Dracula III: Legacy Release Date: 12 July 2005 (USA) Genre: Horror Director(s): Patrick Lussier (Prophecy 3, Dracula 2000, Dracula II) Writer(s): Joel Soisson (Prophecy 3, 4, 5) & Patrick Lussier (Dracula 2000) Starring: Jason Scott Lee, Jason London, Rutger Hauer, Roy Schneider In what I can only hope is not the last film of Dimension’s […]

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Dracula III: Legacy
Release Date: 12 July 2005 (USA)
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Patrick Lussier (Prophecy 3, Dracula 2000, Dracula II)
Writer(s): Joel Soisson (Prophecy 3, 4, 5) & Patrick Lussier (Dracula 2000)
Starring: Jason Scott Lee, Jason London, Rutger Hauer, Roy Schneider

In what I can only hope is not the last film of Dimension’s Dracula trilogy, director Patrick Lussier amps up the b-movie fun with some great effects, some buyable chemistry between two unlikely friends, and a nifty plot that sends our protagonists through the dreariest places Romania has to offer.

Even though I’m sure I’ve seen Dracula II: Ascension, I honestly do not remember a lick of it. These two sequels were filmed back-to-back, with the plots actually following each other rather than just starting a new story like the Hellraiser movies do. A nicely done package as the opening credits roll gives a glimpse into what happened in the second film, which leaves us to see the reintroduction of the charming Luke (London) and the part-priest, part-vampire assassin Ufizzi (Lee) in a fun scene. Luke is on a mission to find his girlfriend Julia, who has been abducted by the vampires, while Ufizzi is on the look out for a man who he has quite the score to settle with; Dracula (Hauer).

One thing you’ve gotta admire about Dracula III: Legacy is that it plays just about every emotion out there, and it does a fine job of doing so. There’s some genuinely hilarious, tense, depressing, and fun moments scattered throughout the entire movie. In this entry of Lussier’s trilogy, the vampires are presented in a way that puts them on the same page as zombies at times. I dug that element, as it left the doors way open for some tremendous sequences. Just wait until Luke and Ufizzi meet a pair of circus vampires, one of who just happens to be on stilts.

As I’m sure every other review of Dracula III will point out, it’s the third act that prevents this from being a direct-to-video triumph. In the commentary Lussier does mention that he wished he could’ve done more, and that rings true with my feelings. There’s a part that wishes there was less poetry and more fluid explanations, which is where this goes awry.

Saying all that, come on Lussier (and you too Dimension). I want a fourth, fifth, and sixth Dracula movie. And this is coming from someone who isn’t big on vampires.

DVD: Dimension, and Disney in general, has been dedicating itself to delivering awesome DVDs and this is no different. The commentary with writer/director Patrick Lussier, producer Joel Soisson, and make-up designer Gary J. Tunnicliffe runs the gamut as far as commentaries go. It’s funny, informative, laid back, and seemingly very genuine. Then there’s an alternate ending, a deleted scene, two video conversations that last a few minutes with Lussier and Tunnicliffe, cast auditions for four of the Romanian roles (which could’ve been helped by showing a clip of that actor in the movie), and then there’s a weird one. The original treatments for all three Dracula movies are included. Added up, this amounts to over 200 pages. Impressive, but that damn font Dimension used is really distracting.

Bravo to Dimension for hooking us up.

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