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I went and saw Universal Pictures' Dracula Untold last weekend, and not only was I extremely disappointed in the story and script, but their portrayal of Dracula was absurd. Dracula is a badass character, he's suppose to be a very scary dude, and even the real life person that he's based on, Vlad, is just as terrifying, maybe even more so! That is a man that should be feared. Unfortunately, the people who made Dracula Untold removed all of that from this character. They made him a soft heroic person that absolutely does not strike fear in the hearts of men. Dracula is supposed to be a villain. The furthest they should take him away from that would be to make him an anti-hero, but they didn't even play with that notion. I will say that Luke Evans played the part fantastically! It was just the way that the »
- Joey Paur
Concept Art by Frame Store Concept Art by Maciej Kuciara Concept Art by Mauro Borrelli Concept Art by Jason Horley Now Playing! Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6, Immortals) stars in Dracula Untold, the origin story of the man who became Dracula. Gary Shore directs and Michael De Luca produces the epic action-adventure that co-stars Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Diarmaid Murtagh and Samantha Barks. Starring: Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Diarmaid Murtagh, Dominic Cooper, Samantha Barks Directed By Gary Shore * Screenplay By Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless »
There’s a lot of limited releases coming out this year. This week, specialty film distributor “Twilight Time” is dropping a bunch of rare titles. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights for September 14, 2014:
The Blob. United States. Screen Archives Entertainment Exclusive /Limited Edition to 5000. Twilight Time. 1988.
Remake of the 1958 horror sci-fi about a deadly blob which is the spawn of a secret government germ warfare project which consumes everyone in its path. Teenagers try in vain to warn the townsfolk, who refuse to take them seriously, while government agents try to cover up the evidence and confine the creature. (Source)
In Victorian London, figures such as explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, enigmatic medium Vanessa Ives, and others combat supernatural forces. Murray is searching for his adult daughter, now a vampire, »
- Sarah Skidmore
Unlike in the film Dracula Untold (2014) and several other attempts at fusing the historical Dracula with the fictional one Vlad The Impaler Dracula was neither a bloodsucker nor a hero of his country. But he certainly was a fiend. Despite patronizing both the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches legends of his evil were already forming even before his death. Indeed his mere six year rule of the principality of Wallachia between 1456 and 1462 is remembered as a time of terror ... and as the principle inflictor of terror Vlad was justly immortalized during his reign with the descriptor impaler »
Sometimes cinema’s depiction of vampires feels stuck in the Victorian era, with a dangerously seductive Dracula-type awakening equally dangerous sexual desire in his exclusively female victims. (Twilight, despite Stephenie Meyer’s admittance that she’s never read Bram Stoker’s original novel, still easily fits the mold.) A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a challenge to […] »
- Martin Jensen
Reviews were decidedly weak for Universal's "Dracula Untold" this past weekend. A strange hybrid that bears no real relation to author Bram Stoker's character, the film opted for an action fantasy spin on real life 15th century Romanian ruler Vlad III who himself partly inspired Stoker's creation.
Yet it also serves as the opening salvo in something more ambitious, Universal's proposed on screen team-up of its classic monsters range. In essence, Luke Evans' Vlad Tepes/Dracula is this supernatural cinematic universe's equivalent of Tony Stark/Iron Man - albeit with a lot less snark and a lot more brooding.
Audiences, especially in global markets, checked it out "Dracula Untold" as the film opened to a so-so $23 million domestically and a more impressive $62 million internationally. 'Untold' was a costly venture though, and eyes will be following its box-office closely in coming weeks to see whether audiences are interested in either a potential monster mash-up, »
- Garth Franklin
” Is this your wife? What a lovely throat!”
There’s nothing better than silent films accompanied by live music and I’d go as far as saying there’s nothing better than silent films accompanied by the Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra. And I’ll go even farther by saying that there’s nothing better than the 1922 silent spooker Nosferatu accompanied by the Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra which is an event that will be taking place Friday night, October 24th at The St. Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Dr, St Louis, Mo 63110 – Forest Park) beginning at 8pm.
Admission Is Free !!!
