Lasting a mere single season, Dracula the Series, was perhaps one of the most campy and fun syndicated shows on Saturday afternoon I could watch in my youth. The series dealt with the almost immortal Count Dracula, now going under the name of Alexander Lucard (Geordie Johnson).
Who is now a wealthy tycoon who finds his plots continuously foiled by Gustav Van Helsing (Bernard Behrens). Gustav didn’t face the Count alone however, he had the aid of his two nephews, Christopher (Joe Roncetti) and Max (Jacob Tierney) Townsend with their friend Sophie Metternich (Mia Kirshner).
The series formula was relatively straightforward, with the four heroes learning of some plot by Dracula and attempting to foil it, with at least some success. In keeping with the novel, but not most film and television lore, vampires could walk in sunlight but lacked their powers. Anyone bitten just once by a vampire transformed into a zombie-like servant. This process could be stopped by applying holy water to the bite.
The series was filmed in Luxembourg, and produced by Phil Bedard and Larry Lalonde, best known for their work on John Woo’s Once a Thief and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.
The opening credits are ridiculous and wonderful.