Reviewed by Uncle Creepy
Starring Tony Isbert, Tina Sáinz, Helga Liné, Narciso Ibáñez Menta
Directed by León Klimovsky
Distributed by BCI/Deimos Entertainment
Let me be clear … I love BCI/Deimos Entertainment. For over a year now they’ve been releasing unbelievable prints of some of the most obscure films I have ever seen. Movies that I grew up watching when I was just a little Creepy and had totally forgotten about. We’re talking gems from the heyday of Euro-horror from the Sixties and Seventies, baby! Their latest release, 1972’s The Dracula Saga, is another long-lost flick that is just begging to be seen by fans old enough to remember and newbies looking for some quick kicks!
We meet husband and wife Berta (Sáinz) and Hans (Isbert) as they’re traveling back to the spot where Berta grew up — Dracula’s castle. Dracula (Menta), his servants, and his brides have quite the homecoming planned for our duo. You see, there’s much cause for celebration! Our happy couple are expecting, and for old Drac that means the continuation of his bloodline. There’s just one hitch — Berta has no idea that she belongs to a family of vampires. I know, I know, the story doesn’t make much sense. Why should Dracula care about the continuation of his bloodline if he’s immortal? How could Berta not have known growing up that she was being raised by bloodsuckers? The simple truth of it is that logic in these type of films plays second fiddle to the madness of the director.
The Dracula Saga is home to all manner of wacky horror devices such as, but not limited to:
I ask you … what’s not to like? These flicks break the boundaries of good and bad. They’re impossible to classify as anything but 100% fun. They just don’t make them like this anymore, and no one does as great a job of bringing them home to us now in their most pristine and complete form than BCI/Deimos Entertainment.
To make sure we fans get the most complete viewing experience possible, included on the DVD as supplemental material is the theatrical trailer, the original opening Spanish language credits sequence, and alternate clothed sequences used for the flick’s Spanish theatrical release. Yep, back then boobies were a no-no so additional footage was shot along with the scenes that contained nudity so as not to run into any problems with censors. Not to worry though; every nipple is brought to life in vivid color here via a stunning hi-def digital transfer from the original negative. YAY!
So what are you waiting for? Get your claws on a copy of this now by clicking the link below or by heading out to your local video store. Just be sure to bring back some brews because Dracula and the gang shouldn’t be the only ones drinking and making merry while diggin’ on the classic carnage!
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