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Jess Franco dove into a number of genres and sub-genres over the course of his inordinately prolific career, from wobbly sci-fi features and giddy mod-Bond spy riffs, to unabashed sex comedies and the always fascinating (fascinating for its mere existence) category of women in prison films. Still, no genre kept calling him back more than horror, which was also where he most excelled. This is ostensibly where Daughter of Dracula would fall, based, if nothing else, on its title and its subsequent, albeit rather mild, depiction of vampiric behavior. Sure enough, there are coffins and pointed teeth aplenty, but unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot of horror to back up these common tropes. However, and it’s a “however” frequently necessary when discussing Franco’s often inconsistent and boldly contradictory work, there remains, in the end, a generally entertaining movie, no matter its adherence to generic convention.