Dario Argento’s DRACULA
moves at a lethargic pace for the
first 70 minutes before the movie picks up for the last 30 minutes with only
the out-of-place giant mantis scene being the only thing to bother me. Thomas
Kretschmann is more alive in his
performance as Van Helsing on DRACULA the series where his Dracula in this
movie is too restrained. Rutger Hauer
brings some life to the party as Abraham Van Helsing (and oddly enough Rutger
played Dracula in a different Dracula film years ago). Asia Argento is a better
performer as Lucy,
Mina’s best friend, where Mina seems too plain and Jonathan Harker is a really
bland character that you won’t miss him when he meets his doom by Dracula.
The vampire bride adds some sex appeal, but
the jealously of a vampire over Mina isn’t pushed far enough. It
is like Dario Argento had made a poor
copy of a Hammer Horror film where this Dracula has no charisma like
Christopher Lee’s Dracula. Skip this
film and go watch one of Dario Argento’s better earlier films. Even MOTHER
OF TEARS (whether you love or
hate it) is ten times better than Argento’s take on Dracula.
The hour plus of behind-the-scenes
interviews and footage
forms a documentary of sorts on the movie from how they came to write the
script, film the movie to be converted into stereoscopic 3D in post-production,
production design, costume design, visual effects for 3D, and interviews with
some of the actors.
The music video for “Kiss
me Dracula” is a better directed
piece than the movie itself. Also singer
Silvia Specchio is more attractive than the three female characters (even Asia
Argento who has looked better in other movies).
Also included on the DVD are
a theatrical trailer and the
red band trailer for Dario Argento’s Dracula.
Playing before the main menu are previews for other films available or
coming soon from IFC Films.
FINAL ANALYSIS: I
loved the score for the movie, but Argento’s Dracula aka DRACULA 3D does suck
for the first 70 minutes for moving way too slow and tries to be make up for it
in the last 30 minutes. Skip this movie
and wait for DRACULA the series to hit DVD and blu-ray where Thomas Kretschmann
is a better Van Helsing than he is Dracula in this version of Dracula. It is
sad the Kiss Me Dracula music video is
way better than the movie itself.
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