I’ve seen Nosferatu with live music before and have even shown a 25-minute cut of the film at my monthly Super-8 Movie Madness show with live keyboard accompaniment (by the talented Linda Gurney), but seeing the full-length version one week before Halloween on the big screen »
- Tom Stockman
According to a recent report from Screenrant, Dracula Untold movie director ,Gary Shore, recently hit up the New York Comic Con event, and revealed some new,possible plot spoilers for a sequel should Universal and Legendary Pictures green light one. At the moment, there has not been an official sequel announcement. However, should it happen, Gary revealed that he would like to see the storyline explore time periods between the 1460s and modern day, and more. Gary told the press folks: "Personally, if I was to approach it again, I’d love to be able to explore something in between 1460s and modern day. There’s loads of history within Europe that you could just do something that we haven’t seen with a Dracula film. Dracula Untold doesn’t limit the scope or the possibilities of where you could go with the Dracula story, because it’s just over »
In a time full of excellent Television programming, it would be quite easy to get engulfed in the flames of Hannibal, True Detective and various other top notch shows, and accidentally fail to catch another show completely filled to the brim with excellent writing, acting and some of the most gorgeous set pieces around. Luckily, thanks to technology, DVD and Bluray allows us, the silly souls who missed out on the greatness that was season one of the John Logan/Sam Mendes Showtime show, Penny Dreadful, the chance to rectify that mistake, and hell yes, missing what was in my opinion one of the impressive debut seasons of a new TV shows, was just that: one large mistake.
Right now, the idea of “reinventing” classic, beloved characters is in somewhat of a boom or craze, and for every well written fresh new take on a character we love (i.e-Hannibal »
- Jerry Smith
Chicago – For moviegoers, each new film is a chance to escape, feel, fear, cry, be thrilled or laugh. Filmmakers and actors want you to experience this range of emotions, but producers and investors care most about the film making money. That’s why Hollywood is scared of truly original stories. Originality is an unknown without a built-in fan base.
To minimize their risk and inspire confidence in a return on investment, most new films these days are based on a best-selling book (or a series), a beloved comic book or a remake of an already famous character from the past. Original films like “Juno” and “Once” happen once in a blue moon. They take a huge viral following to break free and impress at the box office.
Going into a short feature-length film like “Dracula Untold,” which is only 92 minutes, you already know it’s following a safety formula. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Sharpen your fangs, readers, it's time for another Poster-Crop Quiz. This week, we're adding our own chapters to the "untold" story of Dracula. Well, the cinematic story of Dracula that is. Over the years, so many actors have played Bram Stoker's vampire extraordinaire, and we've picked 10 of those performers as the subject of today's quiz. We've gathered posters for 10 films, each of which feature an actor who has donned the notorious cape. See if you can identify the posters from their cropped remains, and leave your guesses in the comment section below. Bonus points if you can also name the actor from that movie who has played Dracula. The first person to correctly guess all the posters will receive a shout-out in next week's quiz. It's...
- Brian Salisbury
Directed by Gary Shore, Dracula Untold dares to give a humanizing backstory for one of the most infamous literay monsters. Working from a script penned by Mark Sazama and Burk Sharpless, Shore helms a movie that blends a sinister gothic tale with comic book blockbuster sensibilities. Starring Luke Evans in the titular role, formerly known as Vlad Tepes, Dracula Untold shows a loving father attempting to do battle with supernatural forces while trying – and failing – to keep them from corrupting his own person.
'Dracula Untold' Reviewed
Dracula Untold has been more or less panned by film critics. While they largely agree that the visuals the film provides are impressive, the substance is sorely lacking. The movie is blasted for how it went about giving Dracula an impetus for his actions, »
Oh, what Marvel Studios hath wrought! In 2012 their movie universe was brought together with Marvel’S The Avengers which became the number three top grossing film of all time. Leading up to that flick and in the follow-ups, characters like Nick Fury and the Black Widow bounced about from franchise to franchise along with countless dialogue references. Well, the studios that had already licensed Marvel characters are attempting the same kind of “synergy”. At Sony, Spider-Man will have spin-offs with supporting characters and even villains, like Venom and the Sinister Six. There’s even talk of the X-Men bumping into the Fantastic Four over at Fox. Finally Warners, with their DC comics’ icons, has followed Marvel’s lead by pitting Superman and Batman in 2016, setting a foundation for their own hero team, the Justice League. Now, how will Universal Studios have a shared movie universe? Since a comic book company »
- Jim Batts
Surprisingly effective, the latest iteration of the Dracula legacy seeks to rebuild vampire-movie mythology by going back to the beginning. First published in 1897, Bram Stoker's novel inspired F.W. Murnau's unofficial adaptation Nosferatu in 1922, which then sparked a series of stage plays, one of which served as the more direct source for Tod Browning's Dracula in 1931. That movie entranced moviegoers with a startling vision of an elegant, bloodsucking vampire, following in the footsteps of earlier horror productions from Universal Studios. Though it plays somewhat flat and dry today, it established characters -- and character traits -- that Universal copied in subsequent editions, establishing a fair portion of the monster movie mythology that it is now seeking to reboot. Serving as a prologue --...
