Release date: 2012
An indie (and budget constrained) version of Dracula, can be problematic, it really can. If we remember Alucard or (in a related subject matter) Dracula’s Guest, we remember films that, kindly, were more ambitious than talent or money would allow for.
Anthony D P Mann has created his version of Dracula and his inspiration are the Euro-horrors that are, certainly for me, a staple of the genre. The film even goes as far as having a legend at the head of the feature suggesting that this is a lost film of the golden euro-horror era. By tackling Dracula, by playing with the story, by aspiring to Hammer, Amicus, Franco and the raft of other classic 60s/70s euro-horror, Mann has set himself a very tall order. But… just look at the movie poster… such sensibilities can go a long way… and they do. Is it perfect, no. Is it a valiant effort? Very much so.
|triggering Harker's memories|
|Renfield becomes a plot device|
|Quincy and Lucy|
|ending the bloofer lady|
|Dracula with dark hair|
|Terry Wade as Van Helsing|
Okay, the film is not perfect but I was impressed. It has faults – definitely – and not all of the story changes worked for me. But for the budget ($15,000 according to IMDb) they did remarkable things and made a film that I found very watchable. 6 out of 10.
The IMDb page is here and the homepage is here.