Dracula II: Ascension

An ancient vampire is awakened by a group of medical students.

 

United States
Romania
2003
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Vampire Film
Animals: 
Bat
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Conman
Lycanthropy: 
Werebat
4
You'll need a cure from this...
5.04
4
7.04
7.04
2
3
2
Performances
Editing
Effects
1998’s Blade now makes it ok to mix martial arts and vampire hunting, but it splits the audience between those who want a horror movie and those who want action with gore. Dracula II: Ascension has a prominent scientific procedural that ruins any attempt at mystery. All the answers are spoon-fed. Everyone’s a potential bad guy. We don’t sympathize for characters that are way too busy acting cool.
There is good tension but poor build-up. There are unexpected off-beat jump scares that catch us off guard. Sadly, the movie’s flow is quite often destroyed by cheap editing; choppy slow motions, lazy inserts, bad compositing and pointless flashbacks. This weird mixture glues scenes together and causes chaotic transitions from one event to another.
Dracula II is a sequel to Dracula 2000 in name only, though it marks the return of Patrick Lussier and Joel Soisson, the same creators. There are vague similarities between the two films but no returning character. We’re not even dealing with the same Dracula, which is downright confusing for anyone caring about continuity. This is an average vampire film that your memory will selectively erase.
Alternate Titles: 
Dracula 2000 Part 2
Wes Craven Presents Dracula II: Ascension
Dracula II
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