Jess Franco’s version of the Bram Stoker classic has Count Dracula as an old man who grows younger whenever he dines on the blood of young maidens. –IMDb
He was only 6 years old when he started composing music under the protection of his brother Enrique. After the Spanish Civil War, he was able to continue his studies at the Real Conservatorio de Madrid, where he finished piano and harmony. Being a Bachelor of Law and a easy-read novel writer (under the pseudonym David Khume), he signed on to enter the Instituto de Investigaciones y Experiencias Cinematográicas (IIEC), where he was only for two years, while he worked simultaneously as a director and theatre actor. Later, he went to Paris to study directing techniques at the I.D.H.E.C. (University of Sorbonne), where he used to go into seclusion during hours to watch films at the film archive. Back to Spain, he started his huge cinematographic work as a composer, with Cómicos (1954) and El hombre que viajaba despacito (1957), and later worked as an assistant director to Juan Antonio Bardem, León Klimovsky, Luis Saslavsky, Julio Bracho, Fernando Soler and Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent… read more
The best Dracula movie I've seen so far. Franco nailed the Freudian psychosexual overtones and directed this one with a bombastic and stylistic flair. Even though the story is so familiar there's still real suspense here. At times I felt like I was watching a horror movie shot by Parajanov. The use of color is just sumptuous and Christopher Lee commands the screen. Love this.
This atrocious waste of time and effort really only deserves one star but, in Edna's book, is partially redeemed by the mesmerising stuffed animals scene!! Contrary to film lore, there are no decent performances here, by the way - Lee, Kinski, Miranda and Lom are all as embarrassingly appalling as everyone else. So there.