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Back in the late 18th century, Count Dracula (Christpopher Lee) has
found himself a human wife (Catherine Breillat) to procreate, but shortly
after giving birth to their son, Dracula vampirizes his wife and she is
burnt to death by the sun while being out on her first hunt for human
Romania the 20th century: With Communism having taken over the
country, there is little room (or need) for a family of aristocrats like
the Draculas, so the count and his son Ferdinand (Bernard Menez) take off
to the West ... but get separated on the way.
Ferdinand soon finds abode
with an immigrant (Mustapha Dali) in Paris, and he tries job after
job that would allow him to work at night - but with at best limited
success. Ferdinand's main problem though is getting blood: You know, all
these years, Ferdinand has been fed by his dad and has never grown used to
suck blood himself, least of all from humans, so now the fatherless time
in Paris sees him slowly wilting away.
The Count meanwhile has landed in
London and has become a big moviestar, playing the lead in vampire movies.
One such movieshoot takes him to Paris - where he to his greatest surprise
and joy finds Ferdinand. The reunion couldn't be happier, and the Count
soon invites his son to live with him in his luxury hotel and have a part
of the riches he has come to. Then though, the Count and Ferdinand meet
Nicole (Marie-Hélène Breillat), a woman who reminds them of Ferdinand's
mother - and they both fall in love with her. At first, it seems that
Nicole is more interested in the Count, but when she tells him she wants
to hire him for a toothpaste ad, he feels insulted - which is a perfect
opportunity for Ferdinand to take his father's place (in more ways than
one). Soon though, father and son Dracula wage an all-out war over Nicole,
which results in the Count throwing his son out, but Ferdinand managing to
bed Nicole ahead of the Count.
Eventually, Ferdinand takes a job at a
butchery ... where he overfeeds on blood ... and turns human.
and Nicole try to evade Dracula, who must be furious by now, by paying a
visit to her family's estate, but he catches up of course. In the finale,
Nicole, who has never believed in all the vampire talk to begin with,
wants to put an end to it all and draws a curtain to flood the hall with
sunlight ... and to her greatest surprise, Dracula disintegrates before
her very eyes on the spot ...
The main selling point of this
movie is of course seeing Christopher Lee making fun of his Dracula
image. Unfortunately, that's also the only thing worth seeing in the film,
and despite his top-billing he plays second fiddle to Bernard Menez, who
approaches his character too much as the harmless but loveable and
ultimately insignificant underdog to create much interest or sympathy, let
alone carry the film. As for the humour: Some jokes are good, but most are
much to obvious (some even annoyingly so), and in all they, too, are to
harmless to create much interest. And the romance plot is mostly cheesy,
In all, some mmild laughs at least, but nothing worth