DRACULA
2000

MOVIE REVIEW
HOME FEO'S STORE REVIEWS INTERVIEWS FEO AMANTE THEATER SCIENCE MOMENT UNFAIR RACIAL CLICHÉ ALERT
Movie reviews

Story reviews

Comic reviews

Music review

Support This Site
When You Buy My Books

E.C. McMullen Jr.
PERPETUAL
BULLET

Perpetual Bullet Paperback "'Some People' ... may be the standout story in the book."
- John Grant, Infinityplus

E.C. McMullen Jr.
WILLOW BLUE

Willow Blue "'Willow Blue' will burrow under your skin and stay there long after you've put the book down."
- Jeffrey Reddick, Creator of
FINAL DESTINATION

IN OTHER BOOKS
E.C. McMullen Jr.'s

short story
CEDO LOOKED LIKE PEOPLE
in the anthology
FEAR THE REAPER
Fear The Reaper "This Ray Bradbury-esque is one of the most memorable and one of the more original stories I've read in a long time."
- Amazon Review

HORROR 201:
The Silver Scream

Horror 201: The Silver Scream Filmmaker's Guidebook
featuring
RAY BRADBURY,
JOHN CARPENTER,
WES CRAVEN,
TOM HOLLAND,
E.C. McMULLEN Jr.,
GEORGE A. ROMERO,
and many more.

Also
IN CINEMA
E.C. McMullen Jr.

Head Production Designer
Mine Games MINE GAMES
(Starring:
JOSEPH CROSS, BRIANA EVIGAN,
ALEX MERAZ)

Dept. head
Special Effects Make-Up
(SFX MUA)
A Sierra Nevada Gunfight A SIERRA NEVADA
GUNFIGHT

(MICHAEL MADSEN & JOHN SAVAGE).

Production Designer
Universal Dead UNIVERSAL DEAD

(DOUG JONES,
D.B. SWEENEY,
GARY GRAHAM)

ART DIRECTOR
The Crusader THE CRUSADER

(COLIN CUNNINGHAM,
GARY GRAHAM)
Movies Eddie McMullen Jr. Review by
E.C. McMullen Jr.
Dracula 2000
SHOULD YOU?
TIP JAR
DRACULA 2000 - 2000 aka DRACULA 2001 (when it was released that year in Europe)
USA Release: Dec. 22, 2000
Wes Craven Films, Carfax Productions Ltd., Neo Art & Logic, Dimension Films
Ratings: USA: R

Have you ever watched a movie and didn't like it. But you have friends who love it and are convinced that, if you only see it again, you'll like it (such things are possible - maybe I was in a bad mood that day/evening I first saw it, who knows?) Then later on, you watch it again and kind of like it. With each subsequent viewing you like it a little more. You never actually love it, it's too flawed, but you learn to appreciate what the film makers were going for.

That's been my relationship over the past seven years with DRACULA 2000. There have been many attempts to update the Dracula mythos for a specific year. The Italian DRACULA 1971 comes to mind. The British DRACULA A.D. 1972 with Christopher Lee is another. And we even go into the future with the South African DRACULA 3000, which is not a sequel to this film.

Long time Wes Craven film editor, Patrick Lussier (THE PROPHECY 3, DRACULA II, DRACULA III, WHITE NOISE 2) took his second shot at directing a film he co-wrote with Joel Soisson (HOLLOWMAN II - he also produced this). With Wes Craven and the Weinstein Brothers as producers, Patrick pulled off what is arguably his best Horror movie ever (I'm arguing that it is his best).

DRACULA 2000 begins with a few trappings of Stoker's DRACULA here and there, more fragments than any linear story. The film makers expect you to know the legend and give a brief recap during the opening credits.

Then we see a building that incorporates both nineteenth century architecture and the very latest 20th Century form. This is the Carfax antiques, run by Matthew Van Helsing (Christopher Plummer: INSIDE MAN). The old man is a collector of antiquities and apparently is very successful at it, though he keeps nearly half of all he collects for his private collection. His two top assistants are Simon Sheppard (Jonny Miller: HACKERS, ÆON FLUX) and Solina (Jennifer Esposito: I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, THE PROPOSAL). Simon appears loyal to a fault, protective even, of his employer. He also has a past with Solina, or at least thinks he did.

Dracula 2000 character poster

One night, some very high tech and well equipped thieves break into Carfax, disable the guards, and flawlessly enter the most well protected most high security areas of the building without effort. The reason it was so easy soon makes itself apparent, but what they are after is not so easily discovered. The thieves, led by Marcus (Omar Epps: SCREAM 2) don't actually know what they are after. The idea was: anything so incredibly and expensively guarded must be worth a fortune.

But Matthew Van Helsing has a direct connection to Bram Stoker's Abraham Van Helsing, and what is contained within the final part of the vaults is something that every Horror fan knows even if the thieves do not. Like an episode of the Columbo Mysteries, the movie has already let us know what's going on. Now we watch as the thieves unravel their inevitable doom.

The remaining thieves make their way to a private plane (well-heeled thieves) with a silver coffin in tow, and are on their way to America. Merry mishaps occur and the plane crashes in the swamps of Louisiana, thus Dracula is introduced into the new world of America. Not for nothing it seems, as the daughter of Van Helsing, Mary (Justine Waddel: THR3E) goes to school in New Orleans.

Yes, of course Dracula was in the silver coffin. This Dracula (Gerard Butler: 300), is not Count Vlad, former ruler of Transylvania. His past goes much farther back.

DRACULA 2000 is aided by great performances of all involved and atmospheric cinematography by Peter Pau (THE BRIDE WITH WHITE HAIR).

Though this is a good movie, it also gets an

!!!UNFAIR RACIAL CLICHÉ ALERT!!!:
To tell you more would spoil the movie for you. Go to the UNFAIR RACIAL CLICHÉ ALERT/ 2000/DRACULA 2000.

What IS the URCA exactly? Go to the UNFAIR RACIAL CLICHÉ ALERT page.

DRACULA 2000 has a few "too clever" and "too cute" moments during scenes which could have pulled off the chills and fear very well if the makers would have only went with that instead of comedic relief (the news crew in the bayou is one example), thus the reason for my initial resistance to this film. But the overwhelming loneliness of Dracula: an immortal born, not bitten, is rarely more acute; presented in hints and clues throughout the film, in many subtle scenes, instead of the usual melodramatic exposition we've come to expect.

Not good enough for high rank, but too good to be ignored, is why I give DRACULA 2000 Three Shriek Girls.

Shriek GirlsShriek GirlsShriek Girls
This review copyright 2007 E.C.McMullen Jr.

Dracula 2000 (2000) on IMDb
HERE WEAR ONE OF MINE

Return to Movies

 

FEO AMANTE'S HORROR THRILLER
Created by:
E.C.MULLEN JR.
COME FOLLOW ME @
Amazon
ECMJr
Feo Blog
IMDb
Stage32
Twitter
YouTube
Zazzle Shop

 

I will take you home...Feo Amante's Horror Home Page, Feo Amante's Horror Thriller, and feoamante.com are owned and
Copyright © 1997 - 2020 by E.C .McMullen Jr.
FAIR USE - PRIVACY POLICY - OWNERSHIP - CONTACT
All images and text belong to E.C. McMullen Jr. unless otherwise noted.
All fiction stories belong to their individual authors.