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The master of modern horror, Wes Craven, presents a riveting adaptation of the chilling classic featuring Jennifer Esposito (SUMMER OF SAM), Omar Epps (IN TOO DEEP), Jonny Lee Miller (TRAINSPOTTING), Vitamin C (GET OVER IT), and Jeri Ryan (STAR TREK: VOYAGER). When a team of techno-savvy thieves breaks into a high-security vault, they don't discover priceless artwork ... they find a crypt that hasn't been opened for 100 years! Suddenly, the ancient terror of Dracula is unleashed in the chaotic 21st century. Free to follow his pursuits of seduction and power, Dracula's first destination is America and the exotic city of New Orleans, a place where he feels right at home. Not far behind, however, is a young vampire hunter (Miller) from London, determined to save a young woman (Justine Waddell) with whom Dracula shares his dark legacy!
- Making Of
- Deleted Footage With Commentary
- Audition Footage
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If you haven't actually seen the movie, it was released right around the time that it was trendy to have really beautiful people star in horror flicks. So you'll notice that almost all of the cast could be on a runway, modeling. It also offers a different theory to the Dracula mythos that I found interesting. It was a combination of all of that and the fact that the soundtrack was awesome (if you like hard rock/heavy metal) that really made this film entertaining for me (I remember going out and buying the CD right after seeing the movie in theaters).
It's definitely not for everyone, but I did think Gerard Butler made an awesome Dracula, even if he wasn't all 300 ripped back then.
Let me just say that I have become a rather avid fan of Gerard Butler in the last few months. The man is HOT, and he lives up to his looks in this movie as Dracula, WOW! Girls, it is worth watching JUST to see him strutting around in black and to see him with his shirt off and, oh yes, the sex scene. :)
Now to be a more in-depth reviewer. I honestly do like the twist here! I enjoy seeing their take on the origins of vampires, and Van Helsing's (Christopher Plummer) continuing role. Johnny Lee Miller makes a good sidekick too. I also quite liked seeing all the classic Dracula trappings (and I should know them as we studied the novel in depth in my Brit. Lit. 2 class) - bats, wolves, Christian symbols, silver, mist, walking in daylight, regaining his youth as he feeds, etc. - put into play. The history is interesting, the theory is intruiging, and Mary as Van Helsing's daughter and her heritage and therefore connection to Dracula is fascinating!
Substituting the Virgin Corporation for the actual virgins from the original Dracula is just a little bit stupid though. Product placement, eesh.
I think this film actually had a good thing going. If they had spent more time developing the plot elements and less on the INCREDIBLY corny action scenes, it could have been quite a good movie! But, everyone who was turned seems to find it in their nature to drop cheesy lines meant to be funny and to be very cliché and slutty. Omar Epps, Jeri Ryan, Danny Masterson and all the rest really fell short on that.
Still, the original capture of Dracula, his freeing, the resolution, and his origins all make for elements to the movie that make it worth seeing. There's certainly some explanation for why the tools used against Dracula work as they do. Although, I can't remember hearing why he doesn't like garlic, did I miss that bit?
The execution of the storyline is shabby, yes, but there is a little gold amongst the dross. And, if all else fails, if you find Gerard Butler to be amazingly attractive, he'll keep you interested to the end of the movie! :)