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Zoltan: Hound of Dracula


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  • Actors: Michael Pataki, Reggie Nalder, Jose Ferrer
  • Directors: Albert Band
  • Writers: Frank Ray Perilli
  • Producers: Albert Band, Frank Ray Perilli
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: LIONSGATE
  • DVD Release Date: March 12, 2012
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006ADDA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,824 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Zoltan: Hound of Dracula" on IMDb

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The infamous midnight movie gem, ZOLTAN: HOUND OF DRACULA, is finally available on DVD. Directed by B-movie pioneer ALBERT BAND (producer of video classics TERRORVISION, TROLL, GHOST WARRIOR and ROBOT JOX), written by FRANK RAY PERILLI, (the demented imagination behind ALLIGATOR, THE DOBERMAN GANG, LASERBLAST and the notorious midget mob movie LITTLE CIGARS), and starring the regal JOSE FERRER (THE RETURN OF CAPTAIN NEMO, DUNE), ZOLTAN: HOUND OF DRACULA also features early work from special effects/make-up legend STAN WINSTON (PREDATOR, "MANIMAL" and IRON MAN). Whilst on an excavation mission, a troop of Romanian soldiers unearth the tomb of Dracula and unleash an unspeakable evil. Count Dracula's faithful manservant and his telepathic, bloodthirsty dog are suddenly resurrected and decide to track down the Count's last living descendant. It's a nightmarish, terrifying journey that involves zombie puppies and killer canines, where no man, woman, child or household pet is safe from ZOLTAN: HOUND OF DRACULA.

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ZOLTAN creates an army of hideous vampire dogs!
Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
This isn't a bad thing, though; I rather liked the way the dogs were used in this film, doing all of the dirty work for the weird undead servant.
Daniel Jolley
There are a couple of slightly dark, grainy scenes, but that's due to the original film elements and aren't really all that obtrusive.
Carl Perez

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 21, 2004
Format: DVD
Ah, those Communists; it's all their fault, you know. In Zoltan, Hound of Dracula, the forces of Communism unleash a mean, lean, killing machine in the form of a huge, fanged vampire dog on the good old USA. Sure, the film makes it look like it was accidental, but I have to ask: why was the Red Army going around blowing up holes all over Romania? There can be only one explanation: they were trying to find an ancient vampire tomb so they could bring a vampire back to life and enlist him in their cause. And that comrade who sacrificed his life for the cause? Clearly a ringer. Let's say I'm guarding a newly discovered Dracula family tomb when the earth starts quaking and a coffin slides out of the mausoleum onto the floor? Do I open the coffin? Do I then, seeing a stake projecting from the innards of the shrouded corpse inside, reach right in and pull the stake out just for the heck of it? No. Nobody would do that - unless they were acting under orders (or were just born stupid). What soon emerges from the coffin is a huge black dog (code name: Zoltan) who sates hundreds of years of blood hunger on his benefactor. The vampire canine quickly frees his old buddy, one of Dracula's servants, from another coffin, and the two reunited friends scurry off into the night. The servant is only a partial vampire; the sun doesn't bother him and he has no craving for blood; all he has is a fervent need to serve a master and a really silly expression on his face whenever he supposedly concentrates.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Koehl on June 28, 2013
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This film was originally entitled "Dracula's Dog." This was the title of the original theatrical release, the subsequent home video release, and the Saturday afternoon UHF television release.

But for whatever reason, someone got the bright idea of re-titling it for the DVD release. Maybe they thought it would sell better with a new title. So now it's called "Zoltan, Hound of Dracula" . . . because that's so much better. I can imagine droves of people lining up for it now . . . "I'd never go see a movie entitled 'Dracula's Dog,' but "Zoltan, Hound of Dracula' on the other hand . . .

Anyway, the movie itself is a fun little B-horror production from the 70s. It stars the late Reggie Nalder, whom horror fans will recognize as the purple skinned, candy-cane toothed Kurt Barlow from the 1979 adaptation of Stephen King's "Salem's Lot." He was also in a number of seventies B-horror films such as "The Dead Don't Die" and "Dracula Sucks."

In this film, he plays a sort of zombie who take's care of . . . you'd never get this from the original title . . . Dracula's dog. The dog's name is "Zoltan" but in Nalder's thick Germanic accent, I always heard it as "Soita." So Dracula has long since been killed, and they're out searching for a new master. They come across one of Dracula's distant descendants . . . a dog lover who owns several pets. And Zoltan goes biting each one of those little pups on the neck and turning them all into vampire dogs.

Yes, it's ridiculous. Yes, the vampire dogs all look laughable. The music is atrocious.

Who cares??? It's a fun movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carl Perez on November 26, 2012
Format: DVD
With the colossal success of JAWS, eager B movie producers quickly jumped on the animal-themed horror movie bandwagon, resulting in such films as GRIZZLY, TENTACLES, DAY OF THE ANIMALS, and EMPIRE OF THE ANTS, to name just a few. But it didn't take long for the novelty to wear itself out, as you could only do so many movies about killer bears, piranha, whales, tarantulas and octopi.

Which leads us to ZOLTAN...HOUND OF DRACULA, a silly, if earnest, killer animal/vampire hybrid. Originally released as DRACULA'S DOG (a title that really leaves itself open for ridicule), ZOLTAN is an undead Doberman Pinscher who's brought back to life when the Romanian army blow up Count Dracula's underground crypt. Zoltan quickly proceeds to remove the stake from his owner, Veidt Schmit (played by Reggie Nalder), and together, they travel to California to vampirize Michael Drake (Michael Pataki), the last of the Dracula clan. But, when the army discovers their mistake, they assign vampire expert Inspector Branco (Jose Ferrer) the task of putting a stop to Schmidt's and Zoltan's plans. It will only be a matter of time before Drake and Branco fight for their lives against a whole pack of blood-sucking canines.

Despite its ridiculous incongruities (Why didn't Zoltan and Schmidt just remove Dracula's stake, if they wanted a vampire master that badly?), there are still some effective moments at hand. Director Albert Band does about as good a job as possible working with such flimsy material, and gets in a few good jolts and creepy scenes along the way. Jose Ferrer manages to get through his part with his dignity unscathed, and as for Zoltan, that scene-stealing dog can ACT.
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