Blood For Dracula

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Blood for Dracula - Bad blood for Dracula is like too much tequila for the rest of us.

A part of this view­ing listCriterion Collection Spine #28: Paul Morrissey’s Blood For Dracula.

Blood for Dracula is lit­tle dif­fer­ent, in essence, from it’s part­ner, Flesh for Frankenstein. I guess if I had to pick, I’d say I en­joyed this movie bet­ter, main­ly due to the ridicu­lous­ly gra­tu­itous nu­di­ty, hot les­bian make-out scenes and a scene that re­mind­ed me of the Black Knight from Monty Python & the Holy Grail. Shlock has its re­deem­ing qual­i­ties, as long as you’re not con­cerned with main­tain­ing a cer­tain lev­el of snob­bery.

Blood for Dracula stars the same folks, in vir­tu­al­ly the same roles. Udo Kier is Dracula in­stead of Baron Frankenstein, he still has the same creepy as­sis­tant (more kempt this time around), and Joe Dallesandro re­mains Joe Dallesandro, fuck­ing any­thing with a pulse. This film was shot back-to-back with Flesh, so it prob­a­bly wasn’t hard for any of these ac­tors to stay in char­ac­ter. (If you can con­sid­er Dallesandro to be ca­pa­ble of act­ing. He doesn’t even try to feign an ac­cent. Probably no point.)

There’s quite a bit of heavy-hand­ed pro­le­tar­i­an rev­o­lu­tion­ary talk in this film, and the fact that Dallesandro as sta­ble­boy cum stud ends up own­ing the manor with a harem of three nu­bile sis­ters who’d love noth­ing more than to spend their days shirt­less out­doors and nights watch­ing each oth­er get porked by Dallesandro, and, well then.

The high aris­to­crat­ic body count is Warhol-gen­er­a­tion wish-ful­fill­ment, on­ly 36 years lat­er, Joe Dallesandro’s char­ac­ter ap­pears just as moral­ly bank­rupt as every­one else. The film re­mains as a good record of what a cer­tain group of peo­ple thought about at a cer­tain time, but with age has be­come no longer com­pelling.

Tangentially, all three films since I’ve start­ed back in on watch­ing the Criterion Collection have all had some messed up sex­u­al pol­i­tics go­ing on. I’m ready for a change-up.

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