Dracula Exotica is not an X-rated version of Bram Stokers Dracula (1897) or a remake any of the film adaptations as some people have insisted. If anything, it reads more like a straight version of the then-recent comedy Love at First Bite (1979), which had a revived Dracula forced to vacate his castle by now-Communist Romania and travelling to present-day New York City with his manservant where he woos the woman who is a reincarnation of his love. Some of the shots of Draculas resurrection and images of him in frilly high-collar shirt seem readily borrowed from the then-recent remake of Dracula (1979) starring Frank Langella.
While the modern porn film is cheaply made and only ever offers up serial sexual encounters with the most minimal plot connecting them, it is a surprise to see Dracula Exotica, which comes from the heyday when porn was made for theatres and shot on film rather than videotape. It is a feature-length film whereas most modern porn films tend to be well under the one-hour mark. It also features that rarity in this particular genre a story. Moreover, it offers a Dracula origin story and a surprisingly psychologically convincing one that his beloved was placed into a nunnery, he ravaged her in his pain and then begged God to withhold him from any redemption that holds just as much water as the more seriously intended origins offered in Bram Stokers Dracula (1992) or Dracula Untold (2014).
Many of the porn scenes seem perfunctory indeed, surely seem the porn equivalent of a man who is over and done within five minutes. There is one modestly evocative scene where Jamie Gilliss reflection appears in Samantha Foxs mirror as she stands and masturbates when you consider that most other porn films consist of no more than unromanticised naked bodies, this does seem a huge amount of style. On the minus side, this is not a film that gives the impression the makers have a high opinion of women who are frequently referred to as whores and cunts, while a covert meeting between spy recruit Samantha Fox and her handler Erik Edwards seems to involve he demanding that she give him a blowjob in a porn theatre. There is also what must be a first for a pornographic film a necrophilia scene as a male morgue attendant molests a womans corpse.
There is an undeniable sense of humour lurking in the background like when Jamie Gillis meets Vanessa del Rio and in the midst of going down on her stops to ask Can you type? ... How many words a minute? or scenes with him transforming into a bat only to crash into a glass window. The cutest part is the ending where Dracula finally has sex with his reincarnated love Samantha Fox and afterwards the two of them are transformed into pigeons of peace and fly away across the city.
As Dracula, Jamie Gillis plays with a sneer and seems to look down his nose at everything. He however does a quite a good job of mimicking the accent of Bela Lugosi. Curiosity seekers can also spot porn superstar Ron Jeremy in a minor uncredited part as one of the orgiasts in the castle near the start of the film moreover, back at a time when Jeremy was young and handsome rather than overweight and ugly at one point, we even see him being blown as he stands juggling.
Clip from the film here:-