Zoltan, Hound of Dracula (also released as Dracula’s Dog) is a 1978 film in which a 17th century innkeeper, played by Reggie Nalder, becomes the willing thrall to the line of Dracula. A Russian road crew accidentally blasts open a subterranean crypt, and the captain of the road crew, fearing looters and criminals, stations a guard near the site. Late in the night, an earthquake shakes loose one of the coffins, which slides down and lands at the feet of the confused guard. Curious as to what has fallen before him, the guard opens the coffin and discovers the body of a dog, impaled by a stake. He removes the stake, which revives the vampiric hound Zoltan. —Wikipedia
Albert Band (May 7, 1924 – June 14, 2002) was an American film director and film producer. He was the son of artist Max Band, father of filmmaker Charles Band and of film composer Richard Band. He is the grandfather of Alex Band and Taryn Band.
Band escaped from Paris to the United States with his family prior to the German Occupation. He graduated from Hollywood High School.
Interested in film, he became an apprentice at Warner Bros. where he developed contacts eventually becoming an assistant director on John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle, then adapting the story The Red Badge of Courage for Huston’s film of the same name.
He made his debut as a producer and director in The Young Guns combining the two then popular genres of Westerns and Juvenile Delinquent films. In the late 1950s he moved to Europe producing a variety of films beginning in Sweden with Face of Fire based on another of Steven Crane’s stories, The Monster. —Wikipedia