Vampira (1974 film)
|Directed by||Clive Donner|
|Produced by||Jack Wiener|
|Written by||Jeremy Lloyd|
|Music by||David Whitaker|
|Cinematography||Anthony B. Richmond|
|Edited by||Bill Butler|
|Distributed by||Columbia-Warner (UK)
American International Pictures (U.S.)
|Running time||88 min.|
- For other uses of the name "Vampira," see Vampira (disambiguation).
Vampira (also known as Old Dracula) is a 1974 comedy/horror film spoofing the vampire genre. It stars David Niven and Teresa Graves. Following the success of Young Frankenstein, Vampira was renamed Old Dracula for release in the United States in an attempt to cash in on Young Frankenstein's success.
Count Dracula is an old vampire who, because of his advanced age, is forced to host tours of his castle to get new victims. In an attempt to revive his long-lost love, Vampira, Dracula sets out to collect blood from the bevy of Playboy Playmates living at his castle. However, one of the Playmates whose blood is drained is black, turning the revived Vampira into a black woman.
Dracula enthralls the hapless Marc to collect blood from three white women in hopes of restoring Vampira's original skin color. Dracula transfuses the blood into her but she is unchanged; however, her bite turns Dracula black. Marc and his love Angela race to destroy Dracula but are taken aback upon seeing Dracula's new skin tone. Their surprise gives the vampires time to slip away to catch a flight to Rio for Carnival.
|David Niven||Count Dracula|
|Teresa Graves||Countess Vampira|
|Frank Thornton||Mr. King|
|Aimi MacDonald||Woman in hotel room|
|Patrick Newell||Man in hotel room|
|Kenneth Cranham||Paddy, the Delinquent|
|Carol Cleveland||Jane, the Delinquent's Victim|
|Luan Peters||Pottinger's Secretary|
|Nadim Sawalha||Airline Representative|
|Marcia Fox||Air Hostess|
|Penny Irving||Playboy Bunny|
|Hoima McDonald||Playboy Bunny|
|Nicola Austin||Playboy Bunny|
The film has still not been officially released on DVD.
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