A pair of horror movies from American International Pictures about said titled vampire. Though neither movie shares any continuity with each other, being stand alone stories.
- Count Yorga (Original Title: The Loves of Count Iorga note ): Yorga arrives in Los Angeles from a European country searching for fresh blood and to spread his curse in a land that only sees vampirism as fiction. He targets a woman named Donna who recently lost her mother after being hired to perform a seance. Yorga first goes after her friend, Erica, whose bite wounds and sudden behavior draw the attention of her doctor friend, Hayes, who suspects Yorga might be a vampire.
- The Return of Count Yorga: Yorga arrives in a new community (to which the bridge "conveniently" goes out) and amasses an army of undead women. While out at a charity event for an orphanage, he meets a young woman named Cynthia and becomes smitten with her. He sends his brides to kill her family and bring her to him, brainwashing her into thinking that she was the sole survivor of a car accident and hoping to woo her into willingly becoming a vampire. All the while her boyfriend, Baldwin, investigates her disappearance.
The movies provide the following tropes:
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- Amazon Brigade: Yorga's brides act as this for him.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: No one makes it out of these films alive. Or at the least with their humanity and morality intact.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Even though he dies at the end of both films. Yorga winds up winning posthumously due to a combination of his vampirisim being permanent, everyone who invades his compound being killed or turned, said surviving turned vampires still being evil, and that anyone outside those who knew about him being unaware that vampires exist.
- Breaking and Bloodsucking: In both films, in the first by Yorga himself. The second by his brides to kidnap a target.
- Cassandra Truth: Both movies have them in some form or another.
- Choke Holds: Yorga rather favorite method of execution. As he's a vampire and has superhuman strength, its very effective.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Yorga's brides go around barefoot.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Erica in the first movie, Mitzi in the second. Both after becoming vampires.
- Evil Makeover: Yorga's a very old fashioned vampire, so a lot of his female victims wear gowns after turning. Their pale skin and wild unkempt hair help complete the ensemble.
- Hope Spot: Both movies end with the final two survivors managing to kill Yorga. But one of them is revealed to have been recently turned into a vampire and feeds on the last survivor.
- The Igor: Brudah, Yorga's deformed servant.
- Infant Immortality: Averted. While it wasn't used in the first film, there's mention of a baby being found dead in the woods with teeth marks on its neck and drained of blood. And somewhat unseen in the second, when the kid character runs into Yorga and is turned evil by his power.
- Kill 'em All: All the characters, including Yorga, are either killed or turned into vampires.
- Large Ham: Yorga when taunting his opponents:Yorga: (Over the intercom in his mansion) Dr. Baldwin. This is Count Yorga. You are going to die. You've been a fool, Doctor, and now you are going to die a horrible death.
- Messy Hair: The brides in both films usually sport this. Though considering they're undead, there's no point in grooming anyway. It actually makes them scarier.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: The vampires' fangs in this film look more like a piranha then vampire. Oddly though, when Yorga bites his female victim, he only leaves tiny pinpricks.
- No Ontological Inertia: Subverted, vampire transformations are permanent. So even if Yorga dies, his victims will stay undead, remain evil and continue to kill and turn people.
- Our Vampires Are Different: They have the usual weakness to sunlight and crosses, but their teeth are very piranha like rather then the two fangs. The turned victims are also rather zombie like with umkempt hair, they almost never speak, (Donna's mother has a few lines in the first film and Ellen in the second when she talks to her boyfriend, post turning), and they are relentless in trying to catch their prey since their dead bodies don't have to worry about stamina or wounds (save a stake to the heart). They also can apparently decay if left underground too long after turning as a few of the brides in the second movie have discolored skin.
- Reality Ensues: It makes sense that Yorga's victims don't change back to normal once he's killed, as they're technically already dead. So even though they're vampires, the people they were as humans are indeed gone.
- Spiritual Successor: 1972's The Deathmaster stars Robert Quarry (who plays Yorga) and was made by the same production team, though it features Quarry as a different vampire character. Many fans and reviews like to name it as an "unofficial" third Yorga movie since it has many of the same undertones.
- Transhuman Treachery: Anyone turned is instantly evil, obeying Yorga without question and attacking friends and family with no hesitation. If Yorga's killed, they continue on with their bloodlust as usual, as was the case with Erica and the unnamed redheaded bride who comes after Donna and Michael even though their master was staked moments before.
- Undeathly Pallor: Pretty much all vampires here.
- Vampire Bites Suck: Oddly not Yorga, but his brides when they feed on anyone.
Count Yorga, Vampire
- Bad Boss: Briefly seen in the first movie when Yorga pushes Donna's mother into a stake to distract Michael and run off.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Yorga's brides in the first film follow this hair color. It was intially just Blonde (Donna's mother) and redhead. Erica joining fulfills the "brunette" of the three.
- Cruel Twist Ending: Michael is the only one left to rescue Donna after Hayes is killed by Yorga's brides (among them friend turned vampire, Erica). He manages to kill Yorga, rescue Donna and chase off his remaining vampire brides. But just as he relaxes and turns to Donna, she lunges at him, fangs bared. He was too late to keep Yorga from turning her.
- Death by Sex: Subverted and played straight in the first movie.
- Eat the Camera: Donna does this at the end of the first film as she attacks Michael upon turning. The screen freezes just as she lunges at him.
