Monsters Are Such Interesting People – Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D

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Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D (2012) I had so many mixed emotions about this, my alltime favorite director (though well past his prime) taking on my alltime favorite character, I couldn’t even review this after I saw it in a theater a year and a half ago, but after a second home viewing in 2D, I’ll give it a shot. A small village is terrorized by Dracula. He takes a beautiful redhead (Miriam Giovanelli) is his vampire bride, then imprisons Jonathan Harker, who came to catalog the Count’s library. When he sees a photo of Harker’s wife, Mina, he decides he must have her too. Mina is staying with Lucy (Asia Argento), who is the Count’s next victim. I liked Dracula’s portrayal from Thomas Kretchmann, and I liked that the Count shifted into may different forms, with the exception of a giant mantis, that had a poor aesthetic. Kretchman, by the way, has the unique distinction of playing Dracula in this, Van Hesling in the NBC V series from last year, and Dr. Frankenstein in a 2004 TV pilot. There was tons of gore and violence, and A+ nudity from Giovanelli and Asia. I thought the filmstock looked a little cheap. It’s nowhere near the quality of any movies that Dario made in his heyday, but it sure isn’t the disaster that most reviewers would have you think it is. I don’t know what is trendier, hating Argento’s newer films, or loving his older ones.

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