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Dracula's Dog (1977)

R | | Horror | 8 May 1977 (UK)
Russian soldiers accidentally unleash the servant of Dracula, as well as his dog, during excavations of Romania. Together, they set out for America, to find the last descendant of the great... See full summary »

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Albert Band
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Pataki ... Michael Drake / Count Dracula
Jan Shutan Jan Shutan ... Marla Drake
Libby Chase Libby Chase ... Linda Drake
John Levin John Levin ... Steve Drake
Reggie Nalder ... Veidt Smith
Cleo Harrington Cleo Harrington ... Pat Parks
Tom Gerrard Tom Gerrard ... Maslov, the guard
Bob Miller Bob Miller ... Lieutenant
Gordon McGill Gordon McGill ... Second Officer
Al Ferrara ... Al, the deputy
Roger Pancake Roger Pancake ... Sheriff
Sally Marr Sally Marr ... Camper
Merryl Jay Merryl Jay ... Camper
Jackie Drake Jackie Drake ... Camper
John Kirby John Kirby ... Traveller
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Russian soldiers accidentally unleash the servant of Dracula, as well as his dog, during excavations of Romania. Together, they set out for America, to find the last descendant of the great Count. Written by Humberto Amador

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Horror

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Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Zoltan, Hound of Dracula See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Zoltan is etymologically connected with, or derived from, the Arabic root to the English word sultan. See more »

Goofs

Michael Drake is referred to as the last heir of Dracula, but he has 2 children. See more »

Quotes

Michael Drake: The dogs dead... it's over.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'X' rating. All cuts were waived in 1987 when the film was granted a '18' certificate for home video. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Fear at 400 Degrees: The Cine-Excess of Suspiria (2009) See more »

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Zoltan has more bite than the critic's bark
18 June 2011 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Blending the vampire and creature feature themes, Albert Band's "Zoltan" is a haunting filmscape canvassing Dracula's faithful undead servant Veidt Schmidt (Nalder) and bloodhound named Zoltan, awoken from their eternal slumber to locate Dracula's last known descendant (Pataki) and restore the undead dynasty. Pataki is on vacation with his family and two German Shepherds when Detective Jose Ferrer arrives to deliver the bad news.

Routinely panned as a monumental lemon, I have no trouble enjoying the creepy performance of the tight-lipped, scar-faced Nalder, his dialogue delivered telepathically as he commands the dutiful Zoltan (a savage looking greyhound) to execute opposition to their mission. Pataki is virtually a bewildered bystander as Ferrer has to convince him that not only is he the last adult descendant of Count Dracula, but that his lineage want him converted to undead status. Arlene Martel has a small supporting role as one of the foolish uniforms who exhume the long-dead vampires in the film's prologue, while some viewers might also recognise Simmy Bow and JoJo D'Amore in a humorous cameo as a pair of ill-fated fishermen.

Suspenseful at times (e.g. Ferrer and Pataki holed up in the log cabin while the pack terrorise them throughout the night), "Zoltan" is a novel twist on the Dracula theme and not, in my opinion deserved of the criticism - it's clearly a B-movie, yet technically well constructed with a moody atmosphere, some gruesome shocks and downright entertaining.


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