- Eats Babies: One of the more infamous scenes in the first movie involved one of the bitten characters, temporarily succumbing to her bloodlust, eating her pet cat. A unused scene from the film showed one of the brides actually eating a baby◊, though it is mentioned later in the film.
- Expy: The film gleans many things from Dracula with Count Yorga being the title character. Baldwin stands in for Dr Steward and Helsing, Michael is Harker, Paul is Quincy, Erica is Lucy, and Donna is Mina. Yorga even has three brides as Dracula did.
- Holy Burns Evil: Naturally crosses are used as a weakness against vampire in this film. However Yorga seems more annoyed when Hayes thrusts a cross at him, apparently still feeling it's effects but having built up a bit immunity to it that it doesn't scare him. His brides however, being modern day vampires, aren't quite as powerful. When Micheal uses a cross against them when they try to chase both Donna and him down some stairs, they instantly cower back from the symbol. Throwing up their arms to shield themselves and even hiding behind the other to try and avoid it.
- Lured into a Trap: Three cases:
- After Erica is taken by Yorga. Her boyfriend, Paul, tries to go rescue her despite knowing that Yorga is a vampire, the (confirmed) probability that Erica is beyond saving and he's going at night. Not surprising, Yorga is waiting for him and easily kills him.
- Near the end, Yorga hypnotizes Donna to sabotage Micheal's alarm clock before having her come to his manor. Micheal and Hayes soon awaken, find out what happened but proceed anyway despite knowing the disadvantage. Hayes splits up to distract Yorga to give Micheal time to find Donna. However Yorga humors Hayes, leads him into his throne room to showcase Erica as his newest addition to his brides, then proceeds to mess with him till his brides awaken and feed on Hayes.
- And lastly, when Micheal finally reaches the throne room, he finds he was too late and Hayes dying on the floor. Hayes tells him where Donna is before passing on. But just as he does, a door to the room opens and the vamped Erica along with a red-haired bride rush into the room to kill him. Unlike the last two example however, Micheal manages to foil this attempt.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: A vampirized Erica and the nameless red-haired bride try to attack Michael after he discovers Hayes' body. He manages to fend them off and raises his stake threateningly. The red-haired bride wisely decides to retreat when he does.◊
- Staking the Loved One: Averted in the first film. Micheal is given the chance to stake the newly vamped Erica (she even stands there and waits for him). He considers it but ultimately can't do it and leaves her in her undead state.
- Virus Victim Symptoms: Erica in the first movie displays these the day after she gets bitten by Yorga. In contrast to her perky self at the start of the movie, she becomes despondent and listless when Hayes looks her over. When her boyfriend tries to call her we see from her end that she's trashed her house and just throws the phone to the floor, staring at it blankly as her boyfriend tries to get her to answer as if she doesn't know what it is. When her boyfriend decides to visit her personally, he's shocked to find her feeding on her pet kitten and screaming like a banshee. And finally when he tries to get in close she growls for him to stay away. She suddenly acts seductively, opening her arms to him, before coming to her senses and crying in his arms, frightened at what she's becoming.
The Return of Count Yorga
- Be Careful What You Wish For: At the party at the beginning of the second movie. Ellen, Cynthia's sister, mentions how cool it would be if vampires were real. A few scenes later, Yorga's brides raid her house, kill her parents, kidnap her sister and turn her into a vampire herself where she promptly helps kill her boyfriend.
- Big "NO!" The last thing Cynthia says as a human before the newly vamped Baldwin bites her.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Tommy, one of the orphan kids, from the second movie. Unlike most examples, it isn't undone at the end of the film.
- Creepy Child: Tommy in the second film after Yorga brainwashes him. He remains stoic for the rest of the film and later kills two of the characters.
- Cruel Twist Ending: Return of Count Yorga: Like the first movie it only comes down to one rescuer, Dr. Baldwin, after the others are killed. He finds Cynthia and makes to escape, but are cornered by Yorga and his army of brides (which include some of their friends and even Cynthia's sister who were turned during the movie). Yorga takes Cynthia to be bitten but Baldwin escapes the brides and continues his pursuit. Things climax on the balcony of the manor where Yorga is killed (by Cynthia no less) and thrown off the building. But just as Cynthia starts to celebrate, she finds to her horror that Baldwin is a vampire (likely bitten by the brides). He promptly grabs and bites Cynthia, ironically dooming her to undeath that he was just trying to prevent not moments ago.
- Immune to Bullets: In Return of Count Yorga, two cops are beset by Yorga's vampire brides in a hallway. They shoot at the two front-most brides. But of course, being walking corpses, they barely flinch or react to the bullet wounds in their stomachs as they keep advancing on the two.
- Lured into a Trap:
- Jason, the boyfriend of Cynthia Nelson, is told by Tommy that he managed to find her. Unbeknowest to Jason, Tommy has been brainwashed by Yorga to serve him. Tommy leads Jason to Ellen where, not surprisingly, she's been turned into a vampire. Her fellow brides jump Jason and, though he manages to escape them, runs right into Yorga who kills him.
- Rise from Your Grave: The opening of the second movie where Yorga commands his vampires brides to crawl out of their graves.
- Slasher Smile: A now undead Ellen (Cythia's sister who, unlike her parents, joins Yorga's brides) sports one of these while being confronted by her boyfriend in the second movie.
- Vagueness Is Coming: The beginning of the second movie sees a priest and Donna discussing the "Santa Anna Winds" which the priest perceives as a bad omen that evil forces are coming. Cut to the graveyard where Yorga is commanding his vampire brides to rise from their graves.