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Dracula (2006)

The Romanian count known as Dracula is summoned to London by Arthur Holmwood, a young Lord who is on the verge of being wed. Unknown to Arthur's future bride Lucy, her future husband is ... See full summary »

Director:

Bill Eagles

Writers:

Stewart Harcourt (adaptation), Bram Stoker (novel)
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David Suchet ... Abraham Van Helsing
Marc Warren ... Count Dracula
Dan Stevens ... Lord Arthur Holmwood
Sophia Myles ... Lucy Westenra
Benedick Blythe ... Lord Godalming
James Greene ... Dr. Blore
Tom Burke ... Dr. John Seward
Donald Sumpter ... Alfred Singleton
Stephanie Leonidas ... Mina Murray
Rafe Spall ... Jonathan Harker
Ian Redford ... Hawkins
Tanveer Ghani ... Cotford
Rupert Holliday-Evans ... DI Burton (as Rupert Holliday Evans)
David Glover David Glover ... Stephens
Ian Gain Ian Gain ... Sgt Kirk
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The Romanian count known as Dracula is summoned to London by Arthur Holmwood, a young Lord who is on the verge of being wed. Unknown to Arthur's future bride Lucy, her future husband is infected with syphilis and therefore cannot consummate their future marriage. Arthur has laid his hopes on being cured by the enigmatic count, as it is said that Dracula has extraordinary powers. However, these supernatural powers have sinister origins, since the Count is a vampire. Soon Arthur realizes his serious mistake as all hell breaks loose and the Count infects others with his ancient curse. Fortunately, Dracula has not counted on the young Lord acquiring the assistance of the Dutch Vampire expert. Prof. Abraham Van Helsing. Written by Robert McElwaine

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A chilling new adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic story.

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Drama | Horror

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This is the second movie that Sophia Myles (Lucy) that involves vampires. She played a vampire in "Underworld" (Erika). She also starred in the short-lived television series, "Moonlight" (Beth), with Alex O'Laughlin's character as the vampire. See more »

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[first lines]
Lucy Westenra: My Lord Holmwood.
Lord Holmwood: Lucy.
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Version of Count Dracula (1977) See more »

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Too American in style
12 February 2007 | by cliff-19See all my reviews

First, as others have noted, this has nearly nothing to do with the Bram Stoker novel other than the names of principal characters and the larger plot arc (Dracula moving to London). But I am not bothered by that if they think it in deeper ways.

There are quite a number of VERY clever plot additions that could have been very helpful. One is the religion that Mr. Singleton leads. The book was written at a time when such "spiritualist" groups were popping up all over Europe, which is why the book was so popular. So that part makes sense. But then they turned it into a cartoon-like cross between the Mob and Dungeons and Dragons. Had it been more like the Theosophical Society, they would have had a brilliant turn.

There were strong allusions to the British Empire's global reach, but it was dropped quickly. This could have been at the heart of an ongoing TV series, where Dracula sends out the Undead across the Empire. But no, it was just a throw-away line in the rush to finish within 90 minutes.

I also felt that the sexuality was WAY overdone. Sure, it's there in all vampire tales, and abundantly so in the original. But this made it the prime motive of all actors. Too much.

And finally, the SLAM BAM ending made me ashamed of being an American. Why must our pop culture do so much damage to film-making around the world?


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Release Date:

11 February 2007 (USA) See more »

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