It features sex scenes, nudity, a plot and a grant from the Canadian government.

This is not your average porn film. In fact, it’s Canada’s only X-rated movie from the 1970s.

Nearly 40 years later, Sexcula is making a campy cultish comeback.

“The States made hundreds (of porn films), if not thousands and Canada made only one,” said Dimitrios Otis, a “porn archeologist” who digs into lewd movies from the film era of the early 1970s. He pulled Sexcula from the Library and Archives Canada, where it had been sitting until it piqued someone’s curiosity. Its contents slowly became known until it “snowballed” over time.

Now Otis is going full frontal with Sexcula. He has screened it in theatres in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Paris and soon Ottawa.

Like its name suggests, Sexcula is a “painful play on Dracula,” said Otis. The horror spoof features the likes of curvaceous Dr. Fellatingstein, Countess Sexcula, a sex robot, a guy in a gorilla suit and 70s-style hair – in more places than one.

At the time, there was no Canadian government mechanism to filter out bawdy films, so the $85,000-budget Sexcula got a full tax write-off. However, laws did prevent porn movies from being screened publicly. So soon after it was filmed in the Vancouver area, it only showed once, privately to a small audience in the western city before it was shelved.

Although X-rated at the time, Otis said it’s more along the lines of R-rated compared to today’s, “plastic” porn industry standards.

“It’s supposed to be funny. It’s also unintentionally funny. It’s, like, bad funny,” said Otis.

It also sounds like bad porn. Its creators never intended to make a risqué film, but, given that it was the “free love lifestyle” of the 1970s, some scenes unintentionally ended nude, he said.

“There was some off-screen romance and it sort of became onscreen… with mixed results,” he said.

Sexcula will be screened at the Mayfair Theatre Feb. 8 at 10:45 p.m.

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