Count Yorga, Vampire

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

When a couple parks their van outside of an eerie mansion, they have no idea what terror lurks inside. Unknown to them, the massive manor is home to Count Yorga (Robert Quarry), a vampire with an extreme bloodlust and an almost constant hunger for more. He is a beast on the inside to be sure, but he is very smooth and likable, at least while he seduces his victims and drinks their blood. As such, he is able to return to the home of one of the couples, where he feeds upon the girl and leaves them in a total daze. The female soon visits the doctor and is told she has lost quite a lot of blood, but no serious diagnosis is made. But when she bites the family’s cat and drinks the blood inside, the doctor is convinced she has turned into a vampire. All signs point toward Yorga of course, which means the boyfriend and a reluctant vampire hunter have to reverse the vampire process, before she is lost forever. But that task won’t be an easy one, as Yorga has no intentions of losing his latest victim, nor his own immortality!

I love vampire movies and the 1970s produced some cool ones, such as this one, Count Yorga, Vampire. This movie was shot on a low budget and it shows at times, but the entertainment value is still high and that’s what counts here. Robert Quarry (Rollercoaster, Warlords) is superb as the suave, but lethal Yorga, in one of the best vampire performances of all time. His name isn’t as commonly mentioned as say, Lugosi or Lee, but Quarry is awesome here and is one of the main reasons this movie works so well, to be sure. The rest of the cast is more than decent, with plenty of scantily clad females to keep attentions perked. This is one of the finest examples of the sexy 70s vampire flicks, with lots of hot women and a very brisk pace, but some flaws do surface. The writing is passable, but not too good, though it never seems to slow down the film, which is good news. The slim budget is obvious at times also, though again, the picture uses creative means to overcome the problems, with terrific results. As part of MGM’s Midnite Movies series, this disc has minimal extras, but a low enough price to warrant a purchase.

Video: How does it look?

Count Yorga, Vampire is presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. Aside from the typical 70s grain, this is a terrific visual presentation and should please fans. The image is quite sharp and well detailed, which means it improves upon prior editions, to say the least. The grain does lessen the colors and contrast somewhat, but too much and in the end, I doubt anyone will be let down here. I am just thrilled to own a widescreen version of this movie, let alone an anamorphic & impressive one like this.

Audio: How does it sound?

Not much to discuss here, as the original mono option used and it’s solid, but offers little reason to rejoice. I wasn’t impressed here, but the materials have aged well and have minimal hiss, distortion, or other flaws, which is terrific news. The basics seem to come across in fine form, or at least as well as a 1970 mono track allows for, of course. The music is solid and sound effects are well presented, while dialogue is clean and stable at all times. This disc also includes a French language option, as well as Spanish and French subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes the film’s theatrical trailer.

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