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  • Dracula's Curse is a horror film based on a screenplay by director Leigh Scott. The character of Dracula, of course, was introduced in the novel Dracula (1897) by Irish writer Bram Stoker, but the movie does not draw from the novel. The title of the movie, Dracula's Curse, comes from an alternate title for Stoker's short story, Dracula's Guest (1914), although the movie does not bear any semblance to that story, either. In fact, although Dracula's name is mentioned several times (as Draculea), he appears in only three brief flashbacks. A sequel, Wolvesbayne (2009) was released in 2009.

  • The Nine is the name for an elite vampire hunting team that Jacob Van Helsing (Rhett Giles), great grandson of Abraham Van Helsing, put together to hunt and destroy vampires who persist in feeding from humans. The original Nine were led by Colonel Rufus King (). The other members included four women -- Gracie Johannsen (), Trixie McFly (Rebekah Kochan), Anastasia Ravenwood (Marie Westbrook), and Sadie MacPherson (Sarah Hall) -- and two men -- Rich "Nebraska" Zulkowski (Chriss Anglin), and Jimmy "The Kid" D'Amico (Derek Osedach). The Nine disbanded when vampires and hunters made a pact such that vampires would no longer hunt humans and purebloods and that hunters would no longer kill vampires. When the team is reassembled five years later, it also includes Rick Tattinger (Tom Nagel), who asks to be a part of the team when his girlfriend Christina Lockheart (Erica Kessler) is abducted by Draculea's three vampire brides.

  • Purebloods are the direct descendants of Draculea and one of his vampire brides. Purebloods are not vampires themselves, but their blood provides extreme power to a vampire who drinks it. For this reason, other vampires known as "stalkers" have been hunting purebloods and turning them into vampires in order to dilute their blood so that no vampire clan can become too powerful.

  • Van Helsing uses two 9mm handguns. Colonel Rufus uses an old-school six-bullet field revolver. Gracie uses two submachine guns, one in each hand. Nebraska prefers an AR15 modified assault rifle. Trixie uses a shotgun assault rifle with a stake for a bayonet. Sadie built her own gun, which she describes as "a modified Blackthorne Industries 257, fully-automatic, 50 caliber handgun, nitrogen-cooled to keep it from exploding in my hand. The hardest part was fusing together the nickel alloy barrel to the gas-cooled carbine engine." The Kidd's choice is a shotgun. As Sadie points out to Rick, the guns serve only to slow a vampire down or to create massive blood loss. To destroy the vampire, it must be exposed to direct sunlight, staked through the heart, or decapitated.

  • When Gracie learns that her sister, a pureblood, is missing, she dashes to the bunker where Van Helsing and Rufus are hiding. She demands that the Nine help find her. Rufus knows only that the Stalkers (vampires that hunt purebloods), led by Rafe (Jeff Denton), are turning purebloods again but they don't have Gracie's sister. Rufus concludes that she's being held in Countess Bathorly (Christina Rosenberg)'s lair. Having learned from Alex Devereaux (Sarah Lieving) where Bathorly is hiding, the Nine break in to find both Christina Lockheart and Gracie's sister have been turned into vampires. Rick is forced to kill Christina, and Gracie kills her sister, but bullets don't even slow down the Countess. She's become too powerful. A big fight commences, and Van Helsing is wounded. As he lay dying, Alex decides to turn him. Gracie, now revealed also as a pureblood, offers herself to Bathorly in place of Rufus. In the ending twist, Rufus reveals himself to be Draculea and, through thought-walking, he kills Bathorly. He then explains that he made a deal with the Dark Forces to renounce his identity and live as a man, fighting against vampires, against the plague that he had created. In revealing himself to the others, however, Rufus is returned to his former state and must continue to exist as a vampire.

  • Yes. Leigh Scott plays the vampire character known as "The Old One."


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