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The Movie

  • Starring:
    Jonny Lee Miller as Simon Sheppard
    Justine Waddell as Mary Heller/Van Helsing
    Gerard Butler as Dracula
    Danny Masterson as Nightshade
    Jeri Ryan as Valerie Sharpe
    Colleen Fitzpatrick as Lucy Westerman
    Jennifer Esposito as Solina
    Lochlyn Munro as Eddie
    Sean Patrick Thomas as Trick
    Omar Epps as Marcus
    Christopher Plummer as Abraham/Matthew Van Helsing
    Tig Fong as Dax
    Tony Munch as Charlie
    Shane West as J.T.
    Nathan Fillion as Father David
    Tom Kane as Anchor Man
    Jonathon Whittaker as Detective Gautreaux
    Robert Verlaque as Dr. Seward

  • Director: Patrick Lussier

Review

Wes Craven has built a great reputation in making modern horror films; he's injected new life into 'screamers'. trouble is, he really hasn't grasped the point of Dracula. Any vampirophile will tell you that Dracula is no mere monster of the dark - he doesn't need to break mirrors, hide on ceilings, attack randomly ... Dracula terrorises by reaching to the roots of fear. You don't scream, you just become silently aware that the hairs on the back of your neck are standing proud; the fear has entered your soul. Scream? you've forgotten how to.

Having said all that, this is a brave attempt to reset Bram Stoker's story in the fast moving world of New Orleans (yes, Mardis Gras is in full session). The early stages, where the film shows the connections with the original tale, is quite unnerving, but before he's halfway across the Atlantic, Drac is playing mind games with the fools who didn't realise he was in that coffin.

One serious deviation from the original story is the use of silver, not wooden stakes, to destroy vampires. there is a twist in the story which requires that - but no attempt to provide us with an explanation for what we can only guess is an ignorant, lazy interpretation of the legend.

This movie wants to persuade us that dracula has lived for much more than the few hundred years often offered; he is all powerful, unkillable. So why does he play adolescent games with his victims; why indeed does he kill like a fox among chickens? If he's been doing that for a good few hundred years, who could deny his existence? Always the need for slashing and blood every two minutes is allowed to trash what could have been a great movie.

For those who have not seen it, I won't give the ending away; but I'll say this; if the suggestions made were right ... would the story have had an ending like that? No.

I'm giving this movie a hard time, not because I didn't enjoy it - I did - but because it could - and should - have been so much better. Go see it; you'll enjoy.

The DVD

  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
  • Aspect Ratio(s): 2.35:1
  • Audio Encoding: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
  • Studio: Dimension Home Video
  • DVD Released: 4 February 2003
  • Run Time: 99 min

Special Features

  • Available Audio Tracks: English, French
  • Commentary by director Patrick Lussier and writer Joel Soisson
  • Making Of
  • Deleted Footage With Commentary
  • Storyboards
  • Audition Footage

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