Dracula (2020): Season 1 – A Review

Hey guys!
This year Netflix in collaboration with the BBC graced us with the uptenth adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Let’s see how the latest take on the familar story turned out!

The Plot:

This version of Dracula details his exploits through the ages. Right up until today…

The Rating:

Okay. Well, this was interesting. Dracula consists of three episodes, all of them movie-length.

The first episode which focuses on Jonathan Harker’s experiences was transfixing and interesting. I was immediately hooked and curious for the rest.

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TV Show Spotlight: Penny Dreadful

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I finally got around to checking out Penny Dreadful which had been sitting on my list forever! Was it worth my excitement?

What is it about?

Victorian England is threatened by supernatural forces. So the medium Vanessa Ives, scientist Victor Frankenstein, explorer Sir Malcolm Murray and the American Ethan Chandler band together to keep those forces at bay…

Should you check it out?

Most definitely!
I watched all three season during one weekend. It’s hell of a gothic Victorian ride and you won’t be able to stop watching.

Penny Dreadful is a dark and enticing mixture of just about every famous piece of literature set during that time. Frankenstein, Dracula, Dorian Grey, just to name a few, will keep you entertained.

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Movie Mania: Dracula Untold

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It’s time for another review. Today we’ll look into Dracula Untold, the 2014 take on the story of the Transylvanian prince. Let’s see how it turned out!

 

The Plot:
In short: Dracula Untold focuses not on the bloodsucking vampire but on the man Dracula was before. We find out how he finally became one of the most iconic creatures of horror literature and film…

 

The Rating:
I had pretty high hopes for this one as the trailer seemed very promising.
But, boy, this turned out to be so crappy. First of all, I don’t even know what it is supposed to be. It’s not really dark enough to be a horror film. Then it’s also too sentimental to work as action flick. And for a historical epic it’s too glamorized. Within the first couple of minutes you can already tell that the movie makers tried hard to create a hybrid of some sort but definitely failed the attempt. Continue reading

Movie Mania: Bram Stoker’s Dracula

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It’s time for a movie review! Today I’ll write about a topic that has been adapted quite a few times already. One of those adaptations is Bram Stoker’s Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola in 1992. Let’s see whether this version is any good!

 

The Plot:
It’s 1897. The solicitor Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to meet with one of new clients, the rather weird Count Dracula. However, Harker soon realises that there is something very wrong, while his fiance Mina has an interesting encounter back in England.
Dark powers are at work here and only few know how to battle this kind of evil…

 

The Rating:
I’ve seen my share of Dracula adaptations ranging from the classic Nosferatu to Wes Craven’s modern take on the story. This version is certainly one of the better takes on the story.
The cast is chosen very well, except for one role. While Winona Ryder, Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins excel in their roles, Keanu Reeves simply does not work as Jonathan Harker. During the whole movie he just doesn’t seen to fit in. He’s most certainly no match to Gary Oldman, his performance seems rather weak and becomes even more pale in the scenes Reeves shares with Oldman. Continue reading