Barebackula

(About gay porn, but without explicit images — these are in an AZBlogX posting — or even detailed discussion of man-man sex, but men’s bodies and sex between men are certainly topics of this posting, so it’s not for children or the sexually modest.)

Yes, a racy portmanteau, of bareback (referring to condomless sex) and Dracula (the legendary vampire), naming a gay porn flick from the Michael Lucas studio in which the legend of Count Dracula is re-worked with cum instead of blood as the life essence. (On the name, compare the 1972 American blaxploitation horror film Blacula.) Front and back covers of the DVD (featuring man-man sex and heavy eye shadow) on AZBlogX.

Truvada. The ad copy for the Lucas flick begins:

In the land of Truvadia lives the Count of Castle Bare.

Truvadia is, of course, the land of the PrEP drug Truvada, a prophylactic against HIV infection that allows for (relatively) safe barebacking. From Wikipedia:

Tenofovir disoproxil/emtricitabine (trade name Truvada) is a fixed-dose combination of two antiretroviral drugs used for the treatment of HIV/AIDS. It was developed by Gilead Sciences and consists of 300 milligrams of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate … and 200 milligrams of emtricitabine.

The drug has been approved in the USA for pre-exposure prophylaxis [PrEP] against HIV infection. The Food and Drug Administration approved it for prophylactic use on July 16, 2012.

For a long tine, Lucas was also a passionate critic of bareback sex in gay porn (as spreading HIV throughout the industry), but with the availability of PrEP, he’s become an exponent of Truvada (takes it himself) and a major producer of bareback porn, of which Barebackula is just the most recent.

Vampires. The Lucas film manages to combine the legend of Count Dracula with the belief in the magical powers of cum, evidenced in the gay male fantasy of absorbing masculinity by taking cum (on the skin, orally, or anally) and with in male rites of passage in a number of cultures.

Then, to refresh your member of things vampirical, from Wikipedia:

A vampire is a being from folklore who subsists by feeding on the life essence (generally in the form of blood) of the living. In European folklore, vampires were undead beings that often visited loved ones and caused mischief or deaths in the neighbourhoods they inhabited when they were alive. They wore shrouds and were often described as bloated and of ruddy or dark countenance, markedly different from today’s gaunt, pale vampire which dates from the early 19th century. Although vampiric entities have been recorded in most cultures, the term vampire was not popularized in the West until the early 18th century, after an influx of vampire superstition into Western Europe from areas where vampire legends were frequent, such as the Balkans and Eastern Europe

Apparently, in Barebackula, the Count feeds on the cum (rather than the blood) of handsome young men, reducing them to pale enslaved servants, while simultaneous infusing them with his life force by fucking them. A complex carnal economy, which I don’t entirely fathom.

Meanwhile, the young men wear extraordinary clothes (Lucas is willing to put out for costumes and sets; for porn, his productions are lavish), and of course their hair is perfect.

Michael Lucas. From Wikipedia:

Michael Lucas (born Andrei Lvovich Treivas …, March 10, 1972, Moscow, Russian SFSR) is a Russian–Israeli-American, gay pornographic film actor, director, activist, writer and the founder/CEO of Lucas Entertainment, New York City’s largest gay-adult-film company. He is a columnist for The Advocate, Huffington Post and Pink News.

The New Republic dubbed Lucas “Gay Porn’s Neocon Kingpin”, and FrontPage Magazine cited him as “the most mainstreamed, provocative, and controversial figure in gay adult entertainment today.” He contends that his film Michael Lucas’ La Dolce Vita is the most expensive gay porn film ever made, with a budget of $250,000 and multiple celebrity cameos.

… Lucas began his career in a German heterosexual pornographic film. While in France, he worked under the influential French director Jean-Daniel Cadinot, appearing as “Ramzes Kairoff” in two gay pornographic films, both released in 1996. Using the name “Michel Lucas,” he worked as a Falcon Exclusive, performing as a top in five films released in 1997 and 1998. He directed his first project, Back in the Saddle, in 1998, and also performed in the film.

Photo of Lucas the porn actor in #2 on the AZBlogX posting, along with this text (mostly to get in my little Don Giovanni joke):

Intense, dominant, big-dicked, and in fabulous shape (though after 20 years acting in gay porn — 20 years in which he fucked probably thousands of guys (ma in America son già mille e tre) — you can feel pretty sure that his fantastic appearance is just that, having been cosmetically and medically enhanced in various ways). Meanwhile, he’s produced elaborate, expensive films on ambitious themes, like Barebackula (as well as quick and cheap films, like his Auditions series). And speaks strongly on any number of controversial topics. He is, for example, a firm proponent of Israel (and has taken Israeli citizenship), opponent of Muslim causes, and critic of the ultra-Orthodox.

La Dolce Vita (2006) is certainly his most elaborate production but Dangerous Liaisons (2005) isn’t very far behind,and other productions — Vengeance (2001), Gigolos (2008), Kings of New York (2010) — are also ambitious. Lucas featured in Gigolos:

(#1)

and some of the Kings cast:

(#2)

(Yes, a number of people have pointed out the resemblance between Lucas’s porn face and Ben Stiller’s pouty face in Zoolander.)

One Response to “Barebackula”

  1. arnold zwicky Says:

    There are many gay vampire films (and tv shows and fiction etc.) — it’s a natural combination — but not so many porn films in the genre. Dennis Lewis has noted two on Facebook. With brief synopses from the net:

    Sons of Satan (1973): A man searching for his brother finds that he has joined a cult of devil-worshiping gay vampires.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0207750/combined

    Gayracula (1983): Count Drac is back – and this time he’s sucking more than just necks! Count Gaylord stalks the streets of L.A. for the hunkiest victims to ever succumb to lust, as well as his enemy, the Marquis de Suede.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0204341/

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