Dracula II: Ascension
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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.Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
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There are three reasons to watch this film:
1. It's a Dracula/Vampire Film.
2. Jason Scott Lee is in it.
3. Roy Scheider is in it. Read more
This felt like a desperate attempt to connect with the first film through a title extension only. They couldn't get the same actor to play Dracula so they offered a lame... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Einsatz
Movie did not disappoint. Wonderful addition to my husband's collection. Something he wanted to add for a good while. Very reasonable price. Thank you.Published on June 28, 2014 by Jo
I really enjoyed this film. it perfectly matches the films Dracula 2000 and Dracula 3. As a matter of fact, it is part of a trilogy of
Dracula films telling a specific story... Read more
What, can I say.... I'm a freak when it comes to Vampires, Werewolves, Warlocks, & Witches. They make the best Horror movies but, the don't make movies like they use to cause now &... Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by Cathy S. Tachera
If there was a vampire movie that did NOT need a sequel, it would be "Dracula 2000."
But since Hollywood cannot resist flogging a dead horse, "Dracula 2000" actually got... Read more
Dracula II: Ascension is another addition to a long line of poorly-made Dracula movies with the attachment of several elements. Read morePublished on August 25, 2011 by Gordon Ehrensing
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