Dracula Untold takes a new look at Dracula, imagining a heroic beginning to one of literature and film’s greatest monsters.
In the film, Luke Evans plays Vlad Dracula, the real life Prince of Wallachia, also known as Vlad the Impaler. Weaker than a Sultan with a desire to conquer much of the world, Dracula is threatened with having many of his people, including his son, being drafted into the sultan’s army. Dracula will do whatever it takes to protect his family and people, and sets out on a dangerous journey to gain the power to defend his people. In the course of his mission, he sells his soul to monsters, who turn him into the vampiric legend we know today. His power is enough, it would seem, to fend off the Sultan’s army. But the cost to his soul may prove far greater than he anticipated.
Dracula Untold comes from director Gary Shore, and this is his first feature length film. Based on the trailer, he might have a degree of talent, but this is a lot to ask of a first time director.
Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless wrote the screenplay, which is of course loosely based on the novel by Bram Stoker.
Dracula Untold Name Trailer
Dracula Untold Release Date
October 17, 2014.
Who’s In It?
Luke Evans . . . Dracula
What’s Good About It?
Dracula Untold has a good cast, with up and comers Luke Evans and Dominic Cooper the main stars, though Tywin Lannister himself, Charles Dance, will play one of the vampiric monsters who turns Vlad into a vampire. So there’s a good cast. And the special effects look solid.
What’s Bad About It?
This could prove a very challenging film for many people to get behind. I think the concept is very solid, with a good man driven to sell his soul for good purposes, but I think it would’ve been better if he’d made a deal with the devil, and become the first vampire, rather than another vampire based on another bloodline. I might have misinterpreted this in the trailer, but that’s how it looks to me.
Our Clever Prediction
Most likely, Dracula Untold won’t break the bank when it’s released this October. That said, the film might spawn a cool couple films. I could definitely see a sequel that follows the book Dracula far more closely, as very cool indeed. It would be awesome to see the hero of the first film become a villain in the second.
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