“DRACULA UNTOLD” Official Trailer: From Monster to Antihero to Superhero?News Samuel Zimmerman
Conceived as an origin story for the legendary monster and most iconic vampire of all, DRACULA UNTOLD has developed into a tale of sacrifice by the prince who would become Dracula. The first trailer for the film previews such a story, one of loss and battle and tragedy, but as the poster did before it, also evokes modern blockbusters and superheroics in its Gothic process.
Ed. Note: You may have seen this post earlier in the week, when the trailer unofficially leaked. The official release is here and the clip can now be seen by everyone.
What looks an undeniably stylish feature debut for Gary Shore (see his previous ad work here), there’s no shortage of flashes that may give more hardened horror fans pause. In the film, Luke Evans plays the Transylvanian prince who risks eternal damnation to save his family from certain death. But for all of the Mignola-esque climb to meet his monstrous maker, there’s the entirely hokey fist-to-the-ground controlling of bats, as well as his transformation to a storm of Bats, which reads far more superhero than supernatural.
To be fair, we’re still yet to see what might be the film’s most exciting aspect: Samantha Barks as Russian folklore witch Baba Yaga.
DRACULA UNTOLD is in theaters October 17, 2014. [iTunes]