Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of warfare, vampire attacks, disturbing images, and some sensuality. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: October 10, 2014 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.
This is Dracula in a new world, or perhaps a new time line like Star Trek. Viad (Luke Evans) has held off the Turkish armies for a decade by paying a tribute in silver to the empire. By doing so he preserves the Christian values in Transylvania but a new challenge comes when the empire not only wants silver, it wants 1000 young boys for their armies.
He makes a deal with The Master Vampire (Charles Dance) in a dark cave which give him strength to defend his land but he must resist taking blood for three days or become a vampire. The chance to save his land and particularly his son and wife drive his motivation and he takes the deal.
With the help of hordes of bats he challenges the monumental armies of the empire and is successful but he must avoid light, and silver, because they diminish his power to do battle and could lead to defeat.
So we see many battles and eventually get to the expected ending which is both good and bad for Vaid. But the potential for an interesting twist on the Dracula legend falls to the special effects mostly of the swarms of bats and the Turkish armies which limit the human interaction of the characters. With many battles we find ourselves fighting to pay attention as we watch this film fail.
Let's face it this Dracula sucks.