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Writer:
Bob Kelljan (written by)
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Release Date:
12 June 1970 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Dashing, Dark and Deadly. See more »
Plot:
A couple invites an émigré to conduct a seance for the girl's recently deceased mother, unaware he is a vampire. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Excellent "Modern Day" Vampire Tale See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Quarry ... Count Yorga

Roger Perry ... Dr. James 'Jim' Hayes

Michael Murphy ... Paul
Michael Macready ... Michael 'Mike' Thompson
Donna Anders ... Donna
Judy Lang ... Erica Landers (as Judith Lang)
Edward Walsh ... Brudah
Julie Conners ... Cleo
Paul Hansen ... Peter
Sybil Scotford ... Judy
Marsha Jordan ... Donna's Mother
Deborah Darnell ... Vampire Woman

George Macready ... Narration (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erica Macready ... Babette - the nurse (uncredited)
Stella Thomas ... Vampire Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
Bob Kelljan 
 
Writing credits
Bob Kelljan (written by)

Produced by
Michael Macready .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bill Marx  (as William Marx)
 
Cinematography by
Arch Archambault 
 
Film Editing by
Tony de Zarraga  (as Tony de Zárraga)
 
Makeup Department
Master Dentalsmith .... makeup artist
Mark Rogers .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Robert Vincent O'Neill .... production supervisor (as Robert V. O'Neil)
 
Art Department
James Stinson .... props
Bob Wilder .... set designer
Erik L. Nelson .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Lowell Brown .... sound recordist
Bob Dietz .... sound recordist (as Robert Dietz)
George Garrin .... sound assistant
 
Special Effects by
James M. Tanenbaum .... special effects (as James Tanenbaum)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Getty .... key grip
John Murphy .... chief electrician
Pat O'Mara .... camera assistant (as Pat O'Mara Jr.)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy Renard .... wardrobe (as Nancy Stone)
 
Editorial Department
Brian Borne .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Vee Kasegan .... animal owner
Vee Kasegan .... animal trainer
Patty Sue Townsend .... script supervisor (as Pat Townsend)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Loves of Count Iorga, Vampire" - USA (alternative title)
"Junges Blut für Dracula" - Austria, West Germany
"Граф Йорга, вампир" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Comte Iorga, el vampir" - Spain (Catalan title)
"Conde Yorga, Vampiro" - Brazil
"Conde Yorga, vampiro" - Spain
"Grof Jorga, Vampir" - Yugoslavia (Serbian title) (literal title)
"Kyûketsuki Yoga hakushaku" - Japan (imdb display title)
"Teufelsausrottung" - West Germany
"Vampyrer lever stadig" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Vampyrernas blodiga borg" - Sweden
"Vampyyrikreivin haaremi" - Finland (TV title)
"Vrykolakas, o satanas tou Skotous" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Wampir - hrabia Yorga" - Poland
"Yorga il vampiro" - Italy
"Yorga, o vrykolakas" - Greece (reissue title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for vampire violence/gore and some sensuality (re-release)
Runtime:
93 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:GP (original rating) | USA:PG-13 (re-release) | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
The scene where Erica is discovered eating her pet cat was accomplished by slathering a sedated kitten with canned lasagna.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: During a scene in which Count Yorga opens up a set of windows to look upon a thunder and lightning storm, his reflection is clearly visible in the glass panes.See more »
Quotes:
Count Yorga:Doctor Hayes, what an unexpected surprise.
Dr. James Hayes:Yes, so much so that I almost had a massive coronory.
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23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Excellent "Modern Day" Vampire Tale, 22 January 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

The film begins by showing us a coffin being removed from a ship, then trucked out to an estate in modern day (circa 1970) Los Angeles. On top of this, we hear narration telling us a bit about vampire legends. Soon after, we meet Count Yorga (Robert Quarry), as he conducts a séance to try to contact Donna's (Donna Anders) deceased mother. The séance turns slightly chaotic, and Donna's friends begin to suspect that there's something odd about the Count, especially when they learn that he had been dating Donna's mother, requested that she not be cremated, as her earlier wishes had it, but didn't turn up at the funeral. The film consists of Donna's friends trying to learn more about, and subsequently finding themselves further and further into trouble with, Count Yorga. It is no mystery, due to the title of the film, that he is a vampire.

Although Count Yorga, Vampire is a bit talky in the beginning, the dialogue is good, and it gets even better as the film progresses. For viewers eager for more action than dialogue, they do not have to wait long. By the end of the séance scene, which comes maybe 10 minutes into the film, they should be interested, and by the end of the van scene, maybe 15 minutes in, they should be satisfied. The rest of the film is a very effective mixture of action and clever, dialogue-heavy scenes.

Count Yorga, Vampire is one of the earlier attempts to place a Dracula-like figure in a modern setting. We certainly couldn't say that the film has no flaws, but for many viewers, including me, there are qualities to this film that enable it to rise above the flaws, and it ends up as a 10 out of 10 for me.

One of the most effective elements of the film is the extensive hand-held camera work, which in combination with early 1970s film stocks and processing techniques gives Count Yorga, Vampire an atmosphere akin to the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974). The difference is that the focus here is a suave, debonair vampire living in a beautiful mansion, surrounded by beautiful vampire-women.

For my money, Quarry is as good a "Dracula" as anyone who has played the role, including Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee. There is also a Renfield-like character here in Brudah (Edward Walsh). Although I love Dwight Frye (Renfield in the 1931 Dracula) as much as anyone else, Brudah may be the creepiest henchman in any vampire film.

Writer/director Bob Kelljan seemed to be aware that there was a campy element to the film, and it is acknowledged, but it remains very understated. For most of the film, Kelljan is going for creepiness and shocks, and he gets them.

A 10 out of 10 from me.

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