But the fact that it was all so spurious worked in the film's favour. Realising that the writers had just gone off on a fictional trail of their own, ignoring anything vaguely resembling historical (or novel) voracity, made the film that much easy to watch. What we had then was a vampire sword and sorcery with big (mostly cgi and bat related) set pieces. Think of it a little on the same level as Underworld: Rise of the Lycans without werewolves. Indeed, this film was endangered by the same thing that did for the Underworld prequel – the fact that we walked in knowing the ending… except this managed not to suffer for that and managed to keep an interest and, dare I say it, a degree of tension that U:RotL failed to create.
|Luke Evans as Vlad|
|into the cave|
|the second encounter|
|I am vampire|
I’d say worth a watch. The imdb page is here.