Monday, June 30, 2014


Or, "How I learned to stop worrying and love the Hollywood reboot machine"

I'm of two minds about the prospects of DRACULA UNTOLD. While the world hardly needs another movie about Dracula, the concept driving this "revamp" seems strangely ... honest? Based on early promotional materials, DRACULA UNTOLD appears to know exactly what kind of movie it is, and how it might fit into the grand scheme of things.

After all, the line between vampires and superheroes has become so blurred in the last 20 years as to become almost invisible. And I don't just mean BLADE and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, either. There's so little difference between the TWILIGHT and X-MEN movies that they might as well be part of the same franchise.

So, why not run Dracula through the BATMAN BEGINS re-boot filter and see what happens? Even though this looks like the kind of movie I'm likely to forget about until it pops up in my Netflix queue three years from now, I'm willing to give this the benefit of the doubt. Best case scenario, we get a fun new franchise with an open-ended future. At worst, Satan will have a film to package as a double bill with I, FRANKENSTEIN.

And count yourself fortunate they didn't call this DRACULA RISES, because you know they really, really wanted to.

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