Count Dracula’s Great Love (1972)

aka Dracula’s Great Love, El Gran amor del conde Dracula
Article 1794 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 2-11-2006
Posting Date: 7-11-2006
Directed by Javier Aguirre
Featuring Jacinto Molina (Paul Naschy), Haydee Politoff, Rosanna Yanni

Several travelers find themselves stranded at the castle of Count Dracula, and soon, people are being attacked by vampires….

Yes, it’s another Paul Naschy film. It’s not as good as INQUISITION , but it’s worlds better than FURY OF THE WOLFMAN ; even in its badly dubbed state, it’s easier to follow. It’s heavy on the exploitation; there are lots of heaving bosoms, draped and undraped, and one could argue that their regular day attire for the females in the cast were a lot more revealing than their nighties. Somebody once pointed out to me that, in a Paul Naschy film, all the women have the hots for him, and certainly, there’s two of them here. My own observation is that Naschy seems to have the desire to play both the monster and the hero in his movies. This, of course, explains why El Hombre Lobo was his favorite character; he could make his human form the hero, and on nights of the full moon he’d be the monster. But how do you handle that in a vampire movie? After all, Dracula himself is the monster, and the hero is the person who would stake Dracula and kill the other vampires. So how does Naschy manage that? Don’t worry; he does.

1 Comment

  1. Nice observation that Naschy desires to be both the hero and the monster in the same film, but how to overcome that as Dracula? I wasn’t particularly enthralled by the ending but a violent tone is set by the opening credits featuring a man whose skull was split by an ax.

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