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Count Dracula (1970)

Nachts, wenn Dracula erwacht (original title)
PG | | Drama, Horror | 12 October 1973 (USA)
Count Dracula, a gray-haired vampire who regains his youth by dining on the blood of maidens, is pursued in London and Transylvania by Professor Van Helsing, Jonathan Harker and Quincey Morris after he victimizes them and their loved ones.


Jesús Franco (as Jesse Franco, Jess Franco, Jesus Franco Manera)


Bram Stoker (novel), Erich Kröhnke (story) (as Erik Krohenke) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview:
Christopher Lee ... Count Dracula
Herbert Lom ... Professor Van Helsing
Klaus Kinski ... Renfield
Maria Rohm ... Mina
Fred Williams ... Jonathan (as Frederick Williams)
Soledad Miranda ... Lucy
Jack Taylor ... Quincey
Paul Muller ... Dr. Seward


This is Franco's version of Bram Stoker's Dracula and a non Hammer production film to star Christopher Lee as the Count once again. An English lawyer travels to Transylvania to meet his client Count Dracula for property matters. While staying in a lodge at Bistritz for the night, he is warned by the caretaker's wife against continuing his journey the following day. The lawyer ignores her warning as pure superstitious beliefs n sets off for the rest of his journey and arrives at the Borgo Pass where he's picked up by the Count's mysterious coachman. After reaching the Count's castle, he is welcomed by a thin, tall, gaunt old man who introduces himself as Count Dracula. Written by Fella_shibby@yahoo.com

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The moon is full... the grave is empty... and terror stalks the land! See more »


Drama | Horror


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Apart from occasional shrieking, Klaus Kinski (Renfield) has no dialogue. See more »


When Jonathan turns down the "Coachman's" flask, he says "No thank you, I don't need it" without moving his lips. See more »


Count Dracula: [howling is heard from outside] The children of the night... what music they make.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits (English and Spanish prints only): "Over fifty years ago Bram Stoker wrote the greatest of all horror stories. Now, for the first time, we retell, exactly as he wrote, one of the first - and still the best - tales of the macabre." See more »

Alternate Versions

German DVD includes the scene of a gypsy woman, deleted from the US version. See more »


Featured in Handsome Harker (2015) See more »

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the regular Dracula, Commissioner Dreyfus, and Nosferatu
7 February 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Christopher Lee returns to his most famous role, this time portraying the count getting younger every time that he takes a bite. A little bit jarring in this movie is the presence of Herbert "Commissioner Dreyfus" Lom as Prof. Van Helsing. To add to that, Klaus Kinski plays Renfield a few years before he himself would play the count in Werner Herzog's "Nosferatu". But overall, "Count Dracula" is a pretty cool movie. Dracula fans should enjoy it. I have to admit that I don't know any other of Jess Franco's movies, but if this is any indication, they should be pretty neat.

All in all, the count bids you welcome...

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Release Date:

12 October 1973 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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