ZOLTAN ... HOUND OF DRACULA
More than anything, one feels that Zoltan ... Hound of Dracula has been put together to exploit the interest in killer canines as a result of the previous years The Omen (1976) and before that the popular genre of animals amok films that had begun in the earlier part of the decade with films like Willard (1971) and Frogs (1972), culiminating in the runaway success of Jaws (1975). That combined with the box-office popularity of the Hammer Dracula films with Christopher Lee and the great body of vampire movie imitators that grew up in the 1970s.
Some of the canine attack scenes are reasonably gory and vicious, while the siege climax maintains a reasonable tension. The films one casting coup is the amazingly gaunt, cadaverous presence of Reggie Nalder. However, Michael Patakis harsh, thuggish presence as the hero becomes a turnoff one has difficulty believing he is a psychologist and the film wisely limits the flashback scenes of him doubling as Dracula to a minimum. A sense of humour emerges upon one occasion when informed of his heritage as a Dracula, Michael Pataki comments: Im going to sue all those people for making Dracula movies without my permission.
Into the 1980s, director Albert Band became a prolific producer of low-budget video-released sf and horror films. He founded both Empire Films and Full Moon Productions. Under these labels, both he and his son Charles oversaw the likes of the Ghoulies, Trancers, Puppetmaster and Prehysteria! series of films, among numerous others. As director, Albert Band only made a handful of other films including genre entries such as the fascinating I Bury the Living (1958), Ghoulies II (1987), Doctor Mordrid (1992), Robot Wars (1993), Prehysteria! (1993) and Prehysteria! 2 (1994).