Dracula and Son (1976)

aka Dracula pere et fils
Article 3358 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 9-11-2010
Posting Date: 10-24-2010
Directed by Edouard Molinaro
Featuring Christopher Lee, Bernard Menez, Marie-Helene Breillat
Country: France
What it is: Vampire comedy

When revolution drives them away from their castle in Transylvania, Dracula and his son escape to Paris and London respectively.

First of all, I think it’s important to specify that I saw the 79 minute English dubbed version of this movie. This is an important detail, because reportedly this version made mincemeat of the original French version of the film, and even if you didn’t know that from the outset, you’d be able to tell; there’s a lot of annoying narration, there’s an enormous amount of dubbed talking going on when none of the characters appear to be moving their mouths, many of the jokes seem geared to Americans (such as the fact that the son is dubbed with a Don Adams impersonation), and the repeated sequence that purports to be a scene of a movie being shot is obviously the same footage again and again, probably taken out of context from another part of the movie. Especially disappointing is the fact that Christopher Lee was dubbed by someone else; Lee claims he dubbed his own voice, but it looks like they didn’t use his dub, probably because of the heavy doctoring of the script that no doubt occurred. This version is a very silly movie, with weird self-referential jokes (the father becomes famous because he looks like Christopher Lee) and endless celebrity impersonations. Reportedly, the original version had some political themes, but little of that seems left. It’s sporadically amusing but mostly dumb. I may have to find a subtitled copy of the original movie to judge it fairly, so for now, it’s best to realize that my comments here refer only to the English language version.

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