Lively, entertaining reviews of, and essays on, old and newer films and everything relating to them, written by professional author William Schoell.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


DRACULA 2000 (aka Wes Craven Presents Dracula 2000/2000). Director: Patrick Lussier.

"Do you think you can teach me anything about betrayal?"

Crooks looking for valuable loot invade a vault and inadvertently unleash the undead Dracula (Gerard Butler) upon the world. He winds up in New Orleans where he goes after the daughter of his old foe Van Helsing (Christopher Plummer), who has stayed alive all these years by using his supernatural foe's blood. There are interesting elements in this movie to be certain -- including the true identity of Dracula, which is a neat twist -- but despite the good points and a few exciting, well-handled scenes, it just doesn't jell. Jonny Lee Miller is appealing as the hero, Simon, Van Helsing's surrogate son, and it's always a pleasure to see Jeri Ryan of Star Trek: Voyager who plays a reporter and victim. While not handsome in the conventional sense, some might feel Gerard Butler makes a strangely sexy vampire. The typical "black comedy" approach of many sequences works against the eeriness of the storyline.

Verdict: Not without merit, but nothing you can really sink your teeth into. **1/2.

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