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 ... 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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Trivia

American International Pictures had planned to revive Count Yorga as an adversary for the abominable Dr. Phibes in the film "Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)" (1972). While this plan was eventually dropped actor Robert Quarry (who plays Count Yorga) did appear in the film as Darrus Biederbeck. He also went on to costar with Vincent Price and Peter Cushing in "Madhouse" (1974). 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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Alternate Versions

According to Stephen Farber's book "The Movie Ratings Game", when American-International Pictures initially submitted this film to the MPAA for a rating, the ratings board split as to whether to give it an X or R rating. AIP insisted on a GP (later renamed to PG) rating. The film ended up going before the ratings board six times. In order to secure a GP rating for the film, AIP ended up cutting several minutes out of the film for excessive gore and sexuality, and changes in the soundtrack were made to lessen the impact of other violent scenes that remained in the film. See more »

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Referenced in The Return of Count Yorga (1971) See more »

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Very innovative for its time
7 May 2001 | by mleeperSee all my reviews

At the time this film was made, vampires were almost always slow and hypnotic. This was really the first vampire film that treated them as swift and animalistic. That made this film surprisingly effective. It was even more surprising since it was originally supposed to be a pornographic vampire film called THE LOVES OF COUNT IORGA. It is flawed, but I still think it is the most effective vampire film I have ever seen. And I have seen quite a few.


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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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Erica Productions Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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