Dracula's Dog (1979)

R | 90 mins | Horror | 25 May 1979

Director:

Albert Band

Cinematographer:

Bruce Logan

Editor:

Harry Keramidas

Production Designer:

P. F. O. M.

Production Company:

Vic Cinema Productions
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HISTORY

       Although the film was produced and reviewed as Dracula’s Dog in the 9 Jun 1978 HR and the 21 Jun 1978 Var, the print viewed for this record bore the title, Zoltan…Hound of Dracula.
       A 22 Oct 1973 Box brief annouced that the script was purchased by director-producer Albert Band through his company, Albert Band & Associates, Ltd., and principal photography was scheduled to begin late Oct 1973. Although Box stated that the screenplay was based on an “original published story” by Frank Ray Perilli, the story is not credited in the film and a publication date remains undetermined.
       A 23 Aug 1976 Box news item, which stated that the film was recently completed, also noted that distributor EMI financed the picture, but the company is not credited onscreen as a producer. A 10 Oct 1977 Box item announced that Crown International Pictures acquired domestic rights from EMI and release was planned for Spring 1977.




      End credits include the written statement: "Made Entirely in Hollywood ... More Less

       Although the film was produced and reviewed as Dracula’s Dog in the 9 Jun 1978 HR and the 21 Jun 1978 Var, the print viewed for this record bore the title, Zoltan…Hound of Dracula.
       A 22 Oct 1973 Box brief annouced that the script was purchased by director-producer Albert Band through his company, Albert Band & Associates, Ltd., and principal photography was scheduled to begin late Oct 1973. Although Box stated that the screenplay was based on an “original published story” by Frank Ray Perilli, the story is not credited in the film and a publication date remains undetermined.
       A 23 Aug 1976 Box news item, which stated that the film was recently completed, also noted that distributor EMI financed the picture, but the company is not credited onscreen as a producer. A 10 Oct 1977 Box item announced that Crown International Pictures acquired domestic rights from EMI and release was planned for Spring 1977.




      End credits include the written statement: "Made Entirely in Hollywood California."
More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
22 Oct 1973.
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Box Office
23 Aug 1976.
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Box Office
10 Oct 1977.
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Hollywood Reporter
9 Jun 1978
p. 2.
Variety
21 Jun 1978
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
An Albert Band, Frank Ray Perilli, VIC Productions Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANIES
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr/1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Asst cam/2d unit dir of photog
2d asst cam
Gaffer
Key grip
Best boy
Elec and key grip
Still photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
SET DECORATOR
Prop man
COSTUMES
Asst ward
MUSIC
Mus comp and arr
Mus supv
SOUND
Sd eff
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Titles and opticals by
MAKEUP
Makeup des
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod exec
Zoltan's trainer
Animals furnished by
Asst prod mgr
Scr supv
Grip driver
Go fer
Prod services co.
COLOR PERSONNEL
Color by
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Zoltan...Hound of Dracula
Release Date:
25 May 1979
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 25 May 1979
Production Date:
began late October 1973
Copyright Claimant:
Vic Cinema Productions, B. V.
Copyright Date:
22 April 1980
Copyright Number:
PA76545
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
90
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

During a blasting operation in Transylvania, Romania, a military unit discovers an underground crypt belonging to the Dracula family. At night, while a soldier guards the tomb, a tremor causes one of the caskets to dislodge from the wall. Out of curiosity, the soldier opens the coffin lid to reveal a shrouded corpse pierced by a wooden stake. When the soldier withdraws the stake, the corpse of Zoltan, a vampire dog, comes to life and bites the soldier on the neck, leaving him nearly dead. Zoltan then opens the casket of his owner, Veidt Smit, and pulls the stake out of Smit’s corpse. After Smit is brought back to life, he and his faithful pet leave the crypt. The next day, as soldiers remove coffins from the tomb, they notice two empty caskets. After further investigation, Inspector Branco, a vampire expert, informs Major Hessle, the officer in charge, that one of the missing corpses belongs to Veidt Smit, a half-vampire, who was a loyal servant to Count Igor Dracula, but the other missing corpse is a mystery. Branco explains that a half-vampire can exist in sunlight and does not crave blood, which enabled Smit to serve Dracula during the day as a procurer of victims. However, such a creature cannot survive without a master. For this reason, Branco believes that Smit will be compelled to find the only surviving descendant of the Dracula line, Michael Dracula, who is a non-vampire. Thirty years ago, at the age of seven, Michael was smuggled out of Transylvania and now lives in America as a psychologist named Michael Drake, unaware of his ... +


During a blasting operation in Transylvania, Romania, a military unit discovers an underground crypt belonging to the Dracula family. At night, while a soldier guards the tomb, a tremor causes one of the caskets to dislodge from the wall. Out of curiosity, the soldier opens the coffin lid to reveal a shrouded corpse pierced by a wooden stake. When the soldier withdraws the stake, the corpse of Zoltan, a vampire dog, comes to life and bites the soldier on the neck, leaving him nearly dead. Zoltan then opens the casket of his owner, Veidt Smit, and pulls the stake out of Smit’s corpse. After Smit is brought back to life, he and his faithful pet leave the crypt. The next day, as soldiers remove coffins from the tomb, they notice two empty caskets. After further investigation, Inspector Branco, a vampire expert, informs Major Hessle, the officer in charge, that one of the missing corpses belongs to Veidt Smit, a half-vampire, who was a loyal servant to Count Igor Dracula, but the other missing corpse is a mystery. Branco explains that a half-vampire can exist in sunlight and does not crave blood, which enabled Smit to serve Dracula during the day as a procurer of victims. However, such a creature cannot survive without a master. For this reason, Branco believes that Smit will be compelled to find the only surviving descendant of the Dracula line, Michael Dracula, who is a non-vampire. Thirty years ago, at the age of seven, Michael was smuggled out of Transylvania and now lives in America as a psychologist named Michael Drake, unaware of his dark ancestry. To make Michael a master, Smit and his unidentified companion will need to transform him into a vampire. According to his research, Branco has located a possible residence for Michael in Los Angeles, California, and Hessle assures him that she will expedite Branco’s visa to the U.S. Hiding in a corner, Smit overhears the address, then boards a freighter to Los Angeles with Zoltan, who is concealed in a coffin crate. Arriving in America ahead of Branco, Smit steals a hearse to transport the casket that Zoltan uses for sleeping during the day. Meanwhile, Michael and his wife Marla prepare for a camping trip with their young children, Linda and Steve, and decide to bring along their two German Shepherds, Annie and Samson, as well as a new litter of puppies. As the family departs in a camper vehicle, Smit follows. After the Drakes settle in at a secluded lakeside spot, one of the puppies wanders off. The family is unable to find the lost dog, but Smit notices the puppy’s hiding place. At dark, Smit awakens Zoltan and instructs him to feed on the blood of the puppy. Desperate to serve a new master, Smit then commands Zoltan to enter the campsite and bite Michael, but Zoltan turns back when Samson and Annie thwart the attack. The next morning, Michael and the children find the lifeless puppy and bury him. However, at dark, the fledgling vampire puppy escapes from the grave to search for blood. Back in Los Angeles, Branco learns from a neighbor, Mrs. Parks, that Michael and the family are on vacation somewhere between Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear, California, and he proceeds to track them down. Meanwhile, Smit realizes that he and Zoltan need to improve their advantage by assembling a bloodthirsty pack. Zoltan transforms Buster, a dog that belongs to two fishermen, into a vampire hound and, on another night, lures Annie and Samson from the Drake camp and converts them into vampire dogs as well. Michael, who assumes that wild dogs are responsible for the nightly invasions, is determined not to be scared away, until his daughter is almost mauled. Although their German Shepherds are missing, the Drakes decide to return home. As they pack, Branco arrives and introduces himself. At first, Michael is skeptical of the “Dracula” story, but he decides to trust the inspector when Branco reveals that Michael was not smuggled out of Romania for political reasons, but to preserve the bloodline. While Marla and the children return to Los Angeles, Michael and Branco relocate to a cabin, where they plan to lure and capture Smit. While they wait for dark, Branco instructs Michael how to kill a vampire with a wooden stake. Under Smit’s command, Zoltan and his pack attack the cabin throughout the night, but are unable to get inside. As sunrise approaches, Zoltan chews a hole through the roof, but retreats with the threat of daylight. Branco cannot explain why the dogs are pursuing Michael, but suggests they return to the camping site where the trouble started. The next night, Branco gives Michael a stake and the two men split up to search different paths. After finding the hearse, Branco is assaulted by Smit, but he is able to overpower the half-vampire. Meanwhile, Michael takes cover in Branco’s car as Zoltan and the pack run toward him. When Michael looks closely at Zoltan through the windshield, he recognizes the dog from an old family photograph taken in Romania and remembers Branco’s words about a second empty coffin from the crypt. Before confronting Zoltan, Michael restrains Samson and realizes that his former pet has been transformed into a vampire. The two fishermen arrive and subdue Buster and Annie until Branco executes them with stakes. Next, Michael comes face to face with Zoltan and intimidates the dog using a crucifix necklace. As Zoltan backs away, he falls over a cliff and is impaled on a fence. When Michael returns safely, Branco assures him that the threat is over, while elsewhere in the woods, the vampire puppy leaves a trail of dead animals in its wake. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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