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Blood for Dracula

Blood for Dracula
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Paul Morrissey
Produced by Andrew Braunsberg
Andy Warhol
Jean Yanne
Screenplay by Paul Morrissey
Uncredited:
Pat Hackett
Based on Dracula 
by Bram Stoker
Starring Joe Dallesandro
Udo Kier
Vittorio De Sica
Music by Claudio Gizzi[1]
Cinematography Luigi Kuveiller
Edited by Franca Silvi
Credited in US cut:
Jed Johnson
Production
company
Distributed by Bryanston Distributing (US)
Euro International Film (Italy)
Release dates
  • 27 November 1974 (1974-11-27) (United States)
  • 22 January 1975 (1975-01-22) (France)
  • 14 August 1975 (1975-08-14) (Italy)
Running time
103 minutes[2]
99 minutes[3] (Edited cut)
Country Italy
France
Language English

Blood for Dracula (Italian: Dracula cerca sangue di vergine e...mori di sete!!!, literally "Dracula is searching for virgins' blood, and... he's dying of thirst!") is a 1974 Italian-French horror film written and directed by Paul Morrissey and produced . Shortly after arriving in Italy, Dracula befriends Marchese di Fiore (De Sica), an pecunious Italian landowner who, with a lavish estate falling into decline, willing to marry off all the daughters are virgins and drinks the blood of the two who are considered marriageable. However, their tainted blood reveals to him the truth and makes him even weaker. Nevertheless, he is able to turn the two girls into his telepathic slaves.


Soon fter the Marchese Di Fiore travels out of Italy to pay his great debts, Mario discovers that Dracula is a vampirreat debts, Mario discovers that Dracula is a vampire and what he has done to the Di Fiore sisters. When he realizes the danger Drahe Di Fiore sisters. When he realizes the danger Dracula poses to the youngest daughter, he rapes her to achieve her protection. Mario warns Di Fiore's wife, La Marchesa Di Fiore, about Dracula's plan. Meanwhile Dracula has drunk the blood of the eldest daughter, turning her into a vampire and gaining strength. Marchesa confronts, and is stabbed by, Anton, om she shoots and kills before dying. Mario dismembers Dracula with an xe kills him and the eldest Di Fiore daughter with a stake, becoming the de facto master and manager of the estate.

Cast

Production

The film was shot on locations in Italy and was partly improvised, as the filming of Flesh for Frankenstein by the same team had been quicker and less costly than expected. Because Roman Polański was shooting What? in Italy on a set nearby, he was asked to do a cameo in Blood for Dracula. He played as a gambling guest in a pub.[5] It can be noticed he wears the same mustache in both films.

While some Italian prints reportedly give second unit director Antonio Margheriti credit as director of the film, Kier has stated that Margheriti had nothing to do with directing the film. Kier stated that he and the other cast members received direction only from Morrissey, and noted that he never saw Margheriti on the set.[6] As a favor for producer Carlo Ponti, Margheriti agreed to take credits for free as director for the Italian release in order to help the film get funds from the government. Unfortunately, it ended up as a trial for producer and alleged director, who both lost.

Release

Blood for Dracula was initially released to theaters in a 103-minute version that was given an X rating by the MPAA due to its violence and strong sexual content/nudity; it was later cut to 94 minutes and reclassified with an R rating for re-release under the title, "Young Dracula". The original uncut version has been released on DVD several times, though it is now unrated.

Unlike the controversy over Flesh for Frankenstein, Blood for Dracula suffered much lesser cuts for its initial UK cinema release and was never listed as a "Video nasty". It was passed fully uncut for video in 1995 on the First Independent label.

Biography

See also

References

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