It feels like Dario Argento’s Dracula has been lingering around for an age, and it probably has. It feels like years ago that we first talked about Argento directing his own version of the Dracula story, and the 3D aspect (in Argento’s hands) excited me a lot.
However, much as I adore Argento’s work, he hasn’t really delivered since 2001’s Sleepless. The Card Player, Do You Like Hitchcock, Mother of Tears and Giallo were not up there with the directors best, or even average work (although, for some strange reason I actually enjoyed Giallo), so I am a little worried about Dracula.
Saying that though, it is an Argento film, and like most horror fans, we owe the director of some of the best horror films ever made a duty, a duty to support his work whatever the quality, and this means that yes, like it or not, I am excited about Dracula simply because it is an Argento film. It certainly won’t be no Suspiria or Inferno, but it is good to know the Italian Lord of Horror is still around.
Dracula 3D features Asia Argento as Lucy, Thomas Kretschmann as Dracula, Marta Gastini as Mina, and Rutger Hauer as Van Helsing. Miguel Angel Silvestre and Miriam Giovanelli also star.
A young librarian, Jonathan Harker, is welcomed at Castle Dracula by the Count and a young woman named Tania, who seems intent on seducing Harker. The Count prevents Tania from biting the young man, but Dracula attacks Harker himself, leaving the him weak. Harker attempts to escape the castle, but is killed by a wolf. Harker’s wife, Mina, arrives in the village and stays at the home of her friend, Lucy Kisslinger. Worried about her husband, she visits the castle, and falls under the spell of the Count. It transpires that Dracula has engineered their meeting, because Mina is the reincarnation of his long-lost love, Dolinger. Lucy also becomes undead before the mysterious happenings in the village attract the attention of vampire expert Van Helsing, who prepares for final combat with his deadliest foe