Orgy of Blood is a sequel to Don Glut's 2001 vampire opus, Erotic Rites
of Countess Dracula. It begins with a flashback to the year 1897 in the
Old West where Roxanne Dumas (played by Kennedy Johnston) is being
stalked by the vampire Diana Ruthven (Glori-Anne Gilbert). Roxanne is
bitten by the sexy vampire and then spirited away. Roxanne's brother
enlists the aid of a priest, Padre Jacinto (Paul Naschy), in his search
for the girls. Diana and her brother, Lord Ruthven, are holding Roxanne
nearby in the dungeon of an old abbey. The vampire hunters find them and
slay the Ruthvens while rescuing Roxanne.
The story then flashes forward to modern times where Count Dracula (Tony
Clay) has learned that the remains of his vampire kin rest in the abbey
in southern California. He sends his daughter Martine (Eyana Barsky) and
her servant Renfield to resurrect Lord Ruthven and Diana.
Without giving away too much more of the story, Diana and her brother
are brought back to life and both have a yearning to find Roxanne's
spiritual descendant to satisfy their unholy lust. The search gets them
involved with prostitutes, strippers and a legion of other colorful
Don Glut has endowed this vampire film with plenty of sex and blood. The
ever-gorgeous Glori-Anne Gilbert as Diana is one of the main attractions
and she takes on her role with enthusiasm. There is a cast of other
beautiful women who also disrobe at a moment's notice, which seems to be
a requirement for low-budget vampire films. However, the actors as a
whole perform quite well, with the exception of Del Howison as Renfield,
who did not fit well in the role of Martine's servant.
The budget of slightly under $100,000 puts Countess Dracula's Orgy of
Blood in a category above micro-budget cinema, so everyone involved
probably got paid for their work instead of volunteering for free as
would be the case in a $2000 feature. Also, since it was filmed in Los
Angeles, there were certainly plenty of expenses including permits,
location fees, equipment rentals, and for all we know, union rates for
cast and crew. The film was shot in less than five days which was a
major limiting factor as it is hard to get good coverage on every scene
in such a short time, but director Glut is an accomplished filmmaker so
the production has a professional look.
Horror film legend Paul Naschy from Spain appears here in his first
American film (though he speaks no English whatsoever) and there is a
cameo by TV horror host, Count Gore de Vol.
The film is full of gratuitous nudity; female vampires seem to be
compelled to drop their tops every time they decide to bite a victim.
This will please a certain audience, especially Glori-Anne's fan club.
Give it an extra half-star rating if this appeals to you.
There is a 5.1 surround sound mix on the DVD and the extra audio
commentary track is excellent. It is hosted by Don Glut, Glori-Anne
Gilbert and editor Dean McKendrick, and they give a wealth of insight
into the work that went into the film as well as some interesting
behind-the-scenes stories, such as the scene that was filmed while the
police were outside the house trying to evict them from the property.
Blood-sucking vampires and sexy young women... a sure-fire recipe for
success in the low budget horror genre!
Three and a half stars.
By Jack Orman
Lord Ruthven (Arthur
Roberts) is an insatiable vampire, no amount of blood seems to quench
his undead thirst. So with the help of his gorgeous sister Diana (Glori
Anne Gilbert), Ruthven leads a constant line of new victims to their
doom. The bloodsucking is vicious and seductive, as Diana seduces young
women and then plunges in her sharp teeth, to satisfy her vampiric lust,
once her human lusts have been satisfied. But the horrific actions of
the siblings does not go unnoticed, as Padre Jacinto (Paul Naschy) has
been hunting down the vampires. With the help of a vampire hunter, he
storms the home of the two, where a new victim has just been devoured.
Soon enough, both brother and sister have been staked, Lord Ruthven with
a silver blade. As time passes, Count Dracula (Tony Clay) learns that
Lord Ruthven was once in California, which sparks a resurrection of the
undead siblings. The two soon return to their undead existence, though
Lord Ruthven faces a problem, thanks to his silver staked past. He is
unable to drink the blood of mortals, instead he must drink blood that
has been purified through the veins of a fellow vampire. This leads to a
series of complications, though none as intense as a brush with the
past. Will the two fare better this time around, or are more stakes en
This is how a low rent softcore porn horror movie should be made, with a
gorgeous lead, a genre legend in a cameo, and tons of sex and blood.
We'll discuss the elements in that order, so let's start with the
movie's sex symbol, the beautiful Glori Anne Gilbert. This is one hot
woman and in this movie, she cuts loose with an unabashed performance.
