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Count Dracula (1970)

Nachts, wenn Dracula erwacht (original title)
PG | | Drama, Horror | 12 October 1973 (USA)
Count Dracula, a gray-haired vampire who regains his youth by dining on the blood of maidens, is pursued in London and Transylvania by Professor Van Helsing, Jonathan Harker and Quincey Morris after he victimizes them and their loved ones.


Jesús Franco (as Jesse Franco, Jess Franco, Jesus Franco Manera)


Bram Stoker (novel), Erich Kröhnke (story) (as Erik Krohenke) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview:
Christopher Lee ... Count Dracula
Herbert Lom ... Professor Van Helsing
Klaus Kinski ... Renfield
Maria Rohm ... Mina
Fred Williams ... Jonathan (as Frederick Williams)
Soledad Miranda ... Lucy
Jack Taylor ... Quincey
Paul Muller ... Dr. Seward


This is Franco's version of Bram Stoker's Dracula and a non Hammer production film to star Christopher Lee as the Count once again. An English lawyer travels to Transylvania to meet his client Count Dracula for property matters. While staying in a lodge at Bistritz for the night, he is warned by the caretaker's wife against continuing his journey the following day. The lawyer ignores her warning as pure superstitious beliefs n sets off for the rest of his journey and arrives at the Borgo Pass where he's picked up by the Count's mysterious coachman. After reaching the Count's castle, he is welcomed by a thin, tall, gaunt old man who introduces himself as Count Dracula. Written by Fella_shibby@yahoo.com

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The moon is full... the grave is empty... and terror stalks the land! See more »


Drama | Horror


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Did You Know?


A late 1990s VHS version released in the U.K. used an image of Sir Christopher Lee from Horror of Dracula (1958) on the front cover. See more »


When Jonathan turns down the "Coachman's" flask, he says "No thank you, I don't need it" without moving his lips. See more »


Count Dracula: [howling is heard from outside] The children of the night... what music they make.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits (English and Spanish prints only): "Over fifty years ago Bram Stoker wrote the greatest of all horror stories. Now, for the first time, we retell, exactly as he wrote, one of the first - and still the best - tales of the macabre." See more »

Alternate Versions

A 90-minute US version has the church-choir music removed from the climactic scenes, and tighter editing of those scenes. See more »


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one of the best and most authentic versions ever made
9 November 2001 | by reasonbran234See all my reviews

this is an unjustly obscured, great horror film that does more justice to the novel than any of the Hammer versions but maintains their atmosphere perfectly and outdoes "the horror of dracula" by far. christopher lee looks just like the description of the Count in stoker's novel, and far from being 'funny' or 'cheap' as some of the other reviewers here have called it (did they watch the same movie, or what?), you don't doubt it's reality for a moment. the soundtrack is really eerie and appropriate to some of the truly horrifying scenes, such as the poor woman screaming outside the castle at dracula to give her baby back, and the surrealistic scene in which jonathan harker leaps out the castle's window. kinski is superb and utterly convincing (and i'm usually not all that impressed by him) as renfield, and it is really creepy to watch his behavior at times. (especially when he eats bugs and smears the friggin blood on the rubber walls. ick!) in fact, i could find very little wrong with this movie at all, and any true horror fan will revere it. not just a must watch, a must own.

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Release Date:

12 October 1973 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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