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Blood for Dracula

Blood for Dracula, 1974
Directed by Paul Morrissey
Produced by Andrew Braunsberg
Andy Warhol
Written by Paul Morrissey
Starring Joe Dallesandro
Udo Kier
Music by Claudio Gizzi[1]
Distributed by Bryanston Distributing Company
Release date(s) Germany March 1, 1974
Running time 103 min
Edited version:
94 min
Language English

Blood for Dracula (also known as Andy Warhol's Dracula) is a 1974 film directed by Paul Morrissey and produced by Andy Warhol and Andrew Braunsberg. It stars Udo Kier, Joe Dallesandro, Maxime McKendry, Stefania Casini, and Arno Juerging. Roman Polanski and Vittorio de Sica appear in cameo roles.


Plot synopsis

A sickly and dying Count Dracula (Kier), who must drink virgin blood to survive, travels from Transylvania to Italy, thinking he will be more likely to find a virgin in a Catholic country. Dracula befriends Marchese di Fiori (de Sica), an impecunious Italian landowner who, with a lavish estate falling into decline, is willing to marry off one of his four daughters to the wealthy aristocrat.

Of di Fiori's four daughters, two regularly enjoy the sexual services of Mario, the estate handyman (Dallesandro), a Marxist with a hammer and sickle painted on his bedroom wall. The youngest and eldest daughters are virgins, but the latter is thought too plain to be offered for marriage, and is past her prime, and the youngest is only 14 years old (portrayed by 23 year old Silvia Dionisio). Dracula obtains assurances that all the daughters are virgins and drinks the blood of the two who are considered marriageable. However, both are non-virgins and their tainted blood makes Dracula ill, but still turning the two girls into mental slaves. Mario realizes the danger to the youngest daughter in time and rapes her ostensibly for her own protection. In the meantime Dracula has drunk the blood of the eldest daughter, turning her into a vampire. After the mother is stabbed by Dracula's servant (whom she then shoots) and Mario kills Dracula, the peasant Mario commands the estate.


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.


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 violent and sexual elements; it was later cut to 94 minutes and reclassified with an R rating for re-release. The original uncut version has been released to DVD several times, though it is now unrated.

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