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Dracula Untold (2014)

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As his kingdom is being threatened by the Turks, young prince Vlad Tepes must become a monster feared by his own people in order to obtain the power needed to protect his own family, and the families of his kingdom.

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Gary Shore

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Matt Sazama (screenplay), Burk Sharpless (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Evans ... Vlad
Sarah Gadon ... Mirena
Dominic Cooper ... Mehmed
Art Parkinson ... Ingeras
Charles Dance ... Master Vampire
Diarmaid Murtagh ... Dumitru
Paul Kaye ... Brother Lucian
William Houston ... Cazan
Noah Huntley ... Captain Petru
Ronan Vibert ... Simion
Zach McGowan ... Shkelgim
Ferdinand Kingsley ... Hamza Bey
Joseph Long ... General Omer
Thor Kristjansson ... Bright Eyes
Jakub Gierszal ... Acemi
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Storyline

At the turn of the century, the young lord Vlad and his family live a peaceful life ruling over their small kingdom, but when a Turk warlord demands from Vlad a thousand boys and his son to create an army Vlad seeks a terrible power that will allow him to protect his kingdom and family from the Turks at a terrible cost. Written by Blue_EagleUK

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The Legend Is Born See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of warfare, vampire attacks, disturbing images, and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English | Turkish

Release Date:

10 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dracula Year Zero See more »

Filming Locations:

Northern Ireland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,514,615, 10 October 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$56,280,355

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$217,124,280
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The location of the market at the end: front of the St Andrew Undershaft church, St Mary Axe street, London but there is no market there in real life. See more »

Goofs

The second time Vlad enters the cave, a tarantula can be seen. While creepy, that particular spider is a golden knee tarantula, native of the Chaco region in Argentina, South America. The action takes places in Eastern Europe. See more »

Quotes

Hamza Bey: [in Turkish, to Vlad] It still lives in you, Lord Impaler. Locked in a dark cage, hidden away. But you and I... we both know it's there.
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Good Enough As Long As You Don't Think Of It As A Horror Film
10 December 2014 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

I remember the 1992 version of Dracula by Francis Ford Coppola and thinking that the best part of that version was the anti-heroic Prince Vlad defending Europe against the Ottoman invasion . I do believe there is a market for a historical epic featuring the true life story of Vlad the impaler . This version from 2014 does come close to it in some ways but let's be honest and say no one is going to watch any movie with Dracula in the title unless it features a vampire in the title role and one wonders how many people might have been disappointed by the marketing if not the title alone ?

One group of people who will be bitterly disappointed will be Turks . While the Persians are still recovering from their portrayal in 300 and its sequel the Muslim Turks might have just been lured in to a sense of false security after MIDNIGHT EXPRESS but low and behold along comes DU . The Turks aren't painted in a good light and one wonders if there might be a rather dubious subtext when the Sultan demands a thousand boys for his army ? That said at least Vlad himself isn't a noble traditional type of nationalist hero and the film does show him struggling against internal dilemmas . It's not really an actors type of character driven cinema but Luke Evans is suitably brooding while best performance is Dominic Cooper as Mehmed who doesn't appear on screen often enough here and is probably the film's trump card

DU isn't a masterpiece and again it's very important that you go in to this film with the knowledge it's more of a dark sword and sorcery type tale rather than a horror movie . It wasn't until after I saw it that I found out Universal Pictures might be using it to do a reboot of their monster franchise from the 1930s and 40s which explains the ending that jars with the rest of the movie . Do we genuinely want another reboot series ? As it stands this version of Dracula is more than adequate and maybe we should let Eastern European vampires stay dead


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