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Tendre Dracula

AKA's: Big Scare, The / Grande Trouille, La / Tender Dracula, or Confessions Of A Blood Drinker / Vampire

Release date: 1974 France
Running time: 87' - Source: VHS NTSC
Rating: US: R
Main Crew: Director: Pierre Grunstein
Producer: AMLF / Les Films Christian Fechner / Renn Productions / V.M.
Score: Karl-Heinz Schäfer
Writer: Justin Lenoir / Harold Brav / Pierre Grunstein
Director of photography: Jean-Jacques Tarbes


Summary: When aging film star MacGregor (Peter Cushing) announces that he is no longer going to appear in horror films, but wants to work in romances instead, two screenwriters are sent to his eerie house by the sea to try to persuade him into returning to horror films. But as the night progresses, the scriptwriters and the two accompanying starlets soon learn who is the master of horror, and they begin to wonder if MacGregor is an actor playing a vampire, or a vampire playing an actor...
Note: - This French erotic musical comedy marks Peter Cushing's only appearance as Dracula (and not his nemesis), 3 years before he appeared as Grand Moff Tarkin in "Star Wars".
- Despite of the movie's title, the character of Dracula does not exactly appear in the film (though Cushing plays a noted horror actor famous for his vampire roles, and wears the traditional Dracula garb).
- Bernard Menez appeared in another French vampire comedy: Dracula, Pere Et Fils (Dracula And Son, 1976), this time with the other half of Hammer's "dynamic duo", Christopher Lee.

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