Bram Stoker’s Dracula’s Curse Release Date: 25 April 2006 (USA) Genre: Horror Director(s): Leigh Scott (Frankenstein Reborn, King of the Lost World) Writer(s): Leigh Scott (Frankenstein Reborn, The Beast of Bray Road) Starring: Rhett Giles, Thomas Downey, Eliza Swenson Dracula’s Curse does not suck. Usually I’d credit the above averageness to the return of Rhett […]

Autor:

I like watching movies and I like to share its

Bram Stoker’s Dracula’s Curse
Release Date: 25 April 2006 (USA)
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Leigh Scott (Frankenstein Reborn, King of the Lost World)
Writer(s): Leigh Scott (Frankenstein Reborn, The Beast of Bray Road)
Starring: Rhett Giles, Thomas Downey, Eliza Swenson

Dracula’s Curse does not suck.

Usually I’d credit the above averageness to the return of Rhett Giles, but he’s pretty much a nonfactor during much of the movie. Nor can I credit to When a Stranger Calls star Rebekah Kochan, who manages to be the worst actor in a movie full of mediocre actors. She even one-ups herself by sporting a hairstyle that makes her look like even more of a pear-faced elfish creature. I actually think I’m going to give credit to Leigh Scott-Slawner, the man who has been behind half of The Asylum’s unspectacular line-up during the past year. This is all on the account of his script not being incoherent (see Beast of Bray Road) and his directing not consisting of whirling the camera around at random moments (see Hillside Cannibals).

The plot of Dracula’s Curse is nothing new. Most of the members of a group of rogue vampire hunters are not particularly thrilled when they learn that Colonel Rufus King (Downey) has been brought in to negotiate a truce with Maximillian. To put it short and sweet, Maximillion is essentially Nosferatu if he looked like that thing from Lord of the Rings. Max and his partner ensure King that their threats of harsh punishment will be able to keep the entire vampire population from killing humans for sustenance. What they don’t count on, however, is Countess Elizabeth Bathorly and her slutty looking vamp chicks to flagrantly break the pact soon after. Now it’s up to Rufus, Jacob Van Helsing (Giles), a young man whose virgin girlfriend was abducted by Bathorly’s women, the old crew of hunters, and some Pure Blood vampires to band together and fight back.

Let me get the negatives out of the way first. The most glaring mistake is Leigh Scott’s decision to shoot over 108 minutes of footage and only make two small cuts in editing. Most Asylum movies barely clock in at 85 minutes. While the movie isn’t a chore to sit through, it does plod along at the points, and there are some unnecessary scenes of attempted character development that don’t exactly work. The worst of them all, a chat and boxing session done by two girls who can neither box nor act, comes across even worse when you realize Scott filmed the scene during reshoots.

There’s also the case of the four characters that required prosthetics and make-up effects. The fourth, Lord Drakulya, looks fantastic. The other three, especially in the case of Satan (or someone on a high council that looks like Satan) and his assistant, are laughably goofy looking. Satan comes off as a pussy. I can say with certainly that even I could kick his ass.

As I said before, Dracula’s Curse is not completely devoid of entertainment. Leigh Scott’s script actually makes sense and doesn’t fall into the “Teens get attacked” territory that his previous films had. The characters actually have some depth thanks to Scott. And while some of his scenes look like they’ve come right out of a CGI videogame cut-scene, his directing choices actually show that he’s picked something up over the past couple movies.

While a tad bit too goofy and hokey thanks in part to Scott trying to pull too much off with the budget afforded to him, Dracula’s Curse is still possibly worth a look.
DVD: Another annoying commentary track with ten people trying to contribute, a behind the scenes featurette, a music video, bloopers, and two deleted scenes.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 8.0/10 (2 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Bram Stoker's Dracula's Curse, 8.0 out of 10 based on 2 ratings

Comments on this entry (no comments)

Did you like this post? You can share your opinion with us! Simply click here.

Add Your Comment