Bram Stoker's Dracula's Guest
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What is bad about this film is the plot, coupled with direction/editing that sucks any sense of excitement out of the film before it gets to your screen.
Take for instance Dracula is able, using his mind powers to lift a guy off his feet and make him float towards a noose. The film suddenly cuts as apparently we can't see him die, because that would be too exciting and we only see the results. Odd too, given these powers that in the end Dracula chooses to fight it out with a sword.
Dracula's guest in this film is Kelsey McCann who is quite pretty and does her best at an English accent. She is imprisoned by Dracula who puts her in a cave, that's got a cage door across the front to prevent her getting out. Her love finds her and they exchange conversation through the bars. She says something like "He took something that I was saving for you" (meaning her virginity), though we never see that because that too would be too exciting. Thus, it's overly-big then on dialogue. Dracula and guest spend quite some time at it and all this leaves one bored and waiting for something to happen. Then, later, they talk about what did happen, but not that we were allowed to see it.
As it is, this film is conjoined with gaps in the storyline. Elizabeth's conversational style is so laden with Victorian colloquialism that you feel sorry for her to have to recite this script. Definitely, as Elizabeth softly stated, she was "broken".
Count Dracula was as menacing and sinister as a goldfish. Forget about any European sex appeal. It isn't there. Andrew Bryniarski,the actor, had a few brief moments,but he had little to work with on this script. Probably, the worst Dracula presentation that I have seen in film, and I have seen a great number of Dracula type films in my life.
Michael Feifer wrote and this directed this film. He has an impressive resume, and he did a cameo as Admiral Murray's driver. However, Mr. Feifer's resume could have survived without this inclusion.
A nice touch was to cast Bram Stoker,the author of Dracula,as the lead character and romantic interest for Elizabeth. Unfortunately, Elizabeth Murray was a bit too liberalized for the Victorian era, and the match did not seem to be made in heaven, especially with her bloodline and special destiny which her father aptly reminded her.
The motif of star crossed lovers facing separation and tragedy is a noble concept which the film explored in a very limited fashion. Perhaps, this is where the fault is -the story never undocked from its moorings. If it had, it would have been a better story.
Since I've never read the Stoker story from which the film's title was taken, I can't say how closely the movie follows the original plot, but for Stoker's sake, I hope it's not very close, because this movie was BOOOOOORRRR-RRRRRRRINGGGGG!!!
The movie concerns a young Bram Stoker (Wes Ramsey, "CSI: Miami"), in love with a young Elizabeth Murray (Kelsey McCann, "The O.C."), much to the chagrin of Elizabeth's father, Admiral Murray. The Admiral forbids the Irishman from seeing his daughter for one year. Stoker agrees and goes off to a meeting with Count Dracula about a castle the Count wishes to purchase. Afterward, Stoker retreats to a country inn where I assume he's going to spend the next year. Meanwhile, Elizabeth, in tears, decides to flee home on a train and be with her love. She's met at the train station by Count Dracula who offers her a ride in his carriage. She unloads on him the mountain of woe she's living with and the Count consoles her like a gentleman. Then he puts her to sleep with his vampire powers and when she wakes up she finds herself in Transylvania, at the Count's castle.
The Count tells her of a long-standing feud between the Murrays and the Draculas and how he's kidnapped her in hopes of bringing the Admiral to him so they can settle the score once and for all. Oh, and he's also going to impregnate her. Personally, I'm not sure the Count understands the definition of the word "guest".
Word reaches Bram and he takes off immediately for Transylvania.Read more ›
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"GREETINGS & SALUTATIONS!" The book titled: Bram Stoker's Dracula's Guest was really made into a film almost to the letter. Read morePublished on November 24, 2009 by Herbert Booker
Gawd, what an awful movie. There, that's out of the way. The other reviewers have done a fair job at explaining why this movie is bad (LOW budget effects, didn't follow the... Read morePublished on September 16, 2008 by H. N. Dohe
I give this movie one star for Wes Ramsey (Bram Stoker) who I kept wishing, as he was running across Europe, would run into a better movie. Read morePublished on September 2, 2008 by M.R. Loisel
This is without a doubt the most boring version of the Dracula legend I've ever seen Andrew Bryniarski is the worst actor to date to play the legendary blood sucker his on screen... Read morePublished on August 11, 2008 by W. Routson