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movie from Europe with a limited budget but putting a modern spin on
this classic tale didn't have much bite. I couldn't get past the way
these actors came across, felt like they were reading their scripts to
each other. There really wasn't much in the scare dept. a few good sets
here and there doesn't make a good film and this one fell short in every
way. Three stars is more than it deserves.
Of course those well-versed in the lore of vampires in general and Dracula in particular will recognize the variation of Vlad Tepes as being the name of the "real" Dracula of history, the Wallachian prince known as the Impaler. What threw me at first was the whole bit about Dracula's uncle, because the whole idea that Dracula becomes younger as he gets new blood that we have seen in the past (e.g., "Bram Stoker's Dracula"), is abandoned this time. Not only does Bergin play both Tepes, we go back and forth from the younger to the older throughout. This becomes problematic because the older Vladislav is the more imposing and interesting figure of the two, especially since the younger one smacks too much of James Bond at time. At least the older one has something of a Romanian accent (most of the time, anyhow).Read more ›
Starring Patrick Bergin (SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY) as the Count, DRACULA'S CURSE is a modern-day retelling of the classic Bram Stoker novel, updated with sports cars and cell phones, set in Budapest where American real estate agent Jonathan Harker (and by American, I mean the actor who plays him, Hardy Kruger, Jr. is from Switzerland) and his fiancee Mina are enjoying a nice vacation with their friends Lucy, Quincy and Arthur when Jonathan is met with a business proposal by the mysterious Vladislav Tepes who wishes Mr. Harker to liquidate his family's fortune and help him movie out of Romania.
Blah blah blah, Tepes is a vampire who, in this incarnation of the story, is out to seduce the entire group with promises of power and freedom from conscience if they but come to him, love him, want him. Meanwhile the visiting Dr. Valenzi (Giancarlo Gannini, CASINO ROYALE), friend to Dr. Seward whom Lucy had picked up one night at a party, is trying to convince the group that there's grave danger surrounding them. Of course they don't believe him because he's an eccentric old man and anyway, as Arthur says, "Vampires are movies!"
Actually, I have to interject and disagree because vampires aren't movies at all. Sometimes characters in movies are vampires, but I must insist that vampires themselves are not movies.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Italian two-part mini-TV-series is shortened for American release. My review is about the abridged version of the film. Read morePublished on January 6, 2008 by Amazon Customer
i'm only 15 minutes into this film and i'm finding it hard to keep watching.
this is quite possibly the worst acting/directing i've ever seen in a movie.
It was a rather faithfull version to the book, althought the action takes place not in england but in budapestPublished on July 26, 2006 by Juan
What can I say about this film? The characters simply do not have any personality. And to be honest, I just don't like any movie that only has an absolute evil, an absolute good... Read morePublished on November 17, 2005 by Fang Ying Hui
The storyline isn't that bad but the acting is way off. Most of the actors are unknown and act in weird ways. Read morePublished on August 31, 2005
The Dracula legend is retold once again, but in a movie that's anything but a superfluous addition to the legion of adaptations of the original Stoker novel. Read morePublished on August 1, 2005 by Stephen B. O'Blenis