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Son of Dracula (1973)

PG | | Animation, Comedy, Horror | May 1973 (USA)
Due to be crowned King of the Netherworld by his mentor Merlin the Magician at a monster's convention Count Downe, the son of Count Dracula, falls in love with the beautiful but human Amber... See full summary »

Director:

Freddie Francis

Writer:

Jennifer Jayne (screenplay) (as Jay Fairbank)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Nilsson ... Count Downe
Ringo Starr ... Merlin
Freddie Jones ... The Baron
Suzanna Leigh ... Amber
Dennis Price ... Van Helsing
David Bailie ... Chauffeur
Shakira Caine ... Housekeeper (as Shakira Baksh)
Maurice Bush Maurice Bush ... Monster
John Colclough ... Bill (as John Coleclough)
Nita Lorraine Nita Lorraine ... Gorgon Woman
Skip Martin ... Igor
Dan Meaden Dan Meaden ... Count Dracula
Rachelle Miller Rachelle Miller ... Club Hostess
Beth Morris Beth Morris ... Wendy
Jenny Runacre ... Woman in Black
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Storyline

Due to be crowned King of the Netherworld by his mentor Merlin the Magician at a monster's convention Count Downe, the son of Count Dracula, falls in love with the beautiful but human Amber and finds himself in conflict with Baron Frankenstein who is vying for the same honorary title. Written by Vince Oldham

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The First Rock-and-Roll Dracula Movie!


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Son of Drac See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Apple Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was never released on video and isn't likely to be issued on DVD. Ringo Starr has said that the film is so terrible, he can't possibly authorize an official release. See more »

Crazy Credits

After "The End" appears onscreen to announce the end of the movie, it's followed by "or is it?" See more »

Connections

References The Godfather (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

At My Front Door
Written by Ewart Abner (as Abner) and John C. Moore (as Moore)
Performed by Harry Nilsson (uncredited)
Produced by Richard Perry (uncredited)
bass: Klaus Voormann; congas: Ray Cooper (uncredited); drums: Ringo Starr (uncredited); guitar: Peter Frampton (uncredited); guitar: Chris Spedding (uncredited); piano: Nicky Hopkins (uncredited); saxophone: Bobby Keys (uncredited)
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Sad waste of celluloid
10 June 2006 | by FriscoKiddSee all my reviews

Imagine "Rocky Horror" with every drop of vitality, wit and cinematic talent sucked out by a toothless vampire, and you begin to approach the experience of watching "Son of Dracula." As a die-hard Nilsson fan (is there any other kind?), I can't even recommend this film to fellow completionists who simply *have* to see this movie. You really aren't missing much. Ringo, buried under a mass of grey hair, long beard and pointy wizard's hat, is unrecognizable - that is, until he opens his mouth and his completely inappropriate Liverpool accent slurps out. (How's this for a sample of dialogue poor Ringo must spout: "Mercury, my Mercury, you are subdued tonight... To what import might you tonight transcend?") Nilsson's line delivery is so limp and monotone I was convinced someone else had dubbed his voice from a bad Japanese horror flick. He displays none of the energy and humor which so defines his music, even when lip-synching to his own songs. There is zero camp value here; I can't believe anyone could classify this as a comedy. The storyline is utterly pointless ("biological" son of Dracula must decide whether to become lord of the Netherworld, or undergo a procedure to become human so he can feel love for groovy chick), with werewolves, mummies and Frankenstein's monster thrown in for no discernible reason. I give it 2 stars, one for the fact that the picture is visible, and one for the fact that the dialogue is audible. I hate to advise obsessive collectors like myself to stay away, but if you never manage to hook up with a copy of this off the internet, trust me, you are missing very little.


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