Blood Scarab Film Details
Overview: Countess Elizabeth Bathory, history’s infamous lesbian vampire who, centuries ago, bathed in the blood of virgins to preserve her youth, arrives from Transylvania to take over the Los …
Tagline: A Vampire’s Craving! A Mummy’s Curse!
Review: It’s Hollywood, California, and Brinke Stevens, as an archaeologist, is documenting artifacts for her Egyptian museum when a mummy (furnished by John Carl Buechler’s Magical Media Industries) leaves her sarcophagus, on display in a gallery being renovated, as howls from jackals ring out in the distance—I must admit that I thought to myself, “He went for a little walk.” Vlad the Impaler, while peeping on some girls, is warned by his loyal slave, Renfield, of daylight’s approach as the Count opines ever merging the Draculas and Bathories when he planted a “kiss” on Countess Elizabeth Bathory, allowing her the chance to be a member of the undead and his bride. Director Donald Glut knows how sexy softcore porn icon Monique Parent is and often shoots her in long-flowing, see-through gowns, from angles which capture her stunning figure, and particularly naked as much as possible. Truthfully BLOOD SCARAB is smut masquerading as a horror film, although you could see how Glut does have an appreciation for the classics from years gone by. He homages the horror movies he loves in both dialogue and the characters which inhabit his little movie with the likes of Dracula, Mummy, Bathory, and Renfield all figuring into the plot in one way or another. But, BLOOD SCARAB seems to exist more as a movie to titillate than horrify. While she doesn’t even attempt to use an accent appropriate for the Bathory character, Parent does bathe her gorgeous naked body in the blood of virgins kept chained in some Hollywood set representing the dungeons where they imprisoned village girls, pleading for mercy and finding none. Bathory so desperately wants to walk about the day free from the restrictions sunlight causes and learns from Renfield that the mummy was in actuality an Egyptian “blood goddess” with powers in sorcery. This mummy, if provided blood from Bathory will, in turn, give her the needed power to walk during the day. She will also have to choose three “maidens”, drink their blood, and plant on them “the mummy’s kiss”, as well as, worship the Egyptian goddess. Well, she bites three women, to be chosen handmaidens, including the plant of the mummy’s kiss on each, but does not plan to complete her end of the bargain by worshipping the Egyptian goddess. Renfield, not exactly in Bathory’s favor, knows that once she has gained the chance to walk in sunlight won’t require his services any further and will appeal to the Egyptian goddess for help to stop Elizabeth from using her powers without adhering to the rules set out in the agreement. This movie, cheap and corny as you’d expect from a film more concerned with showing bare breasts than horror, has barely any screen time for Dracula who appears at the very beginning, suffering an unfortunate fate at the hands of a hungry Renfield out looking for flies to catch instead of getting his Master to safety before the rising of the sun. The mummy’s battle with Bathory, laughing with a devious relish at the new power given to her through a pact she never intended on keeping, is Glut’s homage to the monster mashes of old Universal, although it isn’t exactly overwhelming in its delivery. The movie will probably work best for Parent’s followers who enjoy seeing her in stages of undress. She does bathe her breasts in the sunlight, much like the earlier blood bath which could arouse. As far as the movie goes, it just doesn’t work as a horror film, though Parent bares her fangs and hisses before biting into the breasts of her victims (yeah, Bathory likes to bite breasts when drinking blood instead of the jugular, a preference I didn’t exactly mind, to tell you the truth).Tony Clay is one of the least sexy Draculas I can think of from recent memory. Natasha Diakova is quite stunning as Mina, Bathory’s first American victim, with a Hungarian accent to match. Diakova gets several chances to mimic Lugosi much to my delight and practically spends her entire screen time either naked or scantily clad. Cindy Pucci is definitely cast because of her willingness to pop her top, instead of her acting chops. While another in a long series of glorified cameos, Brinke Stevens is a welcome sight as the archaeological professor who tells Renfield the story of the Egyptian goddess.
Duration: 81 min
Also known as: Blood Scarab