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For a movie with the title "Dracula Untold", it's a story that's painfully vague. We all know Bram Stoker’s classic monster. Some may know that the character was loosely based on Prince Vlad the Impaler. Director Gary Shore and screenwriters Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless seemed content to keep it at that with a bit of an emphasis on Drac's family and then mostly relying of CGI bats. The film plays like a treatment rather than a real script. It's lean to the point of being anemic as Vlad's transformation into Dracula doesn't feel tragic but rather a slog towards the inevitable peppered with lame action and stock characters. Dracula Untold proves some stories aren't worth telling. In 1442, the Turkish Empire stole young boys to fight in their army. Among them was Vlad, a young man who was so good at killing that he became known as "The Impaler »
- Matt Goldberg
It's sad to see Universal marketing Dracula Untold as some sort of continuation of their classic monster series, which began with Lon Chaney back in the early '20s and saw Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi take over in the '30s, with Lugosi playing what may be the most iconic version of Dracula to date. To suggest this glossy, all over the place prequel to Bram Stoker's tale is in any way comparable to the now-considered classics is to have your head buried in the sand. Certainly the non-discerning young audience this film targets may find it somewhat entertaining, but if you're looking for any semblance of logical storytelling and/or narrative intrigue you've come to the wrong place. All begins as you'd expect, with a lengthy monologue telling us it's the "year of our Lord 1462", which, I have to ask, does adding "of our Lord" add anything »
- Brad Brevet
In Dracula Untold Universal Studios attempts a compelling prequel to the story of one of the most iconic monsters in horror the one whose dramatization became the first success of the studio in 1931 (Dracula). Yet instead of sticking to the dark lore of the counts romantic beginnings as laid out by Bram Stoker they fuse the fictional past of Dracula with the historical one of Vlad the Impaler but for good measure also add in some Batman and Lord of the Rings. »
Luke Evans is finishing his run as Bard the Bowman in this year's "The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies," the third entry in that series, and he is definitely interested in being an integral part of another franchise. He has a chance at that with this week's "Dracula Untold." Directed by Gary Shore, this new tale of the world's most famous vampire is an origin story, with Evans starring as the Transylvanian Prince, Vlad III. Taking place in the 15th Century, the movie offers the story of how Vlad, (in this version) a kind and just ruler with a questionable past winds up becoming the monster we know as Dracula. Evans spent a few minutes with us earlier this week to talk about the movie and whether he'll ever wear fangs again. Short answer, he hopes to. "I'd love to go wherever he's going to go," Evans said. "Let's »
- Josh Lasser
"His subjects called him prince, I called him father, but the world would come to know him as Dracula." So begins Dracula Untold, the dark, action-adventure origin story for Bram Stoker's famous blood-sucking monster that depicts the trials of historical figure Vlad of Wallachia, a 13th-century prince who purportedly used dark forces to protect his kingdom from the Turks. "I play the man who inspired Bram Stoker, four hundred years later, to write the Dracula novel," Luke Evans told The Hollywood Reporter at the film's premiere, held at the AMC Loews in New York City's
- Laura Entis
Who said being an actor is all glitz and glamour? It’s also 5am wake-up calls, hours in a make-up chair, rehearsing fight choreography for months, and running around in dirt in front of a blue screen while wearing heavy armour…at least that’s the case if you are Luke Evans in Dracula Untold.
The Hobbit actor takes us to the Belfast set of the Dracula origin story in one of the five featurettes that give us a behind-the-scenes look at filming his upcoming horror film. The movie takes a look at who Dracula was before he became, well, Dracula.
Before the fangs, there was a Transylvanian prince and family man named Vlad. You might know him better by his nickname- The Impaler- which he earned after mounting the heads of the invading Ottoman army onto pikes. The real-life Vlad served as the inspiration for Dracula author Bram Stoker »
- Rachel West
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