The Devil's Wedding Night (1973)
In this early-70s romp of the undead, a man named Franz Schiller (Mark Damon) is shown a mystical amulet by his twin brother Karl. The amulet, it is foretold, might protect its wearer from vampires, leading Franz on a journey to Castle Dracula in Transylvania in search of the mystical (and awkwardly-named) Ring of Nibelungen.
Karl follows and discovers that their quest interrupted the Night of the Virgin Moon, a time when La Contessa Dracula (Sarah Bay) bathes in the blood of virgins, and an orgy of sex, violence and funky bald vampires follows.
Looking for vampire carnage? We got it. Several victims find themselves on the business end of pointy teeth, and virgins are sacrificed. Vamps meet their demise at the pointy end of a wooden stake.
On the nudity front, if you're looking for pre-disco era mams, you won't be disappointed. Franz seduces a busty chambermaid, and later beds the countess; the countess and her lady-in-waiting have sex, and it is suggested Karl hops in to make it a three-way, though it's hard to tell for sure given the awkward camera cuts.
At one point a character becomes a vampire bat (realized with a horribly obvious stuffed animal) mid-coitus, no less.
A man looking ominously like Robert Blake in “Lost Highway” is repeatedly asked for directions to the castle. Each time, he silently points the way, then smiles into the camera; characters drink wine, then maniacally laugh, and he is involved in the hilariously abrupt ending of the film.
We also have a mythology violation warning. Vampires are shown sleeping in open coffins in direct sunlight, and one vampire even cavorts in direct sunlight with no ill effects.
On the technical side, the rapid cuts are disjointing, at times to good effect, but at others it's simply difficult to tell what's going on. Also, at several points the audio seems mismatched to the actors' mouths.
The film is available on DVD and is packaged as an episode of the 1980s-era late-night horror TV program “Elvira’s Movie Macabre,” in which Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (Cassandra Peterson) appeared between commercial breaks to make snarky comments about the movie. She appears her pale, chesty glory, cracking bad jokes at the film's expense.
The film is an Italian import, with Americanized names in keeping with 1970s xenophobia (director Luigi Batzella becomes Paul Solvay, co-star Rosalba Neri becomes Sarah Bay, among others.
WARNING: This trailer is NSFW.