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Ivan Milborrow (written by)
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Release Date:
9 August 2004 (USA) See more »
In space, the sun never rises.
Count Dracula terrorizes the crew of a spaceship. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Darrell Roodt  (as Darrell James Roodt)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ivan Milborrow  written by
Darrell Roodt  written by

Produced by
John P. Adams .... line producer
James Atherton .... co-producer
Jan Fantl .... co-executive producer
Frank Hübner .... producer
Brad Krevoy .... producer
David Lancaster .... producer
Julia Verdin .... associate producer
Jörg Westerkamp .... co-producer
David Wicht .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Hoenig 
Cinematography by
Giulio Biccari 
Film Editing by
Avril Beukes 
Ronelle Loots 
Casting by
Julia Verdin 
Production Design by
Jonathan Hely-Hutchinson 
Art Direction by
Tiaan van Tonder 
Costume Design by
Wolfgang Ender 
Makeup Department
Isabella Acerbi .... makeup assistant
Sabine Palfi .... makeup artist
Marnette Rossouw .... hair stylist
Clinton Smith .... contact lens effects consultant
Clinton Smith .... prosthetic lab technician
Production Management
Alan Balladur .... post-production supervisor
Moira Brophy .... post-production supervisor
Reinhild Gräber .... production supervisor: ApolloProMedia
Rudolf Kurz .... production supervisor: ApolloProMedia
Leanne Rabinowitz .... post-production supervisor
Derek Raeburn .... unit manager
Kai Schürmann .... production supervisor: ApolloProMedia
Daphne Williams .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Taryn Collister .... second assistant director
Zirk Ferreira .... third assistant director
Tony Galetti .... first assistant director
Art Department
Martie de Lange .... art department assistant
Andrew Delport .... set dresser
Andrea Hull .... art department assistant
Inka Kendzia .... graphics
Guy Potgieter .... property master
Clinton Smith .... mold maker
Surisa Surisa .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Julie Anderson .... foley artist
Ian Arrow .... sound mixer
Ben Brazier .... foley recordist
Kevin Brazier .... supervising sound editor
Robert Brazier .... assistant sound effects editor
John Fewell .... foley artist
Mathew Knights .... sound re-recording mixer
James Martiz .... boom operator
Chris Roberts .... supervising dialogue & adr editor
James Seddon .... dolby consultant
Louise Sinclair .... assistant sound effects editor
Anna Sulley .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Dennis Beechey .... prosthetics
Rob Carlisle .... prosthetics
Kevin Carter .... special effects contact lenses
Roly Jansen .... special effects
Tyrell Kemlo .... special effects technician
Wally Langer .... prosthetics
Cordell McQueen .... special effects coordinator
Clinton Smith .... prosthetics
Visual Effects by
Cassiano Prado .... digital effects artist
Dermot Brogan .... stunt rigger
Kerry Gregg .... stunt coordinator
Francois Grobbelaar .... stunt rigger
Francois Grobbelaar .... stunts
John Smith .... stunt double
Franz Spilhaus .... key stunt rigger
Franz Spilhaus .... stunt rigger
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Browne .... gaffer
Norman Carstens .... sparks
Jimmy Umba Di Umba .... video operator
Richard Dobson .... still photographer
Filipa Domingues .... clapper loader
Sarel Eloff .... focus puller
Ken Hodgson .... best boy grip
Mark Horne .... sparks
Dylan McDonnell .... sparks
J.P. Ridgeway .... key grip (as JP Ridgway)
Pierre Rumbelow .... assistant grip
Eugene Wynne .... best boy spark
Casting Department
Bill Kravitz .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joanne Walter .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Trevor Brown .... telecine colorist
Rika Camizianos .... assembly editor
Rika Camizianos .... first assistant editor
Dan Preston .... assistant on-line editor
Jamie Shemeld .... on-line editor
Rob Wickings .... digital negative timer
Transportation Department
Juliette Bendix .... driver
Schalk Bloem .... driver
Marcos Ledesma .... driver
Tshepiso Selo .... driver
Caroline Smith .... driver
Other crew
Hugh Barret .... controller: Film Afrika (as Hugh Barrett)
Thomas Becker .... legal affairs: ApolloProMedia
Belina Bruins .... production accountant
Billi Bruins .... production accountant
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Jonathan Degueldre .... production coordinator
Nick Derrien .... production assistant
Liesl Ernst .... accountant: Film Afrika
Thorsten Felscher .... financial advisor: ApolloProMedia
Francisco Gonzalez .... international sales: MPCA (as Francisco J. González)
Valerie Legrain-Doussau .... business affairs: Film Afrika
Nodumo Mesana .... office assistant
Pieka Moolman .... production secretary
Mark L. Ott .... additional footage
Iain Patton .... production assistant
Sean Pringle .... unit paramedic
Donovan Roberts-Baxter .... production assistant (as Donnovan Roberts-Baxter)
Kim Robinson .... script supervisor
Lindsay Rosen .... caterer
James Smal .... accounting assistant
Clinton Smith .... creature performer
Pete Smith .... armorer
Ollie Steele .... armorer
Ronnie Weber .... unit assistant
David Wilson .... unit publicist
Karri O'Reilly .... special thanks

