The Immortal Count Yorga

October 19, 2016 | By

CountYorga_posterThe backstory behind Count Yorga, Vampire (1970) is almost as fascinating as the film itself: begun as a softcore sexploitation flick, the production was upgraded to a safer PG-13 version which proved hugely successful for distributor American International Pictures, spawning a sequel. (A third installment was reportedly planned but never filmed.)

The main reason the diptych created by writer-director Bob Kelljan endures is star Robert Quarry, wonderful as the titular vampire who terrorizes naïve Los Angeles suburbanites (and by proxy, kittens). Twilight Time’s Blu-ray sports a lovely transfer and many extras that will please fans of the film and its inimitable star.

Coming next: a podcast interview with Victor Kanefsky, director of Art Bastard (2016).



Mark R. Hasan, Editor

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