I reached the end…of the first disc. That took way longer than I thought, but at least I’m ending it on a semi-decent movie. Typical vampire flick, except Dracula is hunting down Van Helsing’s daughter because she has his blood or genes. They don’t really explain why he wants her, but I think you’re just supposed to go with it. The first thing I noticed was the cast. There are some pretty big names in this: Gerard Butler, Omar Epps, and Jennifer Esposito. If you grew up in the 90’s like I did, the face that might stick out is Lucy Westerman, played by Colleen Fitzpatrick aka Vitamin C.
Overall, the acting really isn’t that bad. You just have to remember this came out in 2000, and it hasn’t exactly aged all that well. The music is stuff like Linkin Park’s One Step Closer and super old Disturbed. If you can get past that, it’s a decent movie…except for the ending. We learn that Dracula is actually Judas, the dude who betrayed Jesus for a couple pieces of silver. Instead of dying when he tried to hang himself, Jesus cursed him to walk the earth as an unholy being that can’t die. That’s where things get a little weird.
I noticed a lot of horror movies from 2000-2005 do this weird thing where flashbacks look a lot like acid trips, and they seem to have a metal or techno soundtrack. Just when I thought this couldn’t be any more outdated, it manages to outdo itself. For decent acting, a not terrible plot, and nice gore; I give this 3/5. The only real downside is when it was released, and all of the elements that show its age non-stop. Other than that, it would be great for a one-time watch.