“Count Yorga, Vampire” (1970) / Z-View
Count Yorga, Vampire aka The Loves Of Count Iorga, Vampire (1970)
Director: Bob Kelljan
Screenplay: Bob Kelljan
Stars: Robert Quarry, Roger Perry, Michael Murphy and Judy Lang
Tagline: Because of Certain Shock Scenes We Suggest You Don’t Come Alone!
Donna’s mother recently died. She invites her boyfriend, Michael (Thompson), and close friends Paul (Murphy), Ericka (Lang) and Jim (Perry) to a séance performed by Count Yorga. After the séance Donna says that Yorga and her mother dated shortly before she died. The next day Erica shows up with what appears to be bite marks on her neck that she can’t explain. She has little energy and has lost a large amount of blood. As Paul, Michael and Jim follow the clues, evidence points to Count Yorga being a modern day vampire!
Thoughts (beware of spoilers)…
Count Yorga is a low-budget release from American International originally conceived as a soft-core porn film. Producers wanted Robert Quarry as the vampire. Quarry said, he’d star, but only if they dropped the porn aspect. The producers agreed. Still, as you can tell from the poster, producers emphasized the sexual aspect and made sure there were scenes of women bathing, in nightgowns, etc.
Count Yorga is definitely a low-budget movie of the late 60s/early 70s. With that said, it was also much better than I anticipated.
Count Yorga, Vampire aka The Loves Of Count Iorga, Vampire earns 3 of 5 stars.