Dracula Untold is a real vampire film. By ‘real’ I mean that the monsters are actually scary, they die as myth has taught us and they don’t ever sparkle.
The film does have some similarities with Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, but it focuses on the unknown origins of how Dracula came to be. Count Dracula, as the film proposes, was a Transylvanian prince called Vladimir (Vlad the Impaler) who is at war with a Turkish Sultan over a disrupted peace pact. This war is actually a part of history, but the fantasy elements make it interesting. There’s even a love story intertwined for the ladies.
The dialogue is far from typical action-movie threats, exaggeration and superfluous swearing – it gets the job done and a few rousing speeches are made. Cinematically, the special effects are used perhaps a little too much but they are nonetheless thrilling and unique. The whole film is shot to be dark and dreary while the music is appropriately dramatic and spooky, like this guy.
The film’s ending hints at a sequel but don’t worry, there are no spoilers here. Keep an eye out for the man best known as “Tywin Lannister” and try not to jump in your seat. See the trailer here:
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