The ageless vampire returns 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.
- Writers - Patrick Lussier, Joel Soisson
- Patrick Lussier
- Executive Producers - Wes Craven, Nick Phillips
7 June 2003
- Running Time: 85 minutes
- Also Known As: Wes Craven
Presents Dracula II: Ascension
Jennifer Kroll as Twins of Evil
Craig Sheffer as Lowell
Diane Neal as Elizabeth Blaine
Khary Payton as
Jason Scott Lee as Father Uffizi
Brande Roderick as Tanya
London as Luke
Tom Kane as Cartoon Voice
John Light as Eric
Billington as Dracula II
Nick Phillips as Officer Smith
John Sharian as
Dragos Balauca as Altar Boy
David Gant as Old Priest
Roy Scheider as Cardinal Siqueros
Daniela Nane as Cat as Woman
Francis as Jesus
Rutger Hauer as Dracula (flashforward)
sequel to "Wes Craven Presents Dracula
2000", there's little in common besides the studio milking wes Craven's
name for all it can get, and Wes Craven taking his thirty pieces of silver for
betraying the audience yet again.
The story is a tad over the top, with
fairly feeble performances from most of the leads. Dracula has a strong brooding
presence throughout, and the all-too-human vampire hunter is a cool cookie.
are some excellent set pieces; a sack of grain thrown to slow Dracula down - apparently
legend says that vampires have to stop and count every grain; so he does; instantly.
strong thread of the movie is showing the human side of the characters; involved
through finacial greed, they gardually come to care more for the chance of Eternal
The weak thread is the interaction between them; if their relationships
were that pathetic, would they ever have been pals, let alone got involved in
this terrifying caper? I think not.
All in all, a see once and move on movie;
quick and loads of action, but poorly plotted and sadly scripted. Opening left
for another sequel ...