Luisa is called to the bed of her dying mother Edith at Karlstein Castle. Before she dies, she tells Luisa that the Karlsteins are a family of vampires and that her ancestor, the original Count Karlstein, lies buried in the crypt. Afterwards, Luisa goes and finds the count’s coffin and discovers that he is undead. As she takes Karine, her cousin as her lover, a police inspector, Ptuschko investigates a series of killings around the town, dismissing the locals who insist these are being caused by vampires.
User Reviews: Daughter of Dracula (1972)
** 1/2 (out of 4)
Luisa Karlstein (Britt Nichols) is called to the home of her dying mother who finally reveals the family secret. The secret that she has been hiding from her daughter is that they are a family a vampires. Soon Luisa is bitten by Count Karlstein (Howard Vernon) and before long more bodies begin to pile up.
Jess Franco’s LA FILLE DE Dracula (aka Dracula’S DAUGHTER or DAUGHTER OF Dracula among others) isn’t the best vampire film that the Spanish director did but there are enough interesting moments to make it worth watching if you’re a fan of his. Obviously Franco calls for a very acquired taste and most people are going to hate his pictures with a passion. You either get them or you don’t but there are a few that can be enjoyed by the more mainstream crowd but this here isn’t one of them.
As is the case with a lot of the director’s work, LA FILLE DE Dracula contains very little plot. In fact, you really can’t make heads or tails out of a lot of it but this just lets the director build up at atmosphere, which is one of the high marks. I also thought the music score by Daniel White was extremely good and you’ve also got some great locations. Another plus is the beautiful Nichols who is very good in her role and we all know that the director knows how to film women. I also thought Vernon was fun in his part and Franco himself plays a small role.
There are several problems with this film including the pacing, which is certainly hit and miss. I’d also argue that a bit more of a story would have helped the picture because it does drag in spots. Finally, and perhaps most shockingly, the film really isn’t as erotic as you’d hope and especially when you consider what VAMPYROS LESBOS was like. Still, if you’re a fan of Franco you’ll still want to check this out. Others should probably start somewhere else.