Steve Hutchison reviews 50 of the best demon movies. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?
Though we understand this is not actually the case, the film claims to be a forgotten print of one of Bram Stoker’s Dracula’s first screen adaptations. The intention of the makers is to stick as close as possible to the original Gothic horror novel, as if unaffected by the current Zeitgeist. That is at least the film’s pretention and, on many aspects, it meets its self-imposed challenges.
The film doesn’t exclusively rely on a now rhetorical procedural, but purposely lingers on dialogue and exposition to craft drama; never humor. As such, and as the novel did, it meets the requirements of a slow burn. This is a simple story with a minimalist approach. The hindrances of indie cinema weigh on the ambiance, but we get sumptuous exterior and interior shots of an ominous castle.
What it lacks in quality, acute accents and lighting setup it redeems itself for by stripping away a legend of all its glitter and resetting the switch of bloodsucker trends. This is the stylized but unpolished afterlife of Dracula as perceived by nit pickers and therefore the stuff of nostalgic spectators. It is first and foremost interested in telling a story the old way.