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Old Dracula (1974)

Vampira (original title)
PG | | Comedy, Horror | 1975 (USA)
A faulty blood transfusion turns Dracula's wife black.

Director:

Clive Donner

Writer:

Jeremy Lloyd (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Niven ... Count Dracula
Teresa Graves ... Countess Vampira
Peter Bayliss ... Maltravers
Jennie Linden ... Angela
Nicky Henson ... Marc
Linda Hayden ... Helga
Bernard Bresslaw ... Pottinger
Cathie Shirriff ... Nancy
Andrea Allan ... Eve
Veronica Carlson ... Ritva
Minah Bird Minah Bird ... Rose
Christopher Sandford ... Milton
Freddie Jones ... Gilmore
Frank Thornton ... Mr. King
Aimi MacDonald Aimi MacDonald ... Woman in Hotel Room
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A faulty blood transfusion turns Dracula's wife black.

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Taglines:

If You Liked "Young Frankenstein" You'll Love "Old Dracula!"

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Old Drac See more »

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World Film Services See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Katya Wyeth was a possible for Helga. See more »

Goofs

A fruit bat is used for the transformation of Drac and Vampira into a bat, not a vampire bat. See more »

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References Black Gunn (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

When You Look for a Dream
Composed & Sung by by John & Rosalind
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Old, but mostly weak & pitiable Dracula
4 March 2019 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

This movie often gets accused of being a "Young Frankenstein" rip-off, but the producers only altered the title from "Vampira" into "Old Dracula" to cash in on the tremendous success of Mel Brooks horror spoof. The truth is that "Vampira" got filmed prior to "Young Frankenstein" and it also can't hold a candle to that film, as this is a truly poor and almost pitiable attempt at comedy. The great cast, including David Niven and Peter Bayliss, do whatever they can, but Clive Donner's direction is uninspired and especially Jeremy Lloyd's screenplay is anemic and almost entirely devoid of laughs and creativity. In Transylvania, Count Dracula and his male servant Maltravers are hosting tourist tours in the old castle, and every once and a while this also allows them to restorage their blood reserves. When a group of Playboy models visits the castle, they discover that one of them has the same and extremely rare blood type of Dracula's deceased wife Vampira. But, as mandatory in lame comedy, the samples get mixed up and the count's beloved wife resurrects as a feisty black girl. Reason enough for the old-fashioned Count to travel to swinging London where his conservative life-style naturally conflicts with the free-spirited mentality. The best parts of the films are the dialogs between Niven and Bayliss, and even those are lukewarm at best. Everything else is downright pathetic, with as absolute low points Dracula's "night on the town" and the predictable finale with atrocious make-up effects.


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