I want to preface this by saying I may be biased on this one. I really enjoy DRACULA 2000, but it may be because of the nostalgia I have in seeing it for the first time in theaters. That, and the soundtrack ranks as #2 of all-time (behind THE CROW), with an awesome line-up including Pantera, Linkin Park, System of a Down, and Slayer. Also of interest, I just noticed that Gerard Butler of 300 fame starred as Dracula, which previously went unnoticed. Now, on to the review:
Under Miramax and thereby the evil Disney, Dimension kicked off the late-90s with a string of soft-R Horror flicks geared towards raking in the teenage dollar. SCREAM and AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN PARIS lead the way with their teen-edgy language and implied nudity, so it was only a matter of time before a New Age Dracula graced the screen. DRACULA 2000 steps in with a fresh, 'hip' take on the classic tale, retaining many of the original character names and events while modernizing them with relevant actors familiar to the teen crowds. The unfortunate side effect of doing so is that the obligatory comic relief and cheesy acting are expected results. Butler plays a charming and seductive villain, which is much more in line with Langella's performance in the 1979 rendition than the bestial Lee or theatrical Lugosi. The film manages to marry visual and practical FX very well, with the few computerized scenes looking very convincing. It also offers some decent atmosphere through several brightly colored interiors and creepy vampiresses reminiscent of the classic Hammer films. Some might consider the final reveal to be too contrived, but for what its worth, it is a unique take on the legend. I find it to be an entertaining if not average ride that would have benefited by less studio involvement. Definitely worth checking out if you havent seen it!
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