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Dracula in the Provinces (1975)

Il cav. Costante Nicosia demoniaco, ovvero: Dracula in Brianza (original title)
A boorish, snobish toothpaste factory owner, Constantino Nicosia, gives his wife and everyone a hard time having let success and wealth go to his head. But after the superticous Nicosia has... See full summary »

Director:

Lucio Fulci

Writers:

Mario Amendola (screenplay), Pupi Avati (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lando Buzzanca ... Costante Nicosia
Rossano Brazzi ... Dr. Paluzzi
Sylva Koscina ... Mariù - wife of Costante
Moira Orfei ... Bestia Assatanata
Christa Linder ... Liù Pederzoli
John Steiner ... Count Dragulescu
Francesca Romana Coluzzi ... Wanda Torsello
Grazia Di Marzà ... Prostitute
Antonio Allocca Antonio Allocca ... Peppino
Grazia Spadaro Grazia Spadaro ... Aunt Maria
Franco Nebbia ... Meniconi
Michele Cimarosa Michele Cimarosa ... Salvatore Cannata
Giampaolo Rossi Giampaolo Rossi ... Brother-in-Law
Ciccio Ingrassia ... Salvatore, the Wizard of Noto
Valentina Cortese ... Olghina Franchetti
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A boorish, snobish toothpaste factory owner, Constantino Nicosia, gives his wife and everyone a hard time having let success and wealth go to his head. But after the superticous Nicosia has an encounter with an elderly gypsy aunt, and a business trip to Romania results in another encounter with a suave vampire, named Count Dragalescu, Nicosia returns with blood-sucking like qualities which makes him re-examine his life and existence. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy

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Right after principal shootiung for Four of the Apocalypse was complete, director Lucio Fulci began working on a new comedy film the vein of Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein. The film's screenplay included the comedy screenwriting team of Bruno Corbucci and Mario Amendola as well as Pupi Avati. Fulci has stated that Avati's contribution to the screenplay was only a few pages, specifically the trip to Romania, but not the trip to the night club. The dialogue in the film was revised to make it more spontaneous by Enzo Jannacci and Giuseppe Viola. See more »

Quotes

Costante Nicosia: [to his wife] I always have good luck with things that rhyme with the letter 'u', EXCEPT YOU!
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Lady Pamela
Written and Performed by Franco Bixio, Fabio Frizzi and Vince Tempera with Orchestra
Sung by Franco Nebbia
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Horror and sex comedy; one of Fulci's most bizarre films
2 April 2008 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Like most Italian directors active in the seventies, Lucio Fulci tried his hand in most the popular film genres at the time, and this film is one of his attempts at making a sex comedy; not a horror film that most fans will be used to (and probably expect, considering the title). It's actually his second attempt after The Eroticist in 1972 which I am yet to see. Fulci is obviously best known as a horror director, and he's actually brought that into the sex comedy genre as this film is sort of a 'horror sex comedy', although the focus is more on the sex and the comedy than the horror. I've seen a number of Fulci's non-horror films and while some of them are decent, most remind me why the great director usually stuck to horror; but this film is actually quite good. The plot focuses on a man named Constantino Nicosia; the snobby owner of a toothpaste factory. He seems to enjoy treating his employees badly, and his wife doesn't get treat much better either. This changes when Constantino has a run-in with an elderly aunt who curses him. He then goes on a business trip to Romania and has an encounter with a vampire...

I'm quite a big fan of this type of film. Unfortunately, we don't get treated to sex comedy favourite Edwige Fenech here - but even so, Dracula in the Provinces is a thoroughly enjoyable and actually quite imaginative sex comedy. In some ways, it's a shame that this film is a sex comedy rather than a serious horror film as Fulci's film does include a number of good ideas and twists on the classic vampire tale. The way that the central character is confused at first and initially thinks he might be gay is amusing and well played out, and while the comedy is always rampant; his change into vampirism is well done. This type of film largely relies on set pieces and this one features a number of those too; a scene towards the end with a dominatrix being one of the most memorable. The strangest twist in the film is the fact that there is a social commentary included too. Considering the type of film, it is naturally out of place; but it adds another element to an already bizarre cult film. I would not particularly recommend this to gorehounds that love Fulci for the likes of The Beyond and Zombie Flesh-Eaters; but any fan of Italian movies or Fulci completist will no doubt find lots to like here.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

21 August 1975 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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$643,333
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Mono

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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