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Dark Prince: The True Story of Dracula (2000)

A warlord must fight a bloody battle in order to regain his kingdom.


Joe Chappelle


Thomas Baum (as Tom Baum)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rudolf Martin ... Vlad Dracula the Impaler
Jane March ... Lidia
Christopher Brand Christopher Brand ... Bruno
Peter Weller ... Father Stefan
Roger Daltrey ... King Janos
Michael Sutton ... Radu
Razvan Vasilescu ... Aron
Radu Amzulescu Radu Amzulescu ... Inquisitor
Maia Morgenstern ... Woman at Fountain
Claudiu Bleont ... Sultan Mohamed
Claudiu Trandafir ... Prince Karl
Dan Bordeianu Dan Bordeianu ... Vlad III - Age 18
Victor Ungureanu Victor Ungureanu ... Vlad III - Age 8
Dan Badarau Dan Badarau ... Vlad Dracula's Father
Sebastian Lupea Sebastian Lupea ... Teen Vlad Dracula


In hopes of avenging his father's death as well as of liberating the kingdom from Turkish annexation, Vlad III Dracula, renowned as Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), raises an army and sets a bloody revolution ablaze that hastily sweep throughout the land. As war rages on, he becomes all the more murderous and sadistic, growing particularly fond of impaling his victims and publicly display their bodies by hanging them alongside walls and from trees. In response, the Church spreads rumors about him, saying that he, apart from being a cold-blooded killer, is, amongst other things, a blood-sucking vampire. But neither does the rumors hardly concern him nor do they weaken his aim to settle a score with his traitorous brother Radu, who, despite that Vlad rescues his peoples from oppression, sides with the enemy.

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More vicious than the myth. See more »

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Rudolf Martin (Vlad Tepes) previously played the vampire Count Dracula, who was based on Vlad, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy vs. Dracula (2000). That episode aired on September 26, 2000, less than a month before the broadcast of this TV film. See more »


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Written by Bernard Solomon (as J. Baird) and Frank Gari (as F. Gari)
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Good interpretation of the history of Vlad Dracula
26 March 2005 | by croatiansensation29See all my reviews

I have always been fascinated by the history of Vlad Dracula, and am glad that someone finally decided to make a film of this fascinating man. Low budget or not, this film is a great interpretation of the history of the legend.

Not your typical Dracula film, this film tells the story of the real Dracula, who inspired the story by Bram Stoker. It shows his birth, to his reign as prince of Romania, to his death. Some of the scenes are based on fact, others, I'm sure, were written just for the film. I have quite a few historical books about the man, and yes, the atrocities shown in this movie, were in fact done by the man.

The film was filmed in Romania and Hungary, so that does add to the realism of the story. The film is low budget, but even so, the sword fights had excellent choreography, and the special effects were above par for the budget. The only drawback for me was the length. Only 90 minutes.

All in all, this movie is worth a rental by both historical buffs, and horror fans. Hopefully someone will make a big screen version of this story one day. It sure does deserve one.

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Release Date:

31 October 2000 (USA) See more »

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