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Argento's Dracula [Blu-ray]
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Teamed with three other screenwriters, Argento adapts the Stoker novel with surprising clarity. The familiar faces are all in their places with Thomas Kretschmann as Count Dracula, Marta Gastini as Mina, Asia Argento as Lucy and everyone's favorite noir Dutchman, Rutger Hauer as Van Helsing.
Again, the movie follows classic form as Jonathan Harker (Unax Ugalde) is lured to the castle of the Count by promise of employment and sucked into the world of vampirism (pun alert). Also in short-string Italian horror style, instead of Dracula going to the rest of his victims, this time, they come to him in his Italian rustic village posing as psudeo-Germanic rustic fiefdom.
Despite that alteration of the plot, Dracula 3D unfolds with the familiar Stoker markers. Harker is entrapped, Lucy gets turned, Mina encounters the Count, Dracula recalls his dead wife... You know the drill.And that's the problem. As another take on the Stoker story, Dracula 3D isn't bad. In fact, it's very passable and somewhat cleverly done. But as a film that we have come to expect from Dario Argento... Well, in that regard, it can only be described as... Safe.
That's the watchword for this film as far as what we get in the American release. The characters are safe, the bloodletting is nondescript, the death scenes are typical for a vampire movie. The most transgressive aspect of the whole film is the tendency for Asia Argento to keep turning up naked in her father's film.Read more ›
Sadly, this is not the case with Dracula 3D. I had small hopes this would be a fun movie. I heard ALL the bad press about it. The almost bad reception it got from both mainstream and horror critics. I ignored them. I watched the movie. I've never been so bored in my entire life. I forced myself to watch this movie to the end. To find some of sort of positive to this film. I have found a few. #1 Dracula becomes a praying mantis in one scene #2 Dracula kills five guys in awesome stylized violence #3 The fakes sex scene I've ever seen #4 The fakest train station I have ever seen. That's it. About 10 minutes out the 110 minutes are worth watching (and I'm only guessing here). This movie commits the ultimate cinema sin of just being boring. Nothing of real interest happens that keeps your attention.Read more ›
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Please, use the stars to as a gauge of my excitement. I don't have time for a lengthy evaluation.Published 5 months ago by DAVID E JOHNSON
Incredibly Awful. Unwatchable. I love so many of Argento's movies, so I was fairly confident it wouldn't suck. Sigh.Published 5 months ago by Frood