Dracula’s Great Love, 1974
Dracula tries to resurrect his daughter, succeeds, then needs to come up with an alternative plotline to pad out the film.
Also known as Cemetery Girls, Cemetery Tramps and Dracula’s Virgin Lovers, Dracula’s Great Love is one of a huge cycle of horror films made by Spanish actor Paul Naschy from the 1960s onwards. Nachy’s films revolve around the most miserable monsters in horror, endlessly moaning about how terrible it is to be rich and immortal, and apparently uncomforted by having lots of sex with the unending stream of beautiful women who wander through wearing not very much. Thanks to its rambling plotline and ‘what shall we do now’ story structure the film gives the impression that it was made by group drunk drama students improvising their own Hammer Horror and filming the results. Heavy on blood and boobs, light on plot, and hard on Dracula’s daughter who gets tipped into a river halfway through when he changes his mind about resurrecting her. Why this means he has to drop her in a river remains unclear.
Director: Javier Aguirre
Writers: Javier Aguirre, Alberto S. Insúa
Stars: Paul Naschy, Rosanna Yanni, Haydée Politoff
Trivia: Paul Naschy is one of only 2 men to have played Dracula, the wolfman, Frankenstein’s monster, and the Mummy (the other being Lon Chaney jr.).
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