I’ve been doing my Fangs God It’s Friday for a while now, but I’ve held off on highlighting one vampire in particular. While I’ve mentioned one of his brides and a few of the guys who’ve hunted him, Dracula has remained hidden on my blog… until now.
Yes, it’s time to highlight the most infamous bloodsucker of them all. No other vamp has fanged as many ladies and enjoyed more re-imaginings in every form of entertainment. Heck! The first episode in season five of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer even established that ol’ Vlad owes Spike eleven pounds.
I could spend an entire year going through all the various versions of Dracula out there, but for this first one, I’ve decided to go against what you might expect and go for one of the most recent versions.
Luke Evans took on the role of Vlad in 2014’s Dracula Untold. As good as the film looked in the trailers, I won’t lie that I harbored a lot of doubts about this film. More than one movie has tried to paint Dracula as this sympathetic monster, and all too often, the attempt fails. He’s meant to be a monster, so this notion of showing how he allowed himself to become a vampire to save his people didn’t ring true for me… until I saw the movie, which I loved. Evans owned this part by letting us see Dracula for the vicious warrior he was in life and in undeath.
Perhaps another reason this film gets away with painting Vlad Tepes as a fallen hero is that the film doesn’t give us any of the Bram Stoker story. A lot of the films that tackle Stoker’s novel just muddy a good story by trying to make Dracula something he’s not. Since we don’t get any of Dracula’s run-in with the Harkers, Van Helsing, and London (not exactly), I found this film worked. The movie ends with the promise of another go at Stoker’s story, though, and that’s where I still question how well this version of Dracula will work. It might help that we’re given an even more evil vampire in the form of Charles Dance, but that’s a character best saved for another Friday.