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Count Dracula (1970)

Nachts, wenn Dracula erwacht (original title)
PG | | Horror | 12 October 1973 (USA)
Jess Franco's version of the Bram Stoker classic has Count Dracula as an old man who grows younger whenever he dines on the blood of young maidens.


(as Jesse Franco)


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Credited cast:
Reinfierd (as Klaus Kinsky)
Fred Williams ...
Dr. Seward
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franco Castellani ...
Renfield's Warden


Jess Franco's version of the Bram Stoker classic has Count Dracula as an old man who grows younger whenever he dines on the blood of young maidens.

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12 October 1973 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Harker is erroneously referred to as "Jonathan Winters" in the blurb of one video release. See more »


When Dracula and Harker pass in front of a mirror, the Count is holding a candelabra. Of course the Count has no reflection, but the candelabra should have been visible. See more »


Count Dracula: One of my race crossed the Danube a destroyed the Turkish host.Though sometimes beaten back he came again and again then at the end he came again for he alone could triumph.This was a Dracula indeed.
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Well done, Mr. Franco!
17 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

A really good Dracula adaptation indeed! I liked it even better than Francis Ford Coppola´s multi million Dollar version of Bram Stroker´s classic novel! Unimaginable what Franco had done if he would have had a higher budget... However, it doesn´t seem to need much money to create a gothic atmosphere, which is so creepy that you can feel a cold breeze in your neck. Once more horror legend Christoper Lee is giving the demonic vampire lord and he´s as perfect as usual in the role, but the most impressive part has Herbert Lom as Dr. Van Helsing, what even makes Hollywood superstar Sir Anthony Hopkins looking like an old fogey! But Franco, who directed such mini classics like "Vampyros Lesbos" as well as awful turkeys, wouldn´t be the same of there wasn´t a bundled load of camp: Especially, I liked the plastic bats where you can clearly see the strings they were fixed on. Another problem is the part of acting genius Klaus Kinski: it´s a total riddle to me why Franco hadn´t stretched his brilliance more, because Kinski´s sitting the whole time in a rubber room, eats flys and has no text to say... A real waste of talent!! Nevertheless an underrated horror gem!! Really worth to be seen, even if you hate Franco..!

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