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Category: Dracula

I don’t normally post reviews because everyone has their own idea on whats good and whats bad, however, I feel that as this movie fits into our genre and we have done some posting on it, then I should share this review from Dreadcentral


Starring Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Samantha Barks, Thor Kristjansson, Art Parkinson, Zach McGowan, Dominic Cooper

Directed by Gary Shore

Situated somewhere in the no-vampire’s land of Gothic romantic saga and PG-13 supernatural horror, Dracula Untold is a story that’s actually been told many, many, many times. Its blueprint seems most strongly etched in the 1993 Francis Ford Coppola version – at least, the origin story bits do. The flashbacks of battles, the moments of immortal angst, and even the bride’s far fall into the ravine are all pretty palpably lifted from the visuals of that film.

But we also get some cool twists, like Vlad dissolving into a murder of crows whenever he needs to fly. Or is it bats? I must say, the CGI is pretty shaky and things are dark. Fortunately, the computer-generated crock is shored up by otherwise lovely cinematography that’s brought to us by actual 35mm film.

Here’s what’s at stake in this version: It’s the 15th century and Vlad Tepes (Luke Evans) — aka The Prince of Wallachia, aka The Impaler — is living happily with his sexy blonde wife, Mirena (Sarah Gadon), and an adoring prepubescent son, Ingeras (Art Parkinson). Things are going great until the almighty Turks demand that Wallachia give up 1,000 of their young boys – including Ingeras — to fight as bodyguards to the Sultan Mehmet (Dominic Cooper). This, Vlad cannot abide.

So to stave off the terrible Turks, Vlad strikes a Faustian bargain with a local cave-dwelling demon (Charles Dance). Vlad is given invincible power for three days and… a craving for human blood he’s powerless against. But, says the demon, if he can somehow refrain from bloodsucking for three days, Vlad’s a victor and a free man. If not, then he changes places with the cave-dwelling demon and takes up the torch of awful immortality (not unlike the fable of the Grim Reaper – one person holds the position, until the next one can be fooled or cajoled into taking it).

There are many visually dazzling moments, but that a movie does not make. Luckily, most of those are bound together with the occasional morsel of emotional resonance (one does believe Vlad really loves his wife and son – the family has chemistry) and suspense (there’s a gripping scene between Vlad and Mehmet, in which Mehmet has discovered Vlad’s weakness and taunts him with it).

Clocking in at 90 minutes, Dracula Untold lasts just long enough to not overstay its welcome. Thin plot aside, the actors are all well cast, each of them looking as though they’ve just stepped out of a Late Renaissance painting. The craggy faces and lived-in expressions of Evans, Cooper, and Dance are especially convincing and bring to mind a time when men in vampire movies were not all blonde and sparkly. What’s more, the attention to detail in their armor, weaponry, and accoutrement is impressive and appreciated.

It’s good, but hardly destined for classic status, nor is it library-worthy. But if you’re looking for just a quick, fun, and forgettable vampire bite, then Dracula Untold doesn’t disappoint. At least it has more blood and gore than the R-rated Annabelle.

Date: October 10th | Category: Dracula, Movie, Reviews
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A new international trailer has been released for the movie Dracula Untold. Watch it below:

Date: September 4th | Category: Dracula, Movie, Previews
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How did we miss this?? I must have been living under a rock these past weeks to not know about this new movie that is being released in October.


Dracula Untold essentially serves as a prequel to Bram Stoker’s classic tale. The film stars Luke Evans as the titular bloodsucker alongside Sarah Gadon, Samantha Barks, Thor Kristjansson, Art Parkinson, Zach McGowan, and Dominic Cooper.

Universal’s dramatic horror movie tells the origin story of the most famous of vampires. Michael De Luca is producing the project, and commercials helmer Gary Shore is making his directorial debut on the picture.

The synopsis for the movie reads:

Luke Evans is starring as the most famous of vampires in an origin story that sees a Transylvanian prince risk eternal damnation in order to save his wife and son from a Turkish horde. Barks plays a figure in Eastern European folk tales known as a baba yaga, a beautiful young woman who turns into a savage witch. Kristjansson is Bright Eyes, an Eastern European taken as a slave as a young boy and now a vicious assassin in the Ottoman Army. Parkinson portrays Dracula’s son, named Ingeras.

Check out the preview below:

Dracula Untold – International Trailer by dreadcentral


Date: June 25th | Category: Dracula, Movie
View Comments // View All Comments (0) | Posted by Katherine

From Nosferatu and Count Dracula to modern-day bloodsuckers in Twilight and Vampire Diaries the world-wide frenzy for the undead is insatiable. Now Turkey too is experiencing its own vampire renaissance – and AA met Istanbul’s own real-life vampire to find out more.

Giovanni Scognamillo, 85, lives in house-cum-vampire museum in the ancient Beyo?lu neighborhood of Istanbul, complete with cloak and other undead paraphernalia. By day an artist and cinema-history writer, by night Scognamillo – with his long, tapered black nails – is a self-described ‘vampire’.

Scognamillo has been writing and researching the legendary creatures for decades. Although common in other European folk tales, the undead traditionally do not feature much in Turkey: “Vampire stories in Turkey are mainly adapted from other languages,” he says.

Although vampire-related stories feature in a range of cultures from Eskimos in the Arctic Circle to the steamy climes of Brazil, much of the Oriental tradition has escaped their clutches. Even “One Thousand and One Nights,” the marvelous book of East, doesn’t mention vampires, says Scognamillo.

“We are the real vampires; we attribute our bad behaviors to vampires,” he says.

The younger generation in Turkey has become fascinated in vampire-related culture especially after the Twilight series, the young-adult vampire-romance novels which sold more than 120 million copies worldwide with translations into at least 38 different languages.

Scognamillo, however, is not a fan: “I didn’t watch the Twilight series because I love vampires; they are poorly treated in the movies,” he sniffs.

But finding vampires in Turkey can be a job which would challenge even Van Helsing: Mehmet Bilal Dede, an Istanbul author of vampire fiction set in the Ottoman Empire says that although there are ogres and bogeymen in Turkish folklore “in our culture vampires are attributed to Western countries and Christianity.”

Mehmet Bilal gives the example of myths about the 15th-century Romanian prince Vlad III – better-known as Vlad the Impaler – who is believed to have inspired the character of Count Dracula after legends accusing him of drinking the blood of defeated Ottoman soldiers.

“It’s believed that he collected the blood in barrels and drank it. That’s the information that led to the birth of the vampire legend,” he says.

The first example of vampire stories in Turkish literature is Ali R?za Seyfi’s 1928 novel titled ‘Kaz?kl? Voyvoda (Impaler Voivode).’ The book was later filmed as Dracula in Istanbul (Drakula Istanbul’da) and is said to be a summary of Bram Stoker’s famous novel.

“Turkish cinema still waiting for its vampire,” says Dede adding that it’s a mystery why the country’s movie industry has not filmed its own homegrown vampire saga despite the undead being a rich source of drama.

Although vampires have great power they are vulnerable to daylight, making it almost impossible for them to have a “real” and “meaningful” relationship with human beings. Dede says this makes them a symbol of loneliness, an “other” figure.

“Instead of transforming old, grotesque and rough vampire stories, today’s stories are written with aesthetic concerns and new approaches. As a result, attention has increased more than ever,” Dede says.

More humane, conscientious vampire characters are taking the place of the old vampire-slaying yarns, he adds.

To find Turkey’s vampires, one has to go back much further than the Twilight movies. A communications lecturer at Istanbul University, Dr. Esra Gulay Er Pasin says: “When we go back in time we can see different examples of vampire beliefs, not in Anatolia, but in different geographies where Turks lived.”

Vampires, having only memory of their biological family, are ideally suited to question human beings’ place in the universe, says Pasin.

“Vampires carry the unbearable weight of unknowing,” she says.

Not all real-life vampires are as colorful as Istanbul’s own Giovanni Scognamillo. In 2013 Turkish media reported the case of a traumatized 23-year-old soldier discovered by doctors to have an addiction to blood. Eventually diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Dissociative Identity Disorder doctors believed him to be the first case of “vampirism” in the country.

As for Istanbul’s resident Count Dracula, Giovanni Scognamillo is planning to open his second exhibition of vampire paintings this year in Beyo?lu.


Date: May 16th | Category: Articles, Dracula, General
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