While owing its roots more towards traditional horror films, Count Yorga, Vampire could almost be known as a serious spoof of such films. Instead of going the tongue-in-cheek route with the script, the film takes its story seriously, while somehow managing to turn all the normal conventions of horror films on their ears. Half of the film seems to be spent having Dr. Hayes trying to convince all the other disbelieving characters that vampires could actually exist and that one is responsible for everything that is going on. He doesn't do it with the wild eyed raving of a madman either, but with calm, rational explanations of the legend of vampires and how one could exist in the present day. To the screenwriters credit, none of the characters relent on their skepticism (not even the police, whom Hayes routinely tries to contact over the matter), even as Hayes has them getting ready to commit murder in order to prove him right. Even early on, during the seance scenes, the characters refuse to believe in the supernatural and make jokes all throughout the ceremony which end up closing down the proceedings early. While none of this may seem totally fresh to those brought up on horror films of the late eighties and nineties, for its time, Count Yorga was slightly revolutionary.
Unfortunately, despite its interesting change-of-pace script, the film is bogged down with relentless dialogue scenes that tend to kill its hip edge. The fact that it takes nearly thirty minutes for Paul and Erica to be attacked in their van, an event which is heralded as the beginning of the plot proper, is living proof of how plodding the film is at times. Once the driving force behind the story has occurred, it is still a long time off until the final showdown we know is going to occur between Yorga and the belabored doctor. In between these scenes are dogged explanations of vampire lore and uneventful near-confrontations between the vampire and the characters. For a film that many have claimed to be fast paced, I sure could not tell it from the evidence gleaned here.