Nocturna, Granddaughter of Dracula (1979)

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RATING½

DIRECTOR– Harry Hurwitz (as Harry Tampa)

PLOT– The Vietnamese belly dancing granddaughter (Nai Bonet) of Dracula discovers tenderness and love with a disco guitarist (Anthony Hamilton) she hired to play at her hotel in Transylvania. Together, they travel to New York City to explore intimacy, drug experimentation and seedy disco clubs.

Really…that’s the plot.

5 REASONS TO WATCH

  1. bell bottoms
  2. not-so-sexy Moe Howard haircuts
  3. laser sounds
  4. compassionate narcotic abuse
  5. old, angry, misogynist front desk clerks

REVIEW– Good Lord. Just when you think you can’t be wowed by another movie, along comes Nocturna. We would love to have been a fly on the wall when this film was pitched.

Nai Bonet dreamed up this abnormal freak-fest as a starring vehicle for herself. And somehow convinced Yvonne De Carlo, John Carradine, Brother Theodore, and other former stars to take big parts in this aberration. Speaking of abhorrent behavior, Brother Theodore, a former character actor/comedian with decades of Hollywood roles under his belt, chews through scenery every minute he’s on-screen…and not in a good way. We don’t know who wrote his misogynistic lines: himself or a screenwriter. Whoever it was, they were clearly under the influence of meth and Andrew Dice Clay.

Nocturna: Granddaughter of Dracula features lots of mediocre dancing, for sure. So, if you’re into that, then you might enjoy aspects of this movie. However, if you’re expecting anything resembling a vampire movie, you will be sorely disappointed.

Nai Bonet… star of Nocturna and inventer of the butt-cape.

(NOT SO) FUN FACT– Antony Hamilton “Tony” Smith (who plays Nocturna’s love interest) was an English-born Australian actor, model, and dancer. Hamilton began his career as a ballet dancer with The Australian Ballet before becoming a model. He later transitioned into acting and won his first notable role in the 1984 television film Samson and Delilah. That same year, he took over the lead role in the series Cover Up after the death of the series’ lead actor, Jon-Erik Hexum in an accidental prop gun mishap. That role lead to an offer to take over for the departing Roger Moore as James Bond. However, once it was discovered Mr. Hamilton was gay, Bond producers withdrew the offer and moved on to Timothy Dalton. In March 1995, Hamilton died of AIDS-related pneumonia at the age of 42.