…awful. There, I said it. In the world of horror, it’s almost blasphemy to speak ill on the name of Dario Argento, but there’s one thing a lot of fans can agree on: The man’s output has steadily declined since 1977’s Suspiria, with only a handful of watchable films made since. His recent films, The Card Player and The Mother of Tears are reviled by most of his die hard fans, but his latest project piqued the interest of a lot of people.
When it was announced that Argento would make a Dracula film, in 3D no less, many wondered what the hell he was up to. When he cast Rutger Hauer as Van Helsing, fans were delighted the genre vet would show up, as he always does a wonderful job, no matter how terrible the film. Jonathan Kretschmann will played the fanged title character, and of course Asia Argento is in the film as well. It has the following plot synopsis:
“The tale begins with Jonathan Harker, journeying by train and carriage from England to Count Dracula’s crumbling, remote castle situated in the Carpathian Mountains on the border of Transylvania. The purpose of his mission is to catalogue the big library of Dracula. At first enticed by Dracula’s gracious manner, Harker soon discovers that he has become a prisoner in the castle. He also begins to see disquieting facets of Dracula’s nocturnal life. One night while searching for a way out of the castle, and against Dracula’s strict admonition not to venture outside his room at night, Harker falls under the spell of three wanton female vampires, the Brides of Dracula.”
Sounds like a Hammer Horror film, but these days, that’s a damn good thing to be with the company’s reboot, and after this trailer, well….just look for yourself:
Terrible acting, worse CGI, and a threadbare idea of what the movie is actually about are all highly present in the trailer. The horrendous cinematography, coupled with the terrible CGI and gimmicky use of 3D looks like a mounting disaster, but we’ll see. The film is set to premiere at Cannes, where I’m sure we’ll hear if everyone absolutely hates it.
What do you think? Has Argento lost his touch?