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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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Dashing, 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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Details

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 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: Superstition?
[laughs maniacally]
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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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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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