Count Dracula’s Great Love (1973) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Javier Aguirre
Starring: Paul Naschy, Rosanna Yanni, Haydée Politoff, Mirta Miller
Rated: UR/Region O/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Vinegar Syndrome
Paul Naschy as the Amorous Dracula sets out to seduce his one great love with the help of his trio of sexy Vampiric Mistresses. In this tale, four young women, who seek refuge in a castle on a rainy night, only to find themselves in the lair of the vampire king. The great beauty of one of the women leads him to take her as his mate, using the other three as servants to acquire blood for them…
Vinegar Syndrome’s release of Count Dracula’s Great Love is a release that I’ll probably be praising the look of more than the actual movie. Movies his obscure probably have no right to look as good as this one does here. I think the transfer keeps in touch with the roots and nature of the film but at the same time makes things look way better than they have any right to look. This release is just another prime example of just how good of care the fine folks over at Vinegar Syndrome take of their releases regardless of how good the movie is or not. Count Dracula’s Great Love is a simple story at heart. One that is filled with some pretty cool moments of violence but also filled with some cheesy voice overs, as the Prince of Darkness does a lot of talking through his mind. This is probably more amusing than it was intended to be but it is one of the things that makes this movie what it is. This isn’t anywhere near a Universal Dracula movie (meaning the old and original ones), but it isn’t as bad as some others either. It’s just this Dracula tends to be unintentionally comedic at times and you can’t help but take notice of the fact. He makes people his slaves, he has issues with them, and despite being Dracula of all people he has issues dealing with them later.
Of course, him looking for that great love opens the door for more than a couple hot women. And I must make sure that I note that Dracula has a much easier time getting these women naked then he does fighting off people he himself turned into vampires. I guess you could call this a sleazier Dracula than you might be used to but by no means is this a pornographic one either. But I’m sure if you look around enough you can find one of those as well. Anyway, Dracula finds a girl he wants after trying out the group, he makes her his slave of sorts and starts a short mission to resurrect his daughter. I won’t say anymore but let me just say it is very random for the most part. The mixture of a Hammer film with the Spanish flavor isn’t one lost one me but it wasn’t my cup of tea and overall choice of a flavor for a Dracula movie. Still, like I said already, this movie at least has some moments and it unquestionably looks great. These movies can be hit and miss but I really hope that Vinegar Syndrome keeps tossing these obscure films at us because more times than not they are pretty darn good. This one might not be THAT good, but you get what I’m saying.
– Six-Page Booklet Booklet with an essay by Mirek Lipinski
– Audio Commentary with director Javier Aguirre and star Paul Naschy
– Interview with Actress Mirta Miller
– Still Gallery
Quality of Transfer: 95%