Fracchia contro Dracula

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Fracchia contro Dracula
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Directed byNeri Parenti
Produced by
  • Bruno Altissimi
  • Claudio Saraceni[1]
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Franco Marotta
  • Laura Toscano
  • Neri Parenti
  • Paolo Villaggio[1]
Music byBruno Zambrini[1]
CinematographyLuciano Tovoli[1]
Edited bySergio Montanari[1]
  • Maura International Film
  • Faso Film[1]
Distributed byTitanus
Release date
  • 19 December 1985 (1985-12-19) (Italy)
Running time
94 minutes[1]

Fracchia contro Dracula (also known as Who Is Afraid Of Dracula? and Fracchia Vs. Dracula) is a 1985 Italian horror-comedy film directed by Neri Parenti.[2][3]

Plot summary[edit]

Giandomenico Fracchia, Villaggio's "monstrously shy" character, is tasked to sell a piece of real estate in Transylvania, otherwise he will lose his job. The customer is the obtusely nagging and prickly accountant Arturo Filini, who suffers from heavy nearsightedness and who does not realize that the manor he is interested in is actually Count Dracula's castle. Once on the spot, Fracchia is terrified at the going-ons while Filini, in true Mister Magoo-style, dismisses them as 'tricks' to dissuade him from the estate deal. Meanwhile, a young and attractive vampire hunter (Isabella Ferrari), arrives, determined to avenge the death of her brother, who perished trying to rid the world of Dracula and his cohorts. The events turn even more farcical when Dracula's sister confesses her love for Fracchia to try to avoid being engaged to the Frankenstein Monster. In the end an ash-tipped umbrella seems to solve the situation, but...was it all for real or just a horror-movie fueled nightmare?



Fraccia contro Dracula was distributed theatrically in Italy by Titanus on December 19, 1986.[1] The film grossed a total of 818,235,000 Italian lire.[1] Film historian and critic Roberto Curti stated that the film was a commercial disappointment being released at a fruitful time of the year and only becoming the 60th highest grossing film in Italy of that year.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Curti 2019, p. 127.
  2. ^ Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 2000. ISBN 8877424230.
  3. ^ Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti. B.C. Dalai Editore, 2010. ISBN 88-6073-626-9.
  4. ^ Curti 2019, p. 129.


  • Curti, Roberto (2019). Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1980-1989. McFarland. ISBN 1476672431.

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