Review by Steve Rhodes|
1 star out of 4
Even if WES CRAVEN PRESENTS DRACULA 2000 -- what a modest title -- features
the undead, the movie itself is completely and utterly dead. Without a
scintilla of new ideas, it rehashes the Dracula legend. You know the drill.
The guy is a woman's man, who prowls at night and gets a major heartburn
when silver stakes are thrust into his chest. His love bites are quite
messy, spurting blood everywhere. Once bitten, however, the victim joins
his little club and goes off to put hickeys on other necks. About the only
variation in DRACULA 2000 is that chopping off the head of a vampire is said
to work just as well as the old stake-in-the-heart routine. Then again,
maybe this has always been a lesser know rule of devamping.
The film, scripted by Joel Soisson and directed by Patrick Lussier, features
a group of B-list actors and B-list actor wannabes. Only Christopher
Plummer (THE SOUND OF MUSIC), who phones in his performance, gives the movie
anything even approaching credibility.
Any movie pretentious enough to include the year of the millennium in its
title should be smart enough to include a fair amount of self-deprecating
humor, as did GODZILLA 2000. DRACULA 2000, however, with its buckets of
fake blood, still takes itself completely seriously. Neither a comedy nor a
horror picture, DRACULA 2000 plays more like a bad industrial video for
vampire exterminators. It is certainly about as much fun as an
instructional video, which is to say, no fun whatsoever.
If there is anything worth laughing at in the story it is the stunning level
of stupidity of the characters. If you came upon a locked tomb decorated by
skulls, would you want to crack open the coffin inside to see what it
contained? Solina (Jennifer Esposito) does. After all, she reasons, "If
it's worth locking up, it's worth taking." Here is something worth taking.
Take my advice. Don't come anywhere near this comatose picture. But if you
think that this genre is hopeless, rent a copy of Larry Fessenden's HABIT.
Now, that is a fascinating vampire film with some real imagination.
WES CRAVEN PRESENTS DRACULA 2000 runs a very long 2:07. It is rated R for
violence/gore, language and some sexuality and would be acceptable for older
Copyright © 2001 Steve Rhodes