Score: 4 Out Of 10
Normally I am always happy to see an updated version of an old classic, but this time I was left pretty underwhelmed. "Dario Argento's Dracula (2012)" was directed by Dario Argento (obviously) and stars Thomas Kretschmann, Marta Gastini and Asia Argento. If you are not familiar with the classic Dracula story... then get your shit together. It was published well over a hundred years ago, it was really good and there is no excuse for being that far behind. The only difference between the classic story and this movie is that all the action stays in Transylvania instead of moving to London and a subplot where it is revealed that Dracula may have some sort of businessmen arrangements with the local towns people (there are some other little changes and one some of the original characters go missing, but for the most part...). The changes to the story are not bad ones. They are sensible and serve the plot well. I know it is popular to bash a movie for straying to far from the source material, but if good changes are made than i find it completely acceptable. Not that that it is the case here, but there are just some things that do not translated well from print media to film.
No, my beef here is that even with all the sex and violence the movie is just boring overall. There are way too many moments where I was either rolling my eyes or just waiting for something interesting to happen. On top of that, there were so many scenes with terrible looking CGI effects. I mean Sy-Fy-channel-original bad. I get that they want things that Dracula fans have not seen before but these things should not come at the expense of the film's quality. Do yourself a favor, look for a film called "Blood For Dracula (1974)." It is an old school Italian gore flick that is way more entertaining.
The B-Movie Guy.
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