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The new brides of Dracula are out for blood—and campy fun—in Dracula 2000.
Dracula the Christ killer
Dracula 2000 (2000): Director Patrick Lussier; writer Joel Soission, Lussier; featuring Gerard Butler, Christopher Plummer, Jonny Lee Miller, Justine Waddell, Jeri Ryan
Bringing us into—or at least to the edge of—the twenty-first century, is Dracula 2000.
This film is generally hated by Dracula buffs, mainly because of its last twenty minutes in which the vampire's origins are tied in with the betrayal of Christ by Judas.
It's a clever idea but so wrong, wrong, wrong. Whatever your theory of Dracula's appeal, it has to do with something primal, sensual, pagan—definitely not the Easter story.
But aside from that unfortunate speculation, it's not a bad vampire flick. A young Gerard Butler is a sexy and dashing, if thoroughly evil, incarnation of the undead count, somewhat in the Langella mould.
Instead of being transported by ship to England, as in the Bram Stoker novel, Dracula's coffin is flown to America and the count ends up rampaging in New Orleans.
In the New World, he also acquires—through biting them—three new brides, including a former news reporter played by Jeri Ryan (of Star Trek: Voyager fame). They join him in his ongoing showdown with vampire-slayer Abraham Van Helsing, who is once again on his tail.
Christopher Plummer is a terrific Van Helsing, who has survived to current times due to having been infected by Dracula himself. (Van Helsing periodically injects himself with a counter-agent). Plummer could have surpassed even Cushing as the greatest Van Helsing if given more screen time.
Justine Waddell is spunky as his daughter Mary who becomes Dracula's latest target.
Trailer for Dracula 2000 with Gerard Butler as a complicated villain.
The other actors are mainly TV stars and B-movie actors who seem to be having a lot of fun camping it up as victims and/or servants of the dark master.
Decent plot, dramatic twists...something like a good episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Angel. Well worth a watch, if you're into the genre.
— Eric McMillan