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Rated R for violence, language including sexual references, and some drug use
USA:86 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Mina Murry, Arthur Holmwood, and Abraham Van Helsing are all names of characters from novel Dracula.See more »
Plot holes: The crew aims the ship toward the suns so the light can kill the vampires, yet the ship has no known windows or portholes.See more »
187:I want to watch my anaconda spit all over your snow white ass.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Nosferatu (1922)See more »


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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Dracula Must Be Rolling Over In His Grave..., 24 March 2005
Author: kasserine from United States

A space ship cruising through the galaxy encounters a mysterious cargo ship apparently adrift in space. The crew investigates, hoping to lay claim to its cargo and acquire the ship. However, once aboard the ominous vessel, their own ship mysteriously disengages, leaving them to fend for themselves and battle none other then Count Dracula or Orloff as this creature calls himself.

Not a bad start. I mean it follows any number of typical sci-fi/horror plots. The genres have been around enough that even the most original story will inevitably invoke comparison to some other film. But, when you start with a fairly typical horror convention, the legend of Dracula and vampires in general, and combine it with a fairly typical sci-fi convention, a crew happening upon something and becoming marooned to battle whatever they're forced to confront, the filmmakers better have some clever up their sleeve to imprint their own mark on the familiar genre staples.

Director Darrell Roodt, who also wrote Dracula 3000 with Ivan Milborrow, is primarily responsible for this utter failure. So, no, Roodt and Milborrow have nothing up their sleeves but their arms.

This film begins ominously enough, with a very poorly delivered voice over by Caspar Van Dien, essentially providing enough exposition to explain who the crew on his ship are. I should also point out that Van Dien's character is named Van Helsing. And, oh so very cleverly, this Orloff character is from planet Transylvania in the Carpathian System. No kidding. I mean, come on guys, we get it. And, again, don't be goofy and use such names unless you got something special in store.

So, after Van Helsing's introduction of the crew, we have, essentially, a film about this crew trapped in a space ship with a vampire lurking about.

I'm a very forgiving viewer when it comes to low budget films. Occasionally, they can be brilliant, see Raimi's first two Evil Dead films. Dracula 3000 had a decent budget, enough for some decent special effects and for the salaries of 3rd stringers like, Van Dien, Erika Eleniak, Coolio, etc. However, unlike, the EVIL DEAD flicks, there is no talent behind the camera. In front of the camera, the talent is marginal, but I'm going to give the actors some benefit of the doubt. It really seems like they don't know what to do. The best actor of the bunch, Alexandra Kamp-Groenveld, gets killed off quickly and the ever-enjoyable Udo Kier is reduced to being an exposition vehicle for the viewer as the deceased captain we hear and see via a video journal. Grant Swandby is also okay as the Professor, but it's hard to take seriously a scientist in the year 3000 who wears glasses and rides a wheel chair. And, yes, it's a WHEEL chair as in there is nothing futuristic about it. As for the rest of the actors, well…….I'm sure Coolio really tried to be scary after getting turned into a vampire, but, well, I don't think irritating qualifies as scary in most people's book. Tiny Lister and Erika Eleniak don't really provide much either. Lister is never really more then the IL' big brawny black stereotype. Eleniak actually appears unhappy throughout the film and never tries very hard. Eleniak is a pretty girl, even in her mid thirties, but looks a little worn out and uninterested for the movie's duration.

This brings us to Count Dracula/Orloff played by Langley Kirkwood. To be honest, I can't recall who exactly the vampire is supposed to be. He introduces himself as Orloff but at some point he acknowledges himself as Count Dracula as well. Go figure. In any case, you will be absolutely astounded by just how lame this vampire is. Have you ever scene those cheesy horror show hosts local networks would have on their creature feature time slots? Yes, it's that bad. Langley Kirkwood, the actor playing Orlock, must have found it almost impossible to concentrate in such a ridiculous outfit. I'm sure he's still getting hassled by his friends.

There isn't much to the plot. The vampire is the last of it's kind and wants to go to Earth, for some reason, and also, there is some lip service about wanting to defeat Caspar Van Dien's character, Van Helsing. Most of the crew get turned into vampires, including Van Helsing, and the crew use conventional machine guns and pistols to try and defeat them before they figure out the old stake in the heart routine. Yeah, that's right, bullets, and yes, the year 3000. Keeping in that baffling vein, one of the main areas the crew hole themselves up in while battling the vampires, or vampire, since there is really never more then one threatening them, is filled with old Soviet posters and insignia and such. What the? There are also references to God/religion being antiquated systems. But these references only confused me. Did the Soviet Union make a comeback? Is there some point Roodt and Milborrow want to make with this? It never really goes anywhere, seems dumb and the posters, etc. just look cheap.

On the positive side, the film is competently shot and edited. The cinematography is nothing spectacular, but it's clearly done by professionals and, I had no problem with the special effects. The ships look like ships in outer space. Although, as I write this, I recall how god awful the corpse of the captain looks when the crew discover him. What were they thinking? Why didn't someone say something? See how difficult it is to say something positive about this film without falling back on the negatives? I guess, ultimately, that's the thing. Whatever positives you try and grant this sci-fi/horror debacle, you become overwhelmed by it's lack of quality.

Poor Udo Kier.

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