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Blood for Dracula (1974)

Joe Dallesandro , Udo Kier , Paul Morrissey  |  X |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier, Vittorio De Sica, Maxime McKendry, Arno Juerging
  • Directors: Paul Morrissey
  • Writers: Paul Morrissey, Bram Stoker, Pat Hackett
  • Producers: Andrew Braunsberg, Andy Warhol, Jean Yanne, Jean-Pierre Rassam
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: X (Mature Audiences Only)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2005
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A59Q46
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,240 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blood for Dracula" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Newly remastered, high-definition transfer
  • Commentary by Paul Morrissey and Udo Kier
  • New audio recollections from Paul Morrissey
  • Screen tests and still gallery

Editorial Reviews

Paul Morrissey's brash mixture of humor, horror and sex is a bitingly funny satire of modern values--and a revelation to fans of the horror film. In "Blood for Dracula," the infamous count searches Italy for "pure" blood. Criterion presents the long-suppressed director's cut of this outrageous cult classic. "Presented" by Andy Warhol.

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wanna hold ya til the fear in me subsides. November 15, 2003
The strength of this otherwise unfortunate movie is Udo Kier's sterling portrayal of Count Dracula. Envision, if you will, Count Dracula sitting lethargically before a baroque vanity mirror, generously painting black dye over his hoary white hair with a brush large enough to swipe a gutter. This chilling, haunting, otherworldly scene sets the tone for all that follows. Faced with doom and obscurity, Dracula must leave his moribund abode and embark on a secret quest to secure the wirgin blood required to maintain his eternal existence. He must lamentably say farewell to his sister, and then board the family car with chauffeur/evil toady Anton for a lengthy road trip.

Operation: 'Wirgin Blood' has now begun.

Eventually Dracula is directed to a large estate, where an aged farmer has in his care a whole stable of absolutely hideous daughters. (It should be mentioned that this film's continuity is backwards or inverted, not unlike that of the Crime Syndicate of Amerika; e.g.: hideous daughters are super-hot; Count Dracula, Prince of Darkness, is powerless; the movie's hero is a lowlife Communist/rapist.) The father invites Dracula into his once-lavish home, and proudly confirms the fact that all of his daughters are in fact good, wholesome, corn-fed wirgins. Count Dracula begins to stalk his prey one by one...

How does the 'Udo Kier' Dracula differ from the conceptual Dracula?

(A) 'Udo' Dracula not only lacks superhuman strength and reflexes, but lacks even the vigor required to fight a frail wine-addled captive wirgin into submission.

(B) 'Udo' Dracula has no demonic powers such as augmented senses, shapeshifting or unnatural magnetism; quite in fact the wirgins are repulsed by 'Udo' Dracula and they mock him behind his back.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And now for something completely different... March 12, 1999
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Different is what this movie is. I liked the movie for one, it dares to go off in directions the mainstream of film makers usually don't go. The second, I agreed with one reveiwer that you either like the film or you don't. The traditional Dracula plot is non-existent (He can only survive on the blood of virgins and for some reason there are none in his own home town). This movie is more of a parody and is fun to watch if you enjoy the unusual world of filmdom offerings. I would highly recomend this film in DVD format for the director commentaries and publicity stills included. Viewers should also be aware, this movie is not for the younger viewers, due to high explicit sexual content and nudity.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wirgins are hard to come by! January 1, 2003
Blood for Dracula is an interesting take on the Dracula legend. Dracula is in this film, a weak, sickly, even depressed vampire. who seems to detest everything in life except for his faithful assistant. They travel to early twentieth century Italy from Romania, in search of "Wergins", so Dracula can feed. They settle in an aristrocratic mansion, where the Lord of the Manor has three sexy daughters, and a 14 year old girl as well. Also, a "fieldhand", who enjoys getting it on with the daughters. This character is misplaced in the film, and his contemporary Brooklyn accent, along with his poor acting skills dont help the film. There is also a disturbing scene where he rapes the 14 year old, in order to deny Dracula her virgin blood. Other than that, the film is a hit. It is high on erotisism, and the two better looking daughters spend much of the film naked, and all over each other or the fieldhand. The neck biting scenes are some of the finest on film, but poor Dracula, he cannot live on tainted blood! All in all, a good film, funny, bloody, and a little sad even.
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25 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enormously Entertaining Camp August 25, 2003
When I see a film with "Andy Warhol Presents" near the title, I cringe. For the record, I think that a guy who paints pictures of Campbell soup cans and passes it off as satiric art deserves my scorn. Moreover, I think a society reveals its moral bankruptcy when it elevates an odd duck like Warhol and his acolytes into figures worthy of worship. My personal opinions about Warhol and his "Factory" caused me a good measure of turmoil after I watched Paul Morrissey's "Blood for Dracula." This campy retelling of the Dracula legend is, by all accounts, closely associated with Warhol's forays into various forms of media, so if I despise Warhol I must necessarily despise this picture. I can't make that leap, however, because I discovered much to my liking in this cheesy movie. Discovering that Criterion actually released this on DVD might well be the biggest shock of them all; anyone familiar with the home video market recognizes Criterion's reputation for releasing some of the finest films ever made. Oh, how I dislike these dilemmas!
"Blood for Dracula" opens with a pathetic Count Dracula lumbering through his musty castle in Romania. It's the early twentieth century, and Drac finally realizes that the good old days are long gone. Once upon a time, a hard working vampire with charm and a little money could easily woo plenty of young virgins and sup on their blood at leisure. Now with those pesky modern ideas, a gal just doesn't keep herself pure until marriage anymore. This causes the Count a lot of trouble, especially since he suffers violent spasms whenever he imbibes the blood of a deflowered youngster. This poor guy's starving to death until his personal servant Anton proposes a brilliant idea: why not move to Italy?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beware Of Vegetarians!...
Count Dracula (Udo Kier- THEATRE BIZARRE) and his henchman, Anton must leave their native Romania, due to a shortage of female virgins. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Not a Halloween goes by that I don't watch this campy, beautifully photographed version of the Dracula tale. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Germaine Hayes
2.0 out of 5 stars Blood for Dracula
Story line familiar, although in Italy. Terrible acting - different type ending. Certainly not a scary movie by any means
Published 12 months ago by Jean duBois
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy Horror !
This movie is so funny and creepy. The main character does an Amazing job and he is very cute too.
Published 12 months ago by Lydia J K
4.0 out of 5 stars Andy Warhol Pop Horror.
Viewed: 9/13
Rate: 8

9/13: Good Dracula pictures are rare. In fact, it almost never happens. There has been a countless number of bad Dracula pictures. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Math Expert
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Dracula movie of all time.
As long as you have someone to talk to during the long drawn out boring moments of dialog between heavy Italian, German, British and Bronx accents (yes, Bronx) , this movie has... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bruce
4.0 out of 5 stars werth the watch
very bloody and chezzie also a softcore skin flick, but the plot aint bad but the only good acting was really Udo Kier who plays Count Dracula. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Nathaniel Desjardins
5.0 out of 5 stars Poor Misunderstood Dracula Film
I first saw this movie at the theater years ago when it first came out. Everyone was very quiet and there were some complaints about how bloody it was. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lorene Stephens
2.0 out of 5 stars Non compatible to Australia
The DVD arrived in a large tan envelope wrapped in plastic - no case. Despite the description of "NON-USA FORMAT, PAL" (their format is NTSC), my DVD player wouldn't accept said... Read more
Published 19 months ago by The Baron
4.0 out of 5 stars Virgins! Opps...I Mean "Wirgins!"
4 stars = Classic

"Blood for Dracula," aka..."Andy Warhol's Dracula, (1974), is a Dracula movie unlike any else. Read more
Published on November 11, 2011 by JAMES MCCORMICK
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Which DVD version is which???
I know this is a bit late but the Image Entertainment version does have commentaries by both the director and the star as well as a screen test segment.
May 6, 2013 by James |  See all 2 posts
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