Son of Dracula
Reviewed by John Weber
Rating: 4.5 Beans
eing a big Harry Nilsson fan, I was pretty happy when I finally got my hands on a copy of "Son of Dracula" to watch.
That was, of course, until I started watching it.
Let me say, first of all, that both Nilsson and Ringo Starr (who produced the film, and plays Merlin. Yes. That Merlin) are tremendous musicians.
And, as actors, let me say that they both are tremendous musicians.
The plot involved Nilsson as Count Down. Yes, I know. Count Down. He is about to be crowned king of the netherworld. But that crowning must happen sometime during a 72-hour period. That's according to Merlin. While he waits, the Count wanders around, going to clubs, jamming with the house bands, entertaining at a party for netherworld-types. There's actually seven Nilsson songs in this, which are thoroughly enjoyable. And among the band:Peter Frampton and Keith Moon.
The twist in the plot is that the Count is yearning to become mortal. And Baron Frankenstein (Freddie Jones) is planning some foul deeds so that the Baron can become king of the netherworld, not the Count.
The acting is pretty pedestrian - especially when a veteran actor like Freddie Jones plays a scene with Starr or Nilsson. Jones just makes our singing friends seem totally out of their element. Ringo has done a great job in films playing, well, Ringo-types. So when he plays Merlin as, well, a Ringo-type fella, it doesn't work at all. And Nilsson's monotone is so low and gutteral that it threatens to disappear from normal hearing range. At one point, he says to another character, "I feel exhilarated" in the most non-exhilarated voice you can imagine.
"Son of Dracula" is just plain boring. Not over-the-top bad. Just uninspired, a big ol' vanity project for Ringo and Harry. I just hope they had more fun doing the movie that I had trying to stay awake.
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