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Your Daily Dracula – Robert ‘Corpsy’ Rhine in Dracula in a Women’s Prison (2016)

Your Daily Dracula – Robert ‘Corpsy’ Rhine in Dracula in a Women’s Prison (2016)

Ten years after Werewolf in a Women’s Prison, director Jeff Leroy, writer Vinnie Bilancio and star Victoria De Mare reteamed for back-to-back sequels, Dracula in a Women’s Prison and (inevitably) Frankenstein in a Women’s Prison.  Besides finally having the budget to spring for an apostrophe in the title, the mix is much the same as before – albeit with an increase in CGI effects.

Drago aka Count Dracula (Robert ‘Corpsy’ Rhine) is now governor of the infamous women’s prison in the Latin American hellhole country of Campuna (played by Los Angeles locations).  A fly-eating minion cop hangs about the Angry German diner and busts pretty young tourists on bogus charges (reading banned books like Fifty Grades of Shay) so they can be imprisoned and bled by the vampire guards.  When Rachel Harker (De Mare) vanishes into the prison, her psychic sister Liz (De Mare in another wig) shows up to investigate and teams with waitress Rosie (Rachel Riley), whose relationship to the plot is explicitly described in terms of telenovela complications.  Also on the case is Liz’ useless boyfriend Dan Helsing (Ryan Izay).  Liz gets into the prison and confronts Dracula, but not before a lot of shouting, shrieking, gratuitous sex and violence and general hubbub is got out of the way.  It features an odd if overused CGI gimmick that’s almost distinctive – when vampires are staked or burned, they turn into shrieking bat-muppets before exploding/disintegrating.

Connoisseurs of terrible acting will note a guest turn from porn star Puma Swede, who is so dreadful as a vampire guard that she’s killed off in the first five minutes.  It’s not exactly a distinguished addition to the classic monsters pantheon, but some of the cast are at least enthusiastic – De Mare, who plays four different roles in three movies, is winning and Elissa Dowling goes over the top entertainingly as the boss vampire guard – and there have been worse Draculas than Rhine.  A tag scene at the end segues directly into Frankenstein in a Women’s Prison, which seems to have ended the saga … though I presume the team registered Mummy in a Women’s Prison as a title.


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