Count Dracula\'s Great Love aka Cemetery Girls aka El gran amor del conde Drácula (1972) IMDB Spain
This is a superior Hammer-style effort from Spanish horror star, Paul Naschy (aka Jacinto Molina), better known for his recurring werewolf character Valdemar Daninsky. Here Naschy portrays a rather beefy-looking version of the legendary vampire masquerading as Dr. Wendell Marlowe, the director of a castle-based sanitarium in which a quartet of lovely but unfortunate travelers have sought shelter for the night. Before long, the count has made late-night snacks of the three of them, sparing the virginal fourth woman for a ceremony intended to revive his long-dead daughter. All the Naschy trademarks are on hand, from the rich gothic feel to the nearly senseless story line. This film is also known as Cemetery Girls, Cemetery Tramps, and Vampire Playgirls, among others. - allmovie.com
One of the most interesting directors to work with Spanish horror legend Paul Naschy was Javier Aquirre. Together they made EL GRAN AMOR DEL CONDE DRACULA (COUNT DRACULA\'S GREAT LOVE) and EL JORBADO DE LA MORGUE (THE HUNCHBACK OF THE MORGUE), both of which many fans consider to be the actor\'s best work. The idea of having Naschy play Dracula seems ludicrous, but somehow with the help of a few nice added attractions, it all works rather well.
Aquirre\'s vampire film is filled with enticing eroticism that pads out the film to good effect. Like Leon Klimovsky\'s vampire endeavors, it\'s a sex film, and is openly content with the fact. There are lesbian vampires who slowly caress and seduce each other and attack their victims with a grin of gratified lust (the scene where two vampire women feast on Rossana Yanni is particularly outrageous). Less impressive, but somewhat amusing is Naschy\'s Dracula. His awkward-looking Wendell is later redeemed by his tolerable vampire persona. Dracula\'s role is not all that demanding, as he hardly ever uses his mouth to speak (most of his words are heard as narration interpreted as thoughts). Dracula is essentially limited to these thoughts, as well as acts of sex and sadism, but two of his scenes stand out; Dracula embracing his lover, casting only her passionate reflection in the mirror, and the close-up of tears on Dracula\'s face as he departs with his dead daughter. On the whole, Aquirre\'s sole vampire contribution is a credit to the genre, yet it is highly underrated within its confines.
There have been several DVD releases of COUNT DRACULA’S GREAT LOVE, all of them using the same dark, cropped 16mm transfer originally released on VHS by mail order seller Sinister Cinema. While not nearly as good as the HD transfers in BCI’s “Spanish Horror Collection,” DRACULA is here presented 1.78:1 anamorphic. The film was shot hard matted (in-the-camera letterboxing) with an intended 1.85:1 ratio, so framing looks pretty much dead-on throughout, and compositions are vastly improved over the full screen version. The 35mm print source is in pretty good shape, with a few lines and markings, but nothing too drastic. Colors hold up well for the most part, as does the bright picture detail; this is inconsistent though, since some shots appear washed out or tend to bleed, but it’s still the best the film has ever looked on home video. It’s the complete “unclothed” version of the film, though for some strange reason, a brief, steamy love scene between Naschy and Yanni appears in black & white and is tinted purple-ish! The mono English audio is in pretty good shape, but at around the 15-minute mark, the dialog goes out of sync – a minor problem that lasts a little under three minutes. [i]- from dvddrive-in.com
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