Poster for Blood for Dracula

Blood for Dracula

Director: Paul Morrissey Run Time: 108 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1974

Starring: Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier, Vittorio De Sica

Arthouse comes to Midtown, when THE DEUCE presents Paul Morrissey’s BLOOD FOR DRACULA and legends of the SELYWN THEATRE, where this Euro-sleaze-shocko opened on February 21, 1975!

Plus: The famous ‘DEUCE Raffle’ and music by DJ BONES! Hosted and presented by THE DEUCE JOCKEYS: Jeff, Andy, and Joe!

The blood of these whores is killing me! Udo Kier’s desperate, decrepit Dracula tours Italy’s Catholic countryside with assistant Arno Juerging in search of the purest virginal blood – the only blood that can nourish his desires and keep a healthy rose-color in his cheeks. But after discovering the Marchese de Fiore family’s farm and his four enchanting daughters, Drac quickly learns that these ladies can’t be trusted – especially when Joe Delleasndro is trimming their garden…

Made in Italy by Factory mainstay Paul Morrissey in conjunction with Flesh for Frankenstein (neither film with which Warhol had anything more to do other than putting his name on them for distribution), both films were slapped with X ratings upon release in America. And both were met with appallingly offended reviews – the extremes of their overtly sex-and-gore-laden silliness were too much for mainstream audiences to swallow. Outrageously over the top and oooozing with absurdity, Morrissey re-vamps the Dracula myth with some 1970s style Euro-sleaze-tease and titillation: Freudian overtones, Marxist parallels, and barrels of outlandish gore! Rape! Homo-erotic hunkiness!! Horrendous accents!!! Italian release title: Draculacerca sangue di vergine e… mori di sete!!!, literally “Dracula is searching for virgins’ blood, and… he’s dying of thirst!

Complimentary drinks at the after-party courtesy of Bronx Brewery.

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