Dracula and Son

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Dracula and Son
Draculapere.jpg
French film poster
Directed by Edouard Molinaro[1]
Produced by Alain Poire[1]
Written by Alain Godard
Edouard Molinaro
Jean-Marie Poiré[1]
Based on Paris-Vampire 
by Claude Klotz[1][2]
Starring Christopher Lee
Music by Vladimir Cosma[1]
Cinematography Alain Levent[1]
Edited by Monique Isnardon
Robert Isnardon[1]
Release dates
  • September 15, 1976 (1976-09-15) (France)
  • 1979 (1979) (United States)
[2][3]
Running time 96 minutes[1]
Country France[1]
Language French[1]

Dracula and Son (French: Dracula père et fils) is a 1976 French comedy and horror film directed and written by Edouard Molinaro. The film is about a vampire father and son.

Plot[edit]

With angry villagers driving them away from their castle in Transylvania, Dracula (Christopher Lee) and his son Ferdinand (Bernard Menez) head abroad. Dracula ends up in London, England where he becomes a horror movie star exploiting his vampire status. His son, meanwhile, is ashamed of his roots and ends up a night watchman in Paris, France where he falls for a girl. Naturally, tensions arise when father and son are reunited and both take a liking to the same girl.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

Dracula and Son was released in France on September 16, 1976.[2] It was released in 1979 in the United States.[3] The American distributor of the film cut many scenes in the film and replaced them with different gags.[4]

Reception[edit]

Allmovie gave the film a rating of two stars out of five, but noted that "this was a very witty film prior to its decimation by an uncaring American distributor.[4] A review in TV Guide gave a positive review of three stars out of four, noting that the film "actually works because it treats its subject with respect and doesn't degrade it for cheap, campy laughs." while noting that the film has a "poor dubbing job" that made the character Ferdinand Poitevin sound like a cross between Woody Allen and Austin Pendleton.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Browning, 2010. p.72
  2. ^ a b c "Dracula père et fils (1976) Edouard Molinaro". Ciné-Ressources (in French). Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Hallenbeck, 2009. p.218
  4. ^ a b Binion. Cavett. "Dracula Père et Fils (1976)". Allmovie. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dracula And Son: Review". TV Guide. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Browning, John Edgar; Picart, Caroline Joan (2010). Dracula in Visual Media:Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010. McFarland. ISBN 0786433655. 
  • Hallenbeck, Bruce G. (2009). Comedy-Horror Films:A Chronological History, 1914-2008. McFarland. ISBN 0786433329. 

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