Anthologies of Terror 2018

This book includes 70 horror anthology film reviews. The movies are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each film is established by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting and quality.

Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, pertinent moods, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

Dracula 2000

A group of thieves searching for antiquities mistakenly awaken an ancient vampire.

 

United States
2000
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Festivity: 
Mardi Gras
Animals: 
Bat
Wolf
Insects: 
Leech
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Lycanthropy: 
Werewolf
Werebat
Psychics: 
Illusionist
Hypnotist
Telekinetic
5.04
New blood!
6
4
7.04
7.04
2
3
2
Performances
Editing
Pace
By "2000", the title implies a modern, possibly futuristic update on the Dracula legend. Gadgets, hackers and bad-ass grave diggers set the table for a post Scream version of what a vampire movie should be. Dracula 2000 is glamorous, presents good looking men and a trio of beautiful women; some strong, some vulnerable. It introduces a script far too familiar yet directed in a unique way.
It has its slow moments, its cliches and some redundancy. The multiple flashbacks are absolutely annoying and the religious angle awkward. Some will call it superficial; more positive viewers will call it sexy. The story, after all, takes place during Mardi Gras. We get cleavage, partial and full nudity; not something we’d expect from such a polished product featuring well accomplished artists.
With its random techno score, its poorly choreographed fight scenes, its gratuitous special effects and its endless product placement, Dracula 2000 is immature but can still be appreciated for what it is; a vampire flick meant for one generation of teenagers who want to watch young actors turning into flirtatious, dangerous beasts. This isn’t exactly a memorable movie but it’s time well spent.
Alternate Titles: 
Wes Craven Presents Dracula 2000
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