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Son of Dracula (1973)

PG | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | 3 May 1973 (USA)
Due to be crowned King of the Netherworld by his mentor Merlin the Magician (Sir Ringo Starr) at a monster's convention, Count Downe (Harry Nilsson), the son of Count Dracula, falls in love... See full summary »


Freddie Francis


Jennifer Jayne (screenplay) (as Jay Fairbank)




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 (as Morris Bush)
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


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

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The First Rock-and-Roll Dracula Movie!


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Did You Know?


David Bowie was originally considered for the role of Count Downe. Coincidentally, he also recorded for RCA Records at the time. 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 »


Featured in Harry Nilsson: Loneliness (1984) See more »


Written by Harry Nilsson (as Nilsson)
Performed by Harry Nilsson (uncredited)
Produced by Richard Perry (uncredited)
bass: Klaus Voormann (uncredited); drums: Jim Gordon (uncredited); drums: Jim Keltner (uncredited); guitar: Chris Spedding (uncredited); organ: Roger Coolan (uncredited); piano: Harry Nilsson (uncredited); saxophone: Bobby Keys (uncredited); horns played and arranged by Jim Price (uncredited)
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An Oddity of Comedy Horror
18 March 2016 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

I know I have seen this film years ago - memories are vague but I remember seeing it after watching it again on YouTube. It's been years. I'm guessing it was a late night movie on some station in the 1980s when I watched this film the first time.. it's cool to watch it again on YouTube. This movie has never been released to DVD which surprises me. I don't know what kind of a cult following there is for this film - if any at all but it's a film you would think has gathered a following no matter how small the the following.

The music is good in this film. I really enjoy hearing Harry Nilsson sing and play. Harry is Count Downe a musician that falls in love with a mortal woman and he is the Son of Dracula (Dracula is played by Dan Meaden).

Keep in mind this film is a musical comedy if you chose to watch it - a musical comedy horror/fantasy to be more exact - the film does not take itself seriously, it's made for fun/comedy - to entertain.

Also keep in mind this movie is NOT a remake of Son of Dracula (1943) starring Lon Chaney Jr. - it has zero to do with the 1943 film. The only thing that is the same is the title - that's it.

Look for this film on YouTube.


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Release Date:

3 May 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Son of Drac See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Apple Films See more »
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1.85 : 1
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