First, and unbelievable true that Dracula Reborn (2015) is not the worst of the worst, the column of DOA already proven that fact time and time again, nor is it the most atrocious vampire flick, that goes to Sorority House Vampires (1998) however, this pitiful movie begs for a stake in the heart. One must note this is not the only horror film with this title, another movie came out 2012 and often has the poster art replacing this one, over the mere confusion, as the title contains Dracula: Reborn directed by Patrick McManus with a movie ranked at 3.4/10 compared to this wretched creation at a 1.9/10. Face it, there are many Dracula movies which suck, and not counting the adult horror where sucking a prerequisite, herein the disaster to the name and reputation made famous by Lee, Lugosi, Oldman, and others, turned ashen dust by the likes of this mess.
Penned by Attila Luca is an independent filmmaker, who got his movie released by MTI Home Video, brings a very lackluster twist to the famous story of page, screen and legend, which makes the 102-minute running time feels heavy and long winded just after 10-miuntes of watching. By the 30-minute mark one wishes for a flight to Hawaii and a screaming child the entire way for more excitement, just knowing you must endure more than 60-minutes of dull images. Luca, debuts his first feature after a series short films, though had some prior experience in the camera department on House of the Dead (2003) and Scary Movie.
What happens is a weird rendition of Interview with the Vampire (1994) of three journalists, who are each a tad batty for unlocking the truths beyond a cult of vampires and Dracula himself. They travel from Vancouver to Paris and Transylvania to investigate and decipher clues more bizarrely than National Treasure (2004) at various locations including a crowded library, looking at books on Bran Castle (Dracula Castle) and a picture of Vlad the Impaler – wow fascinating. Spoiler alert: They all disappear, one by one, some from cinema altogether, as it was their only film ever, including one of the which stars as a lead vampire. Dracula and his group treated as celebrities in the media, always a positive manner while linked to numerous murders and hideous crimes – Gotcha!
Sadly, as you can summarize Luca delivers a cheap version, all locations wasted, and the usage CGI blood splatter instead practical, missing attention to all the important details. One must omit either technical glitches or strange jump cuts (leaning to the latter one) and one-dimensional characters with poor dialogue, the audience needs to find someone to root for, horror audiences won’t mind the villain, we champion for Jason, Freddy and Michael constantly. The comical castle scene at the end of the film a vampire superimposed on a flat field, leading to famed Bran Castle (choose a better angle next time), while the Corvin Castle still has more of an imposing position and Vlad actually stayed there longer.
A quick note on the vampires, especially Corvinus (Yves Carlevaris) same name from the Underworld: Evolution (2006) mythology, one that he appears a poor homage to Nosferatu (1979) and he’s really in love with his cape, the last time I saw that love affair, in the anthology move The House That Dripped Blood’s The Cloak story. In addition, vampires usually have superhuman strengths whether with their mind, eyes, and strength herein the main vampire at the end of the movie seems to struggle to carry off one of the victims.
Dracula Reborn lacks on many levels of entertainment, leave it unearthed, best yet refrain yourself from ever watching it. This movie lies at the depths of the DOA column, which you’ll notice the shortest review to date, why, because it’s simply a waste of time to watch, dreadful all-round production, heed my warning.
Note, the lack of pictures – equals nothing to see here, to damage your eyesight.
IMDb Rating: 1.9/10
DOA Rating: 1.7/10