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Dracula II: Ascension

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An ancient evil is once again unleashed in the 21st Century as fright master Wes Craven presents this terrifying and suspenseful sequel to the big-screen hit DRACULA 2000! Featuring screen favorites Jason Scott Lee (RUSSELL MULCAHY'S TALE OF THE MUMMY), Jason London ( OUT COLD, THE RAGE: CARRIE 2), and Craig Sheffer (HELLRAISER: INFERNO, A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT), ASCENSION is the riveting story of a group of medical students who come across the body of the world's most notorious vampire! When a mysterious stranger appears and offers the students $30 million to harvest the body and steal its blood for auction, it's an offer they can hardly refuse! But as the lure of riches collides with unimaginable terror, the students also find themselves relentlessly pursued by a vampire killer from the Vatican! Also starring Roy Scheider (JAWS) and Brande Roderick (TV's BAYWATCH) -- anyone who craves intense suspense can happily sink their teeth into this chilling thriller!


Did someone say Dracula II? Like there haven't been a few hundred Dracula movies already? Oh well: Dracula II: Ascension is a sequel to Dracula 2000, with the ageless vampire again returning from apparent extinction. The twist is that Dracula's blood will be used by a researcher (baroque performance by Craig Sheffer) to reverse the effects of a crippling disease; Sheffer's assistants (read: vampire fodder) will help. Joining this scientific survey is long-haired vampire slayer Jason Scott Lee, who seems to have stalked in from another picture--but never mind Roy Scheider, whose wizened priest might be onscreen for all of 60 seconds. After a reasonably lively opening half-hour, this cheapie devolves into the usual blood-letting and illogical behavior. Some of the vampire lore is pretty diverting (did you know a vampire must untie every knot he sees?), but Dracula II is strictly for enthusiasts of the genre. --Robert Horton

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  • Actors: Jennifer Kroll, Jason Scott Lee, Craig Sheffer, Diane Neal, Khary Payton
  • Directors: Patrick Lussier
  • Writers: Patrick Lussier, Joel Soisson
  • Producers: Nick Phillips, Joel Soisson, Ron Schmidt, W.K. Border
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Dimension
  • DVD Release Date: June 17, 2003
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008DDUZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,638 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dracula II: Ascension" on IMDb

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By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 29, 2004
Format: DVD
Not only do you need to know that this direct to video movie is a sequel to "Dracula 2000," but that it is now the middle part of a trilogy that concludes this year with "Dracula III: The Legacy." Otherwise when you get to the "to be continued" ending you might feel cheated that you are left hanging just as things are starting to get interesting. But then for most of "Dracula II: Ascension" it is not really clear why this 2003 film is a sequel to what is now the original in all this.

In director Patrick Lussier's "Dracula 2000" the new twist on the story of Dracula is that we finally learn the real reason why the vampire loathes Christian symbols. It turns out that Dracula is really Judas Iscariot (you have to admit, it is an audacious idea even if it is rather ludicrous). However, this great revelation has almost nothing to do with this story except for a few seconds towards the end. This makes sense because except for Dracula's crisp corpse in the morgue most of this film has no reason to be tied to the first film. Throughout the important thing is that these characters have stumbled across a real live vampire, so to speak, and the fact that this is the burned body of Dracula is as inconsequential as the idea he is really Judas as well.

So, Dracula's body shows up in the morgue and as Elizabeth Blaine (Diane Neal) and Luke (Jason London) do the autopsy they come up with the crazy idea that this is the body of a vampire. Then something happens to convince them that they are correct in their suspicions, an idea that is reinforced when they suddenly get a phone call out of the blue from a mysterious stranger named Luke (John Light) offering $3 for the body.
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With the success of "Dracula 2000" it was surprising when Dimension Films chose to release the sequel "Dracula 2: Ascension" not to theaters, but Direct-to-DVD. Since it was the same director from the first film, Wes Craven was producing once again, and the cast was comprised of good actors (not necessarily A-list, but neither was the first films' stars), the decision just didn't seem to make much sense. Now, I'm not sure if the decision to go Direct-to-DVD effected the storyline, or if the script had already been written to be one big script, spread out over two sequels. Either way, it seemed odd, and I have to say I was skeptical about even watching "Dracula 2: Ascension" (though the two sequels were shot back-to-back, due to legal trouble for Dimension Films, "Dracula 2: Ascension" was released over a year before "Dracula 3: Legacy"). But, after watching "Dracula 2000" again, I decided I should at least give the second film a chance, after all with the same director and producer it should at least be as good a movie as the first. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised by "Dracula 2: Ascension", it had a good, solid story, with strong acting (Dracula was played by a different person, in fact none of the original cast returned for the sequels), and continued to build on the new origins of this modern-day Dracula.

"Dracula 2: Ascension" picks up pretty much where "Dracula 2000" left off. Dracula appeared to have been killed, however, appearances can be deceiving, as Dracula is once again alive and well. This time though his freedom will be short lived as he is captured by a team of scientists who are attempting to find the key to immortality, a secret that is locked within Dracula's blood.
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I know this was a really bad movie to many people, but I can't bring myself to erase it from my Tivo, and there are so many things I love about it that I had to give it 5 stars.

The first thing you need to know about this movie is that it isn't much of a sequel. All it really keeps from Dracula 2000 is the mythology around the creation of Dracula. To me, the whole Judas as Dracula thing is a fascinating idea because the blood drinking of Christians (and giving eternal life through drinking blood) is a delicious bending of holy communion. Dracula 2000 ends with Dracula locked up in Van Helsing's vault, but you just have to forget that and figure he was left hanging upside down on the cross at the end of 2000 (maybe the filmmakers were making this up as they went along).

The second thing, is that the actor playing Dracula has changed, which was fine with me because I thought Scott Billington was both scarier and more attractive in a menacing way than Gerard Butler. The movie makes a clumsy attempt to explain this by saying each time Dracula regenerates, he changes form, but their reasoning doesn't really work unless you discount Dracula 2000, (where he always looked the same in flashbacks.)

Many people have complained that Dracula is tied to a cadaver chair for most of the movie, and he is, but Billington managed to make that work with his facial expressions--you could almost see what was going on in Dracula's head. I actually liked it that Dracula wasn't all powerful through most of the movie--it seems like his ascension should take time and be at some cost, so seeing him suffer as a lab rat was somehow "right" with me.

So what did I love about this movie?
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