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| | 1 hr 38 min | Horror

Dracula 2000 takes the award for being anything but the usual revamped tale of vampires and the mythic Transylvanian count. Perhaps this stems from the writing and directing of Patrick Lussier, but one can be sure producer Wes Craven had a hand in the film's unique style. The titled of the movie actually is listed as Wes Craven Presents Dracula 2000, at least for promotional purposes. The movie essential draws from the original novel by Bram Stoker, but justifies a modern resurrection for the Y2K generation.

Dracula 2000 has one very big selling point, the appearance of Christopher Plummer as Matthew Van Helsing. Matthew is the new millennial heir to the Van Helsing lineage, even a shop full of archaic relics that includes a silver coffin containing the famed Count Dracula. Dracula is played by actor Gerard Butler, comes alive again when thieves steal the silver coffin and attempt to transport it by airplane. The airplane crash lands in the swamps in New Orleans, but Count Dracula survives to begin a new chapter in his vampiric life.

Dracula 2000 has a large cast of characters, but most are less than memorable. What is interesting about the movie, lies with the twists in the plot and usage of little known details from vampire mythology for the storyline. One example of this being that Count Dracula makes claim that he is actually Judas Iscariot, having survived since the times of Jesus. Even if only for fun, this movie has the stuff fans of the vampire genre will enjoy.

There has been a substantial cult following for Dracula 2000 over time. This out growth of followers generated the creation of two movie sequels, although both were made only for straight to video releases. For vampire cult fans, Dracula 2000 is one for the home collection and to share with friends at evening parties. Dracula 2000 does not suck.

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Stars
Christopher Plummer, Gerard Butler, Jonny Lee Miller, Justine Waddell, Jennifer Esposito
Director
Patrick Lussier
Language
English
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