Paul Morrissey’s moralistic take on modern values is a brash mixture of humor, horror, and sex—and a revelation to fans of the horror film. In Blood for Dracula, the infamous count searches Italy for virgin blood. —The Criterion Collection
Paul Morrissey (born February 23, 1938, New York City) is an American film director, best-known for his association with Andy Warhol.
Morrissey attended Ampleforth College and Fordham University, both Roman Catholic schools, and later served in the United States Army. A political conservative and self-described “right-winger”, who has publicly protested against what he perceives as immorality and “anti-Catholicism”, Morrissey’s long-term collaboration with the low-keyed, apparently apolitical Warhol was viewed by many as “a successful mismatch”, although both men did share some traits, i.e. both were practising Catholics from “ethnic” backgrounds (Warhol was of Slovakian descent and Morrissey is of Irish descent).
Morrissey’s bold, avant-garde direction in filmmaking is often attributed to his relationship with Warhol and The Factory, although Morrissey claimed in his memoir, Factory Days, that this is not the case. —Wikipedia
Sitting this one out feels a bit like sitting out that other Warhol film about the Empire State Building...
Both satirical and morally decadent, Morrissey delivers an adaption that feels so staged but contains performance that sing with spontaneity. I love the dichotomy at play! And the satire! Also, talk about a gorgeous trash fest! Maybe a little slow but its nice to have breathing room to what the players put on performances that wreak of bad melodrama and self-consciousness.
In this retelling of the story of Dracula, the world’s most famous vampire (Udo Kier, in a breathtaking and charismatic role as the count) lives in rapid deterioration in Romania with his watcher… read review