21 May 2024
Dracula's Great Love (1972)
85 min.
Directed by Javier Aguirre.
With Paul Naschy, Haydée Politoff, Rosanna Yanni, Ingrid Garbo, Mirta Miller, Víctor Alcázar, Álvaro de Luna.
This underwhelming 1972 Spanish terror fails to gather much oomph.

After their horse carriage loses a wheel, four young women and their male guide find themselves stranded deep in the woods.

Fortunately for them, they find an abandoned sanitarium nearby and its mysterious owner Dr. Marlow (Naschy) offers them boarding for the night.

But Marlow is really the centuries old bloodsucker Count Dracula - and he's lookin' for a little fresh meat.

Soon, the girls are being turned into vampires one by one...that is, until Drac discovers that true love can change even the undead.

Spain's undisputed King of Terror, Naschy plays Dracula with an intriguing amount of restraint. But coupled with an unfocused and often lazy plotline, the results aren't inspired enough to maintain interest.

There are some decent moments with the trio of vampire ladies terrorizing the local countryside, but otherwise this will appeal to Naschy completists only.

Also known by the much more interesting title Vampire Playgirls.

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