Film Review Vampires

Review: Dracula Untold

It's an origins story, where we find out how Dracula got his bite and casts Vlad the Impaler as a hero. Yeah, forget about the impaling bit - he only does it because he has to.

Although relatively tame in gore stakes, Dracula Untold’s actually a pretty neat film mainly due to Luke Evans being able to carry it off as the chompy teethed one. It’s an origins story, where we find out how Dracula got his bite and casts Vlad the Impaler as a hero. Yeah, forget about the impaling bit – he only does it because he has to.

Vlad is the Prince of Transylvania,┬átaken hostage by the Ottoman Empire as a child where he was trained to be the Impaler. He returned to his kingdom to rule in peace, but Dominic Cooper’s Ottoman Sultan has beef against him. With a war coming, Vlad seeks the help of a cave-dwelling vampire (Charles Dance, being all Voldemort) to help him defeat the Sultan’s army; he has to drink the vampire’s blood to become all super strong but must resist the overwhelming urge to drink blood himself. If he does, he’ll be turned forever into a vampire. It’s not a spoiler to say, WHOOPS.

The special effects are impressive, especially the use of bat tornadoes. Bat tornadoes are awesome! Untold is pleasantly better than it should be, and has the action and a compelling story to keep interest. Cooper’s Sultan is a little OTT and hammy, but Evans has enough clout in his lead to be a respectable addition to the legend of Dracula.

TOTAL RATING: 6/10

GORE RATING: 1/5

SCARES: 1/5

DISTURBIA: 1/5

Watch it for: Luke Evans – a strong lead

Watch out for: Sunshine. It’s bad for vampires!

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One comment

  1. It’s definitely fitting that Vlad the Impaler becomes Dracula. At first he impaled men on the battlefield, but later he impaled humans with his teeth. One complaint I have with Dracula Untold is it was too short to be a real epic. With a run-time of 92 minutes, there were important parts of the story left “untold.” While they showed the Christian faith of Vlad, they didn’t address Mehmed’s Muslim faith. I wrote a short essay on the film, focusing on the real Mehmed II of history. If you would like to read it, here is the link: https://christopherjohnlindsay.wordpress.com/2016/01/01/dracula-untold-2014/ I am open to any constructive feedback.

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