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Dracula and Son (1976)

Dracula père et fils (original title)
PG | | Comedy, Horror | May 1979 (USA)
Son grows up with father, leaves to go to big city in 1979. Father follows and tries to survive as a vampire in a modern world. Son finds girl, decides not to be a vampire anymore. Great ... See full summary »

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Bernard Menez ...
Ferdinand
Marie-Hélène Breillat ...
Nicole
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Herminie
Mustapha Dali ...
Khaleb
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Jean
Claude Génia ...
Marguerite
Jean-Claude Dauphin ...
Cristéa
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Miss Gaylor
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Le responsable de l'usine
Raymond Bussières ...
L'homme âgé à l'ANPE
Xavier Depraz ...
Le majordome
Jean Lescot
Albert Simono ...
Le vendeur de cercueils
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Son grows up with father, leaves to go to big city in 1979. Father follows and tries to survive as a vampire in a modern world. Son finds girl, decides not to be a vampire anymore. Great ending! Written by Patricia Purvin <pap@mail.utexas.edu>

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From the man who brought you "La Cage aux Folles" - Edward Molinaro - comes another very funny movie.

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This was the tenth and final film in which Christopher Lee played Count Dracula. See more »

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Painful

Under most circumstances I award films that can't be appraised honestly a neutral 5/10 score, and there are many reasons for doing so. Extensive cuts, abominable presentations, impenetrable dubbing, re-editing by distributors who were too clueless to just leave the movie alone, and content that is too oblique for traditional critical appraisal.

"Dracula & Son" has all of that going wrong to begin with, and then some. Currently the film only exists -- as far as I know -- in an abominable, unfunny, disheartening 78 minute fullscreen hack-job recycled from a Columbia Pictures Home Video release from 1982. I adore Christopher Lee and have a thing for bizarre, offbeat, low budget European genre films. To say this movie sucks misses the point, however, that what we are seeing in the 78 minute English print is NOT the movie that was originally made in 1976. Until that turns up, this will have to do. Ugh.

History tells us that the film was shot in France and Yugoslavia in French with the multi- lingual Christopher Lee first speaking his lines in English on camera which he sportingly dubbed into French himself for the original 96 minute version. For whatever reason, Columbia Pictures (who picked up the movie for distribution in Britain & America) then had a voice actor re-dub Lee's voice back into English all over again when they finally got around to releasing it in the new world in 1979.

Not only that, but as seen in this English print everybody's voices have been re-dubbed by what sounds like American voice actors who liked to do tons of cocaine, thought they were unbearably funny, and got a kick out of "Young Frankenstein", with lots of dork-rod Brooklyn accents for Dracula, his nebbish son (Bernard Menez, looking confused most of the time), their fetching French love interest (sexy Marie-Hélène Breillat), and everybody else in the movie ... all of whom are obviously French, and do not look like they grew up on Flatbush Avenue. Just watching the movie for the first time is an extremely painful experience, and it's only after multiple forced screenings that some of the gags have started to become even mildly amusing.

A bit more research, however, reveals some interesting information: "Dracula & Son" is in fact Christopher Lee's final performance as Count Dracula to date. The film's basic story was apparently adapted from a novel of the same name. And this was the 2nd horror/comedy vehicle for it's co-star, Bernard Menez, for whom this was a 2nd try at mixing vampire thrills with a sex/comedy twist and starring a former Hammer Films bigwig after 1974's even more obscure "Tendre Dracula", with Peter Cushing in his only screen appearance as the Count. Which is a better film because they had less to work with, had to push themselves, and came up with more, where it seems with "Dracula & Son" they had more money, more access to locations & talents, and less disciplined results.

So I am not sure what to say about this movie. It's impossible to really judge it based upon what's left to see now after 30 years of neglect & abuse. How about this: You should probably make a point to see it for yourself, and if you find yourself not disliking it too intensely, be pleased. Hopefully someone will restore this to it's complete length, there's no way to really assess the film as it exists now. But something just tells me that even then it would still suck.

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