Announced a couple of years ago, this version of the timeless tale has been brought to the screen by master horror director Dario Argento. Liberties have certainly been taken with Bram Stoker’s original story, but Argento has fashioned the story to suit his vision of the vampire count.
Jonathan Harker has gained a postition in Count Dracula’s employment as his librarian but virtually as soon as he gets there he is bitten by one of Dracula’s ‘brides’, a recently turned young woman called Tania played by the amazingly attractive Miriam Giovanelli who constantly disrobes to my approval!!
This time around Dracula is played by Thomas Kretschmann who I think does rather well, but unfortunately he’s up against Lugosi, Lee and Langella so I’m afraid he’s no real comparison but fair play like I said he does well. The supporting cast including Argento’s daughter Asia do okay and Rutger Hauer plays a nice Van Helsing, but as I watched it I wondered are everyone involved making it all a bit naff on purpose.
What I mean is, the film has some of the most appalling CGI seen this side of a bad SyFy Channel Movie of the Week. The production just seemed too much ‘panto’ for my tastes but because of that in a twisted sort of way I actually sort of enjoyed it. The 3D is actually quite excellent with plenty of depth and some real effort has gone into the sound design. The music however is frankly so bad it’s brilliant with orchestra type horror music backed up with weird woo woo Scooby Doo’esque sounds – how cool is that?
Dracula is a totally and utterly appallingly bad film, but I recommend it to anyone who wants to see something completely barmy and barking mad and for that I commend the film makers.
- Starring Thomas Kretschmann Asia Argento Rutger Hauer
- Director Dario Argento
- Distributor Sony Pictures Italy