Dracula and Son
French theatrical release poster
Directed byÉdouard Molinaro[3]
Written byAlain Godard
Édouard Molinaro
Jean-Marie Poiré[3]
Based onParis-Vampire
by Claude Klotz[3][1]
Produced byAlain Poire[3]
StarringChristopher Lee
CinematographyAlain Levent[3]
Edited byMonique Isnardon
Robert Isnardon[3]
Music byVladimir Cosma[3]
Release dates
  • 15 September 1976 (1976-09-15) (France)
  • 1978 (1978) (United Kingdom)
  • 1979 (1979) (United States)
Running time
96 minutes[3]

Dracula and Son (French: Dracula père et fils) is a 1976 French comedy horror film directed and written by Édouard Molinaro. The film is about a vampire father and son. Christopher Lee reprises his role as Count Dracula from the Hammer Films Dracula film series (in total, this was the 9th and final time Lee played the role of Dracula on film).

In the film, Count Dracula and his son are driven into exile by angry Transylvanian villagers. The father settles in London, and the son settles in Paris. They are reunited when both father and son feel an attraction to the same girl.


With angry villagers driving them away from their castle in Transylvania, Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) and his son Ferdinand (Bernard Ménez) head abroad. The Prince of Darkness ends up in London, England where he becomes a horror movie star exploiting his vampire status.

His son, meanwhile, is ashamed of his roots and ends up a night watchman in Paris, France where he falls for Nicole, a French girl. Naturally, tensions arise when father and son are reunited and both take a liking to the same girl.



Dracula and Son was released in France on 15 September 1976.[1] It was released in 1979 in the United States.[2] The American distributor of the film cut many jokes in the film and replaced them with different gags.[4]


Allmovie gave the film a rating of two stars out of five, but noted that "this was a very witty film prior to its decimation by an uncaring American distributor.[4] A review in TV Guide gave a positive review of three stars out of four, noting that the film "actually works because it treats its subject with respect and doesn't degrade it for cheap, campy laughs." while noting that the film has a "poor dubbing job" that made the character Ferdinand Poitevin sound like a cross between Woody Allen and Austin Pendleton.[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Dracula père et fils (1976) Édouard Molinaro". Ciné-Ressources (in French). Retrieved October 12, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Hallenbeck, 2009. p.218
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Browning, 2010. p.72
  4. ^ a b Binion. Cavett. "Dracula Père et Fils (1976)". Allmovie. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
  5. ^ "Dracula And Son: Review". TV Guide. Retrieved October 12, 2012.