Count Yorga, Vampire (1970)

USA, 1969
90m
colour
English

An American horror film directed by Bob Kelljan. It introduced the vampire Count Yorga in the shape of actor Robert Quarry who played the role again in the sequel The Return of Count Yorga (1971) the following year. AIP had plans to team Yorga with their own anti-hero Dr Phibes in Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972) but the plan was dropped and Quarry appeared in the film as Dr Biederbeck instead. He played another vampire, Khorda, in Deathmaster (1972) but this wasn't related to the Yorga films. Count Yorga, Vampire was originally intended to be a soft core porn film titled The Loves of Count Iorga (some prints still carry this title) though Quarry persuaded producer Michael MacReady to make it as a straight horror film instead 1[Robert Quarry interview at Cinefantastique online.

Plot Summary

Two young couples attend a séance in Los Angeles and encounter the enigmatic Count Yorga. Before long, the vampire count has started feeding on one of the women, Erica, who is later found sucking the blood from a kitten. Erica's doctor becomes convinced that she has fallen prey to a vampire and sets out to track down the culprit.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Bob Kelljan
© [not given on screen]
Orion Pictures [opening logo]. An Erica production
Produced by: Michael Macready
Written by: Bob Kelljan
Cinematography: Arch Archambault
Film Editor: Tony de Zarraga
Music: William Marx
Sound Recorders: Bob Dietz, Lowell Brown
Wardrobe: Nancy Stone
Makeup: Mark Rogers and Master Dentalsmith
Special Effects: James Tanenbaum
Set Design: Bob Wilder
Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Cast
Robert Quarry (Count Yorga)
Roger Perry (Dr James Hayes)
Michael Murphy (Paul)
Michael Macready (Michael)
Donna Anders (Donna)
Judith Lang (Erica)
Edward Walsh (Brudah)
Julie Conners (Cleo)
Paul Hansen (Peter)
Sybil Scotford (Judy)
Marsha Jordan (Donna's mother)
Deborah Darnell (vampire woman)
Narration by: George Macready

Alternative Titles

The Loves of Count Iorga
The Loves of Count Iorga Vampire

Sequel
The Return of Count Yorga (1971)

References

Periodicals

  • Castle of Frankenstein no.16 p.33
  • The Dark Side October/November 1994 p.17 – credits, review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.211 no.26 (9 June ) p.8
  • House of Hammer vol.1 no.1 (October 1976) p.4 – note (Stop press: Late news)
  • Kine Weekly no.3293 (21 November 1970) p.10
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.38 no.444 (January 1971) p.6
  • Today's Cinema no.9864 (11 December 1970) p.9
  • Variety 17 June 1970 p.24
  • Video Watchdog no.44 pp.5-6 – review
  • Video Watchdog no.88 (October 2002) pp.21-22 – illustrated review (Joe Dante's fleapit flashbacks: The Film Bulletin review, 1969-1974 by Joe Dante)

Books

  • American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography by Rob Craig  p.100
  • American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson p.187 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Cinematic by John L. Flynn pp.173-174
  • Count Dracula Goes to the Movies: Stoker's Novel Adapted (3rd Edition) by Lyndon W. Joslin pp.248-252
  • Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010 by John Edgar Browning and Caroline Joan (Kay) Picart pp.51-52
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.210, 226, 247
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.255
  • Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures by Mark Thomas McGee pp.283; 306
  • Film Review 1971-72 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.220
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.79 – credits, review
  • Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir pp.50-53 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide by Stephen Jones p.69 – credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.76 – credits
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester pp.92-93
  • The Vampire in Science Fiction Film and Literature by Paul Meehan p.
  • Vampire Films of the 1970s: Dracula to Blacula and Every Fang Between by Gary A. Smith pp.38-39; 206 – illustrated review, synopsis; credits
  • X-Rated Videotape Guide VI by Patrick Riley p.161 – credits, review