This weekend, André Øvredal’s The Last Voyage of the Demeter cruises into theaters, a feat that carries more weight than you might realize: this is a film that Hollywood’s been trying to get off the ground for literal decades, a project that went through an untold number of filmmakers and permutations before finally finding its director in Øvredal (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Autopsy of Jane Doe).

Based on everything we’ve seen from the film thus far, it appears that Øvredal has hit another homerun. The Last Voyage of the Demeter looks claustrophobic, chilling, and downright ferocious, with its cast of characters taking on one of the most dangerous iterations of Dracula ever to hit the silver screen.

Today, Universal’s dropped a brand-new featurette that reveals a bit of the thinking that went into Dracula’s design. Let’s take a look…

For anyone who’s just joining the Last Voyage of the Demeter party, here’s an official plot synopsis:

“Based on a single chilling chapter from Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula, The Last Voyage of the Demeter tells the terrifying story of the merchant ship Demeter, which was chartered to carry private cargo—fifty unmarked wooden crates—from Carpathia to London.

Strange events befall the doomed crew as they attempt to survive the ocean voyage, stalked each night by a merciless presence onboard the ship. When the Demeter finally arrives off the shores of England, it is a charred, derelict wreck. There is no trace of the crew.

The film stars Corey Hawkins (In the Heights, Straight Outta Compton) as Clemens, a doctor who joins the Demeter crew, Aisling Franciosi (Game of Thrones, The Nightