released OUT NOW! 1972 | 18 | Blu-ray
Micro-budget auteur Jesús Franco always cared more about titillation than terror. This tale of the undead adds a black-gloved touch of the giallo genre to the crypts and fangs – the Count looks like an embalmed Riviera roué – but Franco’s not especially interested in scares, only the chance to roam over his underclad cast. The pace drags but the ’70s Eurochic atmosphere is as heady as a Campari-soaked fever dream.