Dracula Untold (Gary Shore, 2014) is unlike any other adaptation of the famous title character ever produced. The film focuses on the “untold” origin of Dracula, which links Bram Stoker’s fictional character to it’s inspiration, the historic Vlad “Dracula” or “Vlad the Impaler.” But the even more striking “untold” aspect to this depiction of Dracula (played capably by Luke Evans), is turning him into a sympathetic character. In this film, Dracula is not the evil villainous blood sucker commonally associated with the character. When we think about Dracula, we usually think of Bela Lugosi as this prototype of the evil villianious vampire, with the hooded cape, high widows peak, and those slow spoken lines in a heavy Hungarian accent, these are essentially the characteristics of what we would define as Dracula. Instead he is a Prince, who wears armor, is proficient with a sword, and has a Welsh accent. He has a wife (Sarah Gadon) and a child (Art Parkinson), and only turns to vampirism in order to protect his family and his land from the invasion of the Turks.
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Dracula Untold. Dir. Gary Shore. Perf. Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon.
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