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Even the Prince of Darkness himself needs a holiday. And what happens when the infamous count goes on vacation to Scotland is the plot of a film showing on Friday October 29-November 2 at Oban’s Phoenix Cinema.
Starring Ed Ward and Suzanne Kendall, Chris Bearne and Maurice Byrne, Dracula on Holiday – subtitle ‘Even the dead need a vacation’ – was written, directed and produced by Glasgow-born Robbie Moffat.
Moffat and co-producer Mairi Sutherland run Palm Tree Film from Pinewood Studios and Dracula on Holiday was shot in Inverness, Dingwall and Strathpeffer.
Travelling from Transylvania to Scotland by train, the count’s partner, Lucy and their butler, Renfield, manage to surprise the count with humble dwellings; very different to his usual abode and where they try and help the count step out of the 1600s and into 2019, hoping to get him over his many fears – sunlight, crosses, bibles, running water, garlic, food and drink.
As the trip goes on and he meets Flora Goddaming – daughter of the local undertaker –
and, learning from the child and his new surroundings, the count begins to find life again after so long, although his wife has something to say about his new self and threatens to ruin everything in this family fun comedy.