A modern-day updating of the Dracula legend that finds Steven, an American hero devastated by the death of his girlfriend, wandering through Europe, while looking for happiness. Unfortunately, during his travels, he unwitt... more »ingly happens upon Dracula's castle, with predictable consequences. HORROR/COMEDY« less
Pamela G. (pamgram1) from CHAFFEE, MO Reviewed on 4/9/2009...
Stunt man/actor Peter Horak makes his directorial debut with this campy retelling of the Dracula myth. Count Dracula (Ernest Garcia), when not practicing his violin, enjoys nothing more than terrorizing the residents of a small village in the Eastern European berg Moravia. At least until Steve Hillman (former Bugle Boy model Denny Sachen)--an American student vacationing in Europe to forget the tragic water-skiing death of his girlfriend--comes to town and decides to put an end to the neck biter's nasty deeds. Teaming up with the "fearless" vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing (Bruce Glover), Steve leads a crusade against the Count and his legion of vampire vixens, to results both horrifying and hilarious. (From the Back Cover)
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A B B B Movie!!
J. A Miller | Computer Chair | 06/18/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"An awful attempt at making a modern dracula horror movie. Extremely poor picture and sound quality. The sound is slightly out of sinc with the mouths of the people and it sounds like the mics were bad anyway. It is hilarious to watch anyway! I give it 3 stars because I love B movies and this one will be awsome to show your friends to see their reactions."
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 08/13/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know what movie the other reviewers saw, but it can't be the same one? There are so many editing bloops that it reminds me of Ray Harryhausen's stop motion animation. Bruce Glover (who played one of the gay killers in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER) tries to inject Leslie Nielsen like humor in his inept Dr. Van Helsing, but it just isn't funny. It's all bee done before and much better. Denny Sachen as the studly Stephen has the emotional range of a rutabaga; Kerry Dustin as Carla radiates a quiet sensuality but given the role she plays, it is useless. The rest of the cast, who also have a lot of no talent, merely add bodies. Some of the effects are okay, but again been there done that much better. While the photography is beautiful and captures the atmosphere of Moravia and what-not, this movie is really bad. The three actors who play Dracula have got to be three of the most repulsive looking things I've seen on screen. Good idea, horrible execution."
Quirky, campy and cool
Michael Butts | 03/16/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"You seldom see such lavish, large-scale locations in a micro-budget film. The incredible antiquity of Prague is evident in the opening sequence, and the cinematographer makes better use of the moody settings than "Mission Impossible" did, which was shot at the same place.The opening credits sequence packs the same ghoulish power of the Universal classics, featuring the world's largest crypt of human skeletons...also located in the Czech Republic. A fifteenth century cathedral, two incrediblly ominous castles, and flying coffins create an authentic yet campy vision of the Dracula legend.The cast! Talk about a great-looking leading man and a hot chick girlfriend. They make a memorable bedroom scene both sensuous and totally hilarious as they go for it in the four-poster. And of course the sexy vampire babes, who go after anything male, including psychotic Dracula, innocent hero Steven, and crusty supporting character actor Bruce Glover as Van Helsing.While the Die Hard movies have nothing to fear from this little upstart film, the action level and the stunts are ambitious and impressive, given the obviously low budget, and demonstrate that the director didn't forget his roots. (Peter Horak was listed in the Guiness Book for years as the holder of the world record for jumping a boat. He was also a famous stuntman in the 80's who crashed cars, did high falls and even lit himself on fire.)While I didn't laugh at a lot of the jokes, There are moments that treat the horror film genre with reverence. There are certainly some interesting twists on the Dracula mythology for all you vampire buffs.The special digital effects spice up the acting, and include Dracula morphing into a bat as well as flying through the air, a la Superman. But the most original effect has to be Dracula spewing lightning from his fingertips. This is too real to be computer generated. It looks great and is a very dangerous stunt to do. The producer won't get any Academy Awards for this quaint little gem, but he gets my applause for ambition."
Clever and different
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This film cleverly combines contemporary humor with the revered classic, Dracula. The plot is unique and the locations are great. It is definitely an entertaining, fun movie to watch with those who would appreciate an ingeneous twist on a world-reknown storyline. It is not what it seems to be. In this respect, it is a pleasant surprise."