Dracula Blows His Cool – original title: Graf Dracula in Oberbayern and Graf Dracula (beißt jetzt) in Oberbayern on publicity material – is a 1979 German comedy horror film written and directed by Carl Schenkel [as Carlo Ombra]. It has also been released as Dracula 2000; Hotel Drakula and Dracula Sucks (not to be confused with the 1978 movie of the same name).
The film stars Gianni Garko (as both Stan, the hero, and Count Dracula), Betty Vergès, Bea Fiedler, Giacomo Rizzo, Ralf Wolter and Linda Grondier. It was made in quick response to the success of American comedy movie Love at First Bite (it took nearly $44 million at the US box office) but was not released in the USA until 1982.
Stan (Garko), a men’s magazine photographer takes his models go to a Bavarian castle and they encounter his vampiric great-grandfather (also Garko)…
” …this movie is basically just a pretence for stupid comedy. We get a bunch of silly characters making faces or reacting to silly things. Case in point: one of the villagers is having a torrid affair with a fellow villager. She sneaks away before the woman’s husband arrives, but the man doesn’t know. He expresses his love for the woman, only for it to be revealed as the lead prude. Cue silly face for the camera.” Mondo Bizarro
“Whilst the film missed the mark severely there was one interesting moment of social satire when Stan discovers the truth and uses the vampires as a tourist lure, turning the castle into a hotel and having people pay to be bitten. It took the vampires and made them the victim of the socio-political vampirism of capitalism. There is even a line about if they had a vampire union they could collective bargain better terms and conditions. It was, however, too little too late.” Taliesen Meets the Vampires
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