Legendary Journeys
Legendary Journeys

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Series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Season 6
Antagonist Vlad
In-Universe Date Year 4
Production # V1101
Filming Dates 26 May to 3 June 1999
Original Air-Date 18 October 1999
Written By Phyllis Strong
Directed By Philip Sgriccia
Episode Chronology
Order in Series 107 of 111
Order in Season 4 of 8
Order in Franchise 258 of 304
Previous Episode in Series "Rebel With a Cause"
Next Episode in Series "Hercules, Tramps and Thieves"
Previous Episode in Franchise "Succession"
Next Episode in Franchise "Animal Attraction"
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An old friend of Hercules and IolausVlad  – requests their presence in his kingdom of Dacia. It turns out that the Strygoia (Vampires) are running rampant and need to be stopped before they claim more innocent lives. Vlad warmly receives Hercules and Iolaus, but the two heroes quickly find that something is very wrong in his castle.



Hercules and Iolaus answered Vlad's call for help to defend his kingdom against vampires. Arriving in Dacia, they were joined by Galen, whose sister Nadia had gone to Vlad's castle and never returned. Soon they discovered the horrifying truth: Vlad was a vampire and Nadia had long since joined the undead. Nadia managed to turn both Galen and Iolaus into vampires. In a clever move to save his friends, Hercules ate hemlock and gave his tainted blood to the vampires. Thus weakened, Vlad was no match for Hercules. Upon Vlad's death, the others returned to normal.


No Blood Sucking Homicidal Vampires were harmed during the production of this motion picture.

Background Information[]

  • After being bitten, Iolaus asks, "Am I dead again?" This jokingly references the times that he died in Hercules and the Amazon Women, "The Wrong Path", "Not Fade Away" and "Faith".
  • This episode establishes that despite their similarities, Bacchae are indeed distinct from vampires.
  • Vlad is named for Vlad Țepeș, also called Vlad III Dracula and Vlad the Impaler, an eastern European prince whose name (and possibly deeds) were used as the basis for the character of Dracula..

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Other Cast[]

  • Jon Brazier as Mateus
  • Norman Fairley as Headmaster
  • Marcel Kalma as Vampire (Darkness Visible)
  • Irene Malone as Vendor (Darkness Visible)

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