Friday, October 2, 2009

October: one month, 31 films of horror!

So my friend Sarah and I have begun our October challenge. We plan on watching one horror film every day for the whole month, culminating with some sort of Halloween II on Halloween or something spectacular-scream-mystery-fest-of-doomed-hypens! So I though I'd blog about it. My first choice was a film I've had out from the library for a little while now, but have been saving for the Octoberhorrorfest09 called Andy Warhol presents: "Blood for Dracula" a film by Paul Morrissey. It actually wasn't really that terrifying of a film, despite the bad (and sometime confusing) accents, emaciated actors, and spooky filmed on location feel.
Here's the opening shot, a sickly Count painting on his own character's face, ironically in an empty mirror.

The plot center's around a starving Count Dracula reluctantly leaving his Romanian castle to search for virgin blood. His assistant believes that Italy will be full of virgins owning to the fact that the pope lives there, so it must be very religious. Dracula is a vegetarian, very sickly, and just wants to drink some virgin blood so he can go back home and hang out with his stuffed owl collection. There's also a great communist servant character named Mario played with in anachronistic New York accent who basically chops and sexes his way through the film. The scariest part was maybe the cameo by Roman Polanski as a tricky italian peasant, in which he uses the full powers of his 70's mustache to out trick Dracula's personal assistant. I think this is a good, arty start to what promises to be a month of watching people vomit blood, rise from the grave, and back away in horror. Hey, where are YOU going? Wait, come back....

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