GUESS WHAT HAPPENED TO COUNT DRACULA (1970)
Article #1180 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 6-7-2004
Posting Date: 11-4-2004
Directed by Laurence Merrick
Featuring Des Roberts, Claudia Barron, John Landon
A woman comes under the spell of a vampire known as Count Adrian.
The title implies that this movie will tell us what happened to Count Dracula. It does no such thing; Count Adrian is actually the son of Dracula. Yes, I know; that was Count Alucard in another movie, but not in this one. However, there is a character named Alucard; he’s Count Adrian’s pet tiger, who likes to play with the vampires when they’re not cavorting in their sacred Macumba ceremony, in which a woman dances until she entices a man into eating a lizard. This also involves a man in a gorilla suit wearing a pendant; IMDB doesn’t credit the man in the gorilla suit, but I sure know Charley Gemora’s suit when I see it. Highlights of this movie: two vampires have a staredown, Des Roberts is offered a beer, but says “I only drink blood…bloody marys”, and a nurse decides she wants to do it with the doctor on his desk (and you’ll find out what “it” is for yourself.) Des Roberts actually uses a Bela Lugosi accent in portraying Count Adrian. Conclusions: I think this might have been a comedy, but it’s hard to tell. One thing is for sure; it’s a lot classier than the other movie on the DVD (DRACULA, THE DIRTY OLD MAN), but that’s like saying that it’s shorter than SHOAH.
Oh, and did I mention that Count Adrian runs a swinging nightclub known as Dracula’s Castle?