The Return Of Count Yorga (1971) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Bob Kelljan
Starring: Roger Perry, Robert Quarry
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory
When the overlord of the damned rises again to prowl the shadows, who will stand against The Return Of Count Yorga? Robert Quarry is back as one of the most dapper vampires to ever set up shop in California in this thrilling sequel that really raises the stakes. Revived by the well-known supernatural properties of the Santa Ana winds, our undead leading man takes to the streets with an unquenchable thirst. In search of new blood, Yorga moves next door to an orphanage. But when he crosses paths with a beautiful young woman, the Count’s thoughts turn to love. Has the ruler of the night finally found the girl with whom he can share eternity?
Our second adventure with the rotten Count Yorga is certainly a moody and creepy one. The movie opens with people raising from the dead and soon our Count is back into action targeting men, women, and even children. Even if the movie does tend to slow down a bit and drag in part, you can’t deny the mood of the film. You also can’t deny Robert Quarry as our residential vampire, Count Yorga. He mixes well with the style of the film and can be a rather charming guy in one scene and when the fangs are out he can go into creep mode in the very next scene. Even if it ultimately might not be everyone’s cup of tea, there is a style and atmosphere you get with this one that you just don’t see these days. It just can’t seem to be duplicated, regardless of how hard someone tries. It is in the area of that to which I think causes us to still be interested in going back checking out a film like Count Yorga today.
And in that same note, I must say this movie looks amazing in HD. Here we have a film with very rich color and detail, especially in outside shots that take place in daylight. There are some minor film damage here and there, but if it wasn’t for that you’d never have guessed that this movie was from 1971. The transfer alone might justify checking this movie out, but even without it I’d say it is at least worth a watch. It isn’t the most exciting vampire film you’ve ever seen, but it has good characters, looks great, and packs a mood with the colors and tone you can’t go wrong with. It might need a little more sizzle to go along with the steak, but Robert Quarry makes for a great vampire to watch. So yes, it is a flawed film, but it also an insanely creepy film and the creepy might just override the pace in the eyes of most. And just think, this whole deal could be considered one of the most twisted love stories you could find out there, seeing as how most of this is all due to the Count trying to find himself a woman!
– Audio Commentary with Film Historian Steve Haberman and Actor Rudy De Luca
– Theatrical Trailer
– TV Spot
– Radio Spots
– Photo Gallery
Quality of Transfer: 99%