Quickie Horror Review: Dracula Untold

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I appreciate the concept behind Dracula Untold, and I have no problem with revisionist theories or origin stories for much beloved characters provided of course the story fulfills the promise of the current storyline. With an opening that feels an awful lot like Bram Stoker’s Dracula (including that awesome red armor), I’m afraid I grew a bit tired of this one once it decided to stray from Vlad Tepes.  I think I like the “told” part of the Dracula story much more than I like the out-of-canon telling of how the Drac got his fangs back (I say back because it rhymes and is therefore somehow more humorous).  Truth is that this movie is kind of dull after a strong opening with an ending that shows off some iffy CG. I never believe the conversion myth the movie tries to recant even if I think the lead is actually a convincing Count.. I’d watch a movie with him as the fanged one, post Dracula Untold, pre-Stoker. Understand that this is not a bad movie at all. It actually looks great. I think there’s an audience for it, and I would understand fans enjoying this one just as much as disliking it for trying something moderately unique (or really just an extension of history with fictional notes added to preserve the vampire legend). This is a big ol’ Hollywood budget movie and a good looking Blu-ray to boot.

From Universal:

Witness the origin story of one of legend’s most captivating figures in the action-adventure, Dracula Untold. The year is 1462 and Transylvania has enjoyed a prolonged period of peace under the just and fair rule of the battle-weary Vlad III, the prince of Wallachia (Luke Evans, Fast & Furious 6, The Hobbit series).  But when Sultan Mehmed II (Dominic Cooper, Captain America: The First Avenger) demands 1,000 of Wallachia’s boys – including Vlad’s own son – become child soldiers in his army, Vlad must enter into a Faustian bargain to save his family and his people.  He gains the strength of 100 men, the speed of a falling star, and the power to crush his enemies. In exchange, he’s inflicted with an insatiable thirst for human blood that could force him into a life of darkness and destroy all that he holds dear.

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