Say Count Regula three times fast and see what that sounds like…..
Sumptuously filmed with stunning set design this is a gorgeous looking production reuniting director Harald Reinl again with his wife Karin Dor. It is one of only a very few German horror productions from the 1960s.
Pilfered from a number of different classic tropes (Dracula, Edgar Allan Poe, Mario Bava’s Black Sunday to name but a few), this production was aimed at a family audience and as such is more a Fantasy Adventure film rather than an outright horror movie, bearing certain similarities in style with Reinl’s own Karl May movies and the Gothic elements of the Wallace films.
Christopher Lee and Lex Barker provide the international star power and are aided by a number of excellent German performers, most notably Carl Lange as Count Regula’s creepy trusted servant. Lange can also be seen in Der Frosch mit der Maske/Fellowship of the Frog (1959), Der Hexer/The Ringer (1964) and Die blaue Hand/Creature with the Blue Hand (1967).