‘The Blood Lusting Killer…’
Zoltan… Hound of Dracula (also released with the less exalted title Dracula’s Dog) is a 1978 American horror film directed by Albert Band (I Bury the Living) in which a 17th century innkeeper, played by Reggie Nalder (Salem’s Lot) becomes the willing thrall to the line of Dracula. Michael Pataki and Jose Ferrer co-star.
A Russian road crew accidentally blasts open a subterranean crypt, and the captain of the road crew, fearing looters and criminals, stations a guard near the site. Late in the night, an earthquake shakes loose one of the coffins, which slides down and lands at the feet of the confused guard. Curious as to what has fallen before him, the guard opens the coffin and discovers the body of a dog, impaled by a stake. He removes the stake, which revives the vampiric hound Zoltan.
Zoltan opens another coffin shaken loose from the crypt, this one holding the body of an innkeeper (Nalder), who once owned the crypt. The heinous hound removes the stake from the innkeeper’s chest, reanimating the innkeeper…
“For something with as absurd a premise as this, it’s really not too bad. My biggest problem is with the pacing and length; the first hour keeps a decent pace as it builds up to the climax; however, the subsequent half-hour transforms into a Night of the Living Dead style siege as Michael Drake and Inspector Branco struggle against Zoltan and the other vampirized dogs. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t mesh tonally with the rest of the film and in all honesty it drags on about fifteen or twenty minutes too long.” Radiation Scarred Reviews