Romania, 1979, 114’
directed by: Doru Năstase
written by: Mircea Mohor
cast: Ştefan Sileanu, Alexandru Repan, Emanoil Petrut, Ferenc Fábián, Vlad Rădescu
cinematography: Aurel Kostrachievici
edited by: Adina Georgescu Obrocea
production: Casa de Filme 5
Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival 1979
Despite its title, Vlad Tepes is not a vampire movie about the legendary character Dracula, but a historical epic about the notorious ruler. When Turkish sultan Mehmed II decides to conquer Wallachia, Vlad and his loyal army bravely counter their aggression. Made in the days of the dictator Ceauşescu's era, the film depicts Tepes as a national hero, thus contributing to the cult of various great figures of Romanian history. It tells us about the political intrigues of the 15th century, when Tepes's thirst for blood becomes a reflection of his power and strength and impaling is a suitable punishment for all traitors and enemies.
Doru Năstase (1933 – 1983) was a Romanian film director and actor. He was best known for his historical films, such as No Trespassing and Vlad Tepes.