nightgown and began a very torrid scene with Iorga (there were two spellings in the film) and this just ended as well. There was also a very gratuitous scene involving a couple making love in a van for absolutely no reason--but again, with creative editing you really didn't see anything! As a result, the film is still quite sexy--but also one you could probably still let your teens watch.

Iorga/Yorga lives in the Los Angeles area in a house that looks more like a castle than a house. Even in crazy L.A., this house was definitely out of place! The film begins with his having a séance with three couples and it's soon apparent that the Count has magical hypnotic powers. Soon, it also becomes rather obvious that the Count is a heterosexual vampire--with strong desires for the three women but only a desire to kill off the men.

Many elements are taken from Dracula--even including a Dr. Helsing-like character. Despite the familiarity, the decent acting and nice update of the old tale make this worth a look. Plus the performance by the guy playing the Count was pretty cool.


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