Dracula Pere Et Fils (1976)

This French movie — whose title means Dracula and Son — brings Christopher Lee back to the role he may be most famous for in his tenth* and final screen appearance as Dracula. It was directed and written by Édouard Molinaro, who made the original La Cage aux Folles.

That arch nemesis of all Universal and Hammer villains, villagers with torches, have finally pushed Dracula and his son Ferdinand out of their home and to England. Actually, they’re torch bearing villagers who have found that they prefer Communism to living under a vampiric dictator.

With all the monster movies being made, the Count finds work playing himself and his son becomes a night watchman. But when they both fall for the same woman, played by Marie-Helene Breillat. Her sister Catherine plays Ferdinand in the beginning.

The American version has lots of reshoots and different jokes. It didn’t come out until 1979 in the U.S., but I don’t remember it causing much noise. Then again, they got a vocieover for Ferdinand that sounds like Don Adams on Get Smart, so go figure.

*The other Lee Dracula films are:

  1. The Horror of Dracula
  2. Dracula Prince of Darkness
  3. Dracula Has Risen From His Grave
  4. Taste the Blood of Dracula
  5. Scars of Dracula
  6. Dracula A.D. 1972
  7. Satanic Rites of Dracula
  8. Jess Franco’s Count Dracula
  9. In Search of Dracula

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