Tuesday, March 5, 2013

365 Days- Day 41

movie: Dracula 2000
starring: Johnny Lee Miller, Gerard Butler
genre: Thriller
year: 2000
format: DVD

plot: Dracula had been captured by Van Helsing in 1897, only to be set free in 2000 by a group of unknowing bank robbers. While having been entombed for over a hundred years, Dracula started to have visions of a woman who he learns is Van Helsing's daughter, and sets out to find her in New Orleans. He learns that the reason Van Helsing is still alive is because he has been transfusing himself with Dracula's blood.

This is one of my favourite modern takes on Dracula. I know there has been literally thousands of Dracula based stories, but there is something about this movie that hits home for me.
This is a Wes Craven film, and it's got  dramatic vampire actor Christopher Plummer (Priest, Red Blooded American Girl, Vampire in Venice, )
This is one of the first vampire movies to try to connect the dots with why certain vampires are affected by crosses and silver. This film gives us a mythos that goes back to the time of Christ, weaving into the back story some real history beyond the usual.
I also really like the idea that since Van Helsing has been stealing Dracula's blood, his daughter is technically a decedent of Dracula himself.  It gives a new spin on the folklore of the dhampir.

what do i think i learned from this film?
There is always two sides to every story, and we have to be willing to listen to both sides no matter how painful.

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