Friday, December 3, 2010

Countess Dracula's Orgy of Blood (Donald F. Glut, 2004)



There are Vampire Titty Movies, and then there are Vampire Titty Movies. Countess Dracula's Orgy of Blood is of the latter variety. It is a shot on video, soft-core lesbian vampire movie that starts in the old west. It features Paul Naschy as "Father Jacinto" and Glori-Anne Gilbert as the vampire "Diana." Gilbert's other roles include such unseen, but I'm sure appropriately titled films as The Hills Have Thighs, The DaVinci Coed, The Witches of Breastwick, and Killer Sex Queens from Cyber-Space.

The look of this film is very much like your typical soap opera. Who knows, maybe they used some sets from Passions? Now, that's not to say it is poorly done; it does spare us the overdone CGI effects, and the cinematography is competent. Naschy only speaks Spanish (subtitled). I am guessing he did not speak English, as The Vicar of VHS mentioned that in his last werewolf movie Naschy spoke phonetic English.

Now, despite this being full of nude chicks, it does actually have a story. Lord Ruthven (Arthur Roberts) was in love with a young girl, Roxanne (Danielle Petty), whose brother took her to America. Ruthven and his sister, Diana, followed them to southern California, but Father Jacinto (Naschy) and the brother tracked the vampires down and killed them. Jacinto cursed Ruthven so he may never drink the blood of the living again. A century later, Count Dracula discovers the Ruthven remains and sends his minions to unstake him. Ruthven finds he cannot feed, save through Diana. He wanted to keep her staked because she is aggressive, careless, and tried taking Roxanne from him, but found that he needed her. Now that they are in the modern world, Ruthven can sense that Roxanne has been reborn, but this time it looks like his sister won't be the only problem.

Now, there is also a bit of a problem with Ruthven's plan. His feeding off Diana means Diana is eating for two; soon the streets are littered with dead hookers. Father's Jacinto's ghost tries stoping her, but his curse only extends to Ruthven. Dracula is upset by the high profile feasting and sends his henchmen to have a talk with the two anachronistic vamps... No good can come of this, you might think.

So, what's the verdict? Story-wise it is quite good, if you can put up with the eroticism, which is not overly long but fairly often. It weighs the story down a bit, but not terribly. I have seen much dumber ideas for vampire movies. Naschy is not in the film too much, and mostly as a ghost. Arthur Roberts portrays fairly soap opera-styled acting, and Glori-Anne Gilbert is a savage horn-dog of a vampire, which I doubt was an acting difficulty, but she pulls it off better than most of the women in the film. This likely could have been a pretty good vampire movie without the sex, as perhaps they could have gotten better actresses who are not so willing to strip down and/or do the sex scenes. Who knows?

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