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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 06.27.14] horror

I like Luke Evans. He's talented, he's handsome and it was only a matter of time before he had a chance to lead a movie. I'm not convinced Dracula Untold is going to raise him into superstardom but it likely won't sting too badly either. Or so I hope.

Written by newcomers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, the pair also responsible for the script of Alex Proyas' upcoming Gods of Egypt, Evans stars as Vlad Tepes, a prince who rebels against a Sultan (Dominic Cooper) who is raising an army. Rather than allowing his young son to be recruited, Vlad stands against the Sultan and in a last ditch effort to keep his family safe, he strikes a deal with a creature that turns him into a vampire.

It's not exactly a new take on the vampire story, it's basically the awesome opening of Bram Stoker's Dracula slightly revised and extended, but it's not one we've seen in a while.

I love a bloody period piece and with the added vampire angle, this is certainly one I'm looking forward to and the trailer is looking pretty great which doesn't explain why the studio went around madly pulling the same trailer which leaked a few days ago. Their response suggested that the thing was terrible when, in fact, it's far from it and if anything, it looks like newcomer Gary Shore had done a fine job of his first big budget directing gig.

Dracula Untold opens October 17.

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Keith (7 years ago) Reply

Feels like they are turning Dracula into a super hero with super powers... powers way beyond what a "normal" vampire would have. I'm definitely intrigued and will check this one out but I am a little skeptical. Looks like awesome action regardless!


Koolz (7 years ago) Reply

God that Hollywood for you making what looks like a pretty good movie into something stupid with so low dumb pop song in a trailer. Looked good till they brought out the Hero Evil Complex. Dracula Super Matrix 3 killer? Hope it does well but not impressed where there going with it.

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