The most unique aspect of Dracula III is how it unravels like a semi-dystopian adventure. The best part of it is its vampire clowns who are only here to die. The bleak photography creates a homogenous sense of apocalypse. Sadly, almost every other facet, here, is an issue. We find the same choppy slow motion Dracula II had. The score is unimpressive. The dialog is as shallow as the characters.
This film is no better or worse than the previous installment, but it desperately creates continuity where none is needed. It brings back Roy Scheider as disposable Cardinal Siqueros, for instance. Stephen Billington was replaced by Rutger Hauer as a new iteration of count Dracula now called Dracula III. This is a confusing executive move that is visibly meant to justify the movie’s title.
We’ve got a subplot involving human trafficking, another involving Jesus and so many vampire battles we just can’t care. These extreme script detours take away from the fear element this movie needs to be called horror. We get action, weapons and stunts but we have no victims to sympathize with. We aren’t frightened by the monsters and we aren’t impressed by our heroes who just aren’t that cool…