She takes on the sex like a trooper, never hesitates to showcase her
ample bosom, and doesn't seem uncomfortable when the blood flies, all
signs of a potential scream queen. Gilbert is not the best actress out
there, but she takes on the material with enthusiasm and is quite fun to
watch. The genre legend is werewolf master Paul Naschy, who makes his
American debut here. His time on screen is limited, but it is a nice
tribute to an often overlooked genre star, one who deserves more
attention. Now we move into the realm of sex and blood, both of which
are in no short supply here. You'll see numerous naked women, often in
graphic lesbian love scenes, a nice touch. The gore is tame by most
standards, but the special effects look good, given the film's low rent
roots. Once again, Donald F. Glut has given one of his movies more
polish than the budget allowed, so fans will be pleased. Retromedia's
disc is solid in all respects too, so this one is more than recommended.
Countess Dracula's Orgy of Blood is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen,
which is not enhanced for widescreen televisions. On the whole, this is
a cut above the usual modern B movie transfer, but I'm not sure if this
is due to the transfer process or if better cameras were used in
production. The image seems sharper and looks more like a digital
picture, as opposed to the video look of some of the other releases. I
found the colors to be rich and full of life here, while black levels
seem razor sharp and accurate, so detail is always high and shadows
never murky in the least. All in all, a much better treatment than I
A Dolby Digital 5.1 option is found here, but the mix isn't that
dynamic, more like juiced up stereo at best. I found no real volume
errors of any kind, as the materials were well recorded and ported, not
a bad treatment at all. The dialogue is sharp and never gets drowned out
by moans or the like, which is good news, of course. Speaking of moans
and other assorted pleasure noises, they all come through in fine form
and the music also sounds good, so no serious problems to report in this
department. I do think a little more time and effort could have yielded
more depth here, but the audio sounds more than passable as it stands.
An audio commentary is provided by director Donald F. Glut and star
Glori Anne Gilbert, who are joined by Dean McKendrick. The session is
brisk, but has a lot of good behind the scenes chatter, so the time is
not wasted. You can tell Glut has a passion for movies, a trait which
doesn't seem to be lost in the realm of B movies. This disc also
includes an interview with Glut, some outtakes, and the film's
Copyright © 2004
ORGY OF BLOOD”
This release marks Frontline Films’ first venture with Retromedia,
and to the discerning eye, the difference is readily apparent.
Writer/director Don Glut never seemed quite comfortable with his
previous label E.I. Cinema. Though as adept at procuring naked women to
writhe around for the camera as ever, Glut’s foremost interest is in
making fun monster movies. COUNTESS DRACULA’S ORGY OF BLOOD gets
to the T&A A.S.A.P. – the first shot has a daughter of Dracula (Eyana
Barsky) popping out of a coffin and her blouse simultaneously – and
there’s plenty more throughout the movie, but it’s almost an unwelcome
distraction from dramatics of the plot. Another difference comes in the
contributions of producer Kimberly Ray, who wrings more production value
out of fewer dollars than Glut’s previous few budgets.
Though technically a sequel to Glut’s EROTIC RITES OF COUNTESS
DRACULA, ORGY contains few repeat characters, and is more of
stand-alone story centered around Dracula’s rival (and literary
predecessor) Lord Ruthven (veteran Arthur Roberts, who brings a fine
vein of pathos to his role). As seen in a prologue, Ruthven and his
undead sister Diana (pin-up star Glori-Anne Gilbert) vie for the
affections of young beauty Roxanne (Kennedy Johnson), following her from
Europe to California in the late 1890s, only to be slain by courageous
friar Padre Jacinto. The padre is played by Spanish horror star Paul
Naschy (WEREWOLF’S SHADOW and many others), who makes not only
his American movie debut here, but this is perhaps the first time his
own voice can be heard on a soundtrack.
Segueing to modern times, we find Count Dracula (Glut regular Tony Clay,
looking a bit like John Carradine) now inhabiting a luxury Los Angeles
castle. To repay an old debt, he sends his daughter Martine and slave
Renfield (Del Howison) to re-animate Ruthven – but Ruthven soon finds
this gift is a curse. Because Jacinto dispatched him with blessed
silver, Ruthven is now unable to consume blood unless it has been
"filtered" through the veins of another vampire. Unfortunately, the only
vampire handy is the insidious, lecherous Diana. Though seemingly
willing to keep her brother around for the time being, Diana has her own
sinister agenda once she’s un-staked, especially once she discovers
Roxanne’s reincarnation living in LA.
For once, Glut gets a cast that doesn’t suffer from the uneven
quality levels that usually plague his films. Though acting in his
native Spanish, and in a too-small role, Naschy comes off as natural and
confident. The vampire kings are played in stately manner, and even the
inexperienced bit players deliver the goods. As for Gilbert, though her
line readings don’t always convey the essence of an ancient English
vampire queen, she has a natural charisma that’s hypnotic. The cast is
helped along by the sure hand of Gary Graver on the camera – Graver’s
been shooting films since the mid-1960s, for everyone from Al Adamson to
Orson Welles. Peter Damian contributes fine incidental music to Glut’s
first Surround soundtrack in between Goth numbers by various bands. And
John Carl Buechler (TROLL) contributes creature f/x.
Okay, so it may be just a silly low budget naked lesbian vampire
horror comedy, but at least it’s an entertaining one made with a lot of
care. It has that hard to define "let’s put on a show" quality that fans
of independent cinema hold dear.
Glut, Gilbert, and editor Dean McKendrick sit in for a commentrak
that reflects an easygoing shoot in which all major problems came from
outside interference, not the troupers in the cast and crew. Other
extras include an interview with Glut conducted by famed horror host
Count Gore de Vol for his TV show. The Count also has a small role in
the film, and introduces a reel of outtakes.
Copyright © 2004 Brian Thomas, author of the massive book
VideoHound's DRAGON: ASIAN ACTION & CULT FLICKS.
With Countess Dracula's Orgy of Blood,
writer/director Donald F. Glut, who spent his formative years as a comic
book writer, continues to prove he has the proper frame of mind to put
together a kind of well-heeled, jiggly erotic/horror genre film that is
a step above the typical entry in the field. After a few moderately
successful films (most notably Dinosaur Valley Girls and The Erotic
Rites of Countess Dracula), Glut really stepped things up with the
stylish and classy eroticism of
The Mummy's Kiss, released on DVD by Seduction Cinema in 2003.
This latest entry, released by B-movie auteur Fred Olen Ray's Retromedia,
is a sequel of sorts to Glut's The Erotic Rites of Countess Dracula,
and features all of the recommended daily requirements: frequent nudity,
girl-on-girl softcore pairings, and corny dialogue. As a sequel, this is
pretty much a standalone story, with the only real link between the two
being the character of Renfield, here played once again by Del Howison,
in a laughable white hippie wig.
The busty splendor of Glori-Anne Gilbert is the centerpiece this time,
as she stars as Diana Ruthven, a sexy vampire who, during the opening
sequence, gets staked and skeletonized in 1897 California, only to be
resurrected a few scenes later in modern-day Los Angeles. It seems that
Diana and her equally resurrected vampire brother Lord Ruthven (Arthur
Roberts) both lust after the same woman, the naïve, yet frequently nude
Roxanne (Kennedy Johnston), and the two are at odds over who should
ultimately get her. I should point out that Diana and Lord Ruthven have
been resurrected for some reason or another by Count Dracula (Tony
Clay), here played with a much appreciated degree of low-key campiness.
A convenient plot point, which states the only way Lord Ruthven can
drink blood is if it is first filtered through Diana, is a well-placed
excuse for what a film like this absolutely lives for, which is comely
nude women fondling and caressing each other, all in the name of a
vampire selecting victims. And there is plenty of that here, as well as
the obligatory strip club sequence, a sexy dance number by newcomer Jana
Thompson (putting a wooden stake to new use as a prop) and a general
all-around dose of beautiful women tethered loosely to a kitschy vampire
tale that dabbles in such important issues as reincarnation, eternal
lust, and how to put a small wading pool to good use.
Sure, there are oodles of gorgeous women, but Glut also gives some props
to Spanish horror film legend Paul Naschy, who starred in countless
werewolf films throughout the 1960s and 1970s, by tossing a supporting
role his way as a spectral priest; if you're at all familiar with his
work you might get a kick out of seeing him here. His wild-eyed
performance, which is all in Spanish, consists largely of harassing Lord
Ruthven from the great beyond, and while not the zenith of his acting
career, is at the very least a nice homage from Glut.
Don't confuse this with art, but it is certainly at the top of the heap
in its particular genre pile. It's all about the sexy, and Glut delivers
what he promises, with more than a little help from Glori-Anne Gilbert.
Rating for Style: B
Rating for Substance: B
Image Transfer Review: Presented in
nonanamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen, the transfer of Countess Dracula's
Orgy of Blood is probably the best that any of Glut's films have
ever looked on DVD. No major grain issues to beef about, and the image
is noticeably sharp and detailed. Colors look solid, and the abundant
acres of jiggling fleshtones remain consistent, though some of the
interiors (especially Dracula's 'castle' ) come across slightly soft.
Still, a mighty fine effort from Retromedia, one that more than does
justice to Glut's film.
Image Transfer Grade: B
Audio Transfer Review: Here's the shocker of all shockers—this
title sports a 5.1 surround stereo track. For a lusty, low-budget genre
disc like this, that is truly groundbreaking stuff if you ask me, and
has certainly raised the bar a notch or two (are you listening,
This is hardly a reference disc, but the rear channels get sprinkled
with things like dogs barking or crowd noise, and it helps to elevate
the overall presentation quite a bit. Dialogue (maybe not the most
memorable part of this film) is clear at all times, and the Peter Damien
original music sounds rich and groovy.
Audio Transfer Grade: B+
Extras Review: Writer/director Donald F. Glut, editor Dean
McKendrick, and actress Glori-Anne Gilbert contribute a full-length,
scene-specific commentary track to kick off the supplement section. As
with Glut's equally informative track on
The Mummy's Kiss, this one is nicely layered in terms of
legitimate production info about the hassles and challenges of putting
together a film for less than $100,000. Glut and McKendrick touch on all
sorts of film-related factoids, and go into detail about his selection
of Spanish horror legend Paul Naschy to play the spectral Padre (and why
he never speaks English) to the trouble with fangs to where various
sequences where shot. Gilbert chimes in periodically, acting more as a
color commentator, at least when compared to the in-depth input of Glut
Count Gore De Vol's Creature Featurette (13m:24s) is an interview
with Glut, as part of the Creature Feature, the Web Program
series. De Vol (the hammy vampire TV host alter ego of Richard Dyszel)
gives the writer/director the chance to talk up his film a bit, offer up
a brief synopsis and further explain to the uninitiated just who Paul
Naschy is, and why Glut wanted to cast him.
A Bloopers/Outtakes reel (08m:27s), introduced by good ol' Count
Gore De Vol, is your typical set of flubbed lines and troublesome
effects, enhanced slightly by some additional nudity. Jana Thompson, who
does a steamy dance sequence, seems uncharacteristically shy, and Tony
Clay's constantly loose fangs are good for a quick laugh. A lengthy
theatrical trailer, featuring plenty of Glori-Anne Gilbert nekkid, is
The disc is cut into a skimpy six chapters, with no subtitle options.
Extras Grade: B
Final Comments: Attention, all you purveyors
and aficionados of campy, sexy B-movie hokum!
Donald F. Glut continues what I consider to be his rapid, unchallenged
ascent to master of the genre with Countess Dracula's Orgy of Blood,
an enjoyably goofy and lusty bit of bare boob fun featuring a steady
parade of gorgeous women, led by bosomy cult favorite Glori-Anne
To add some credibility, Glut features a supporting role for Spanish
horror icon Paul Naschy, without skimping on the frequent bouts of
erotic girl-on-girl softcore couplings.
Not for everyone, but this is a hearty recommendation for any fan of the
reviewed by RICHARD ROSELL
A VAMPIRE FILM WITH
HEART – AND BREASTS.
Writer director Donald Glut is currently the last
man standing in imaginative and intelligent erotic horror. His
unfortunately titled "Countess Dracula's Orgy of Blood" brings expertise
and reverence to the vampire genre, plus a welcome heterosexuality that
has been drained (pun intended) by the likes of Ann Rice, Clive Barker,
David DeCoteau, and their imitators. Unlike the horror-ignorant
productions from Seduction Cinema, Troma, Playboy Films, and lesser
filmmakers that exploit the vampire form for dull, formulaic T&A, Glut's
eroticism rises FROM the sub-genre's conventions. He essentially brings
out the sexuality which the Universal and even Hammer films could only
hint at, making it delightfully profane. To that end he is wonderfully
assisted by an amazing Glori Ann-Gilbert, whose unrestrained performance
as a sexually insatiable, erotically beautiful vampire hits every
fantasy mark. There is also a fleeting turn by iconic Spanish Horror
star Paul Naschy as a tortured monk that provides a rewarding link to
the past and reflects Glut's appreciation for it. Though the movie is
hampered by low-budget realities and some unnecessary intentional
campiness, it's the best erotic horror film in years, and a key step in
Glut's ascent to major minor filmmaker.
reviewed by Lou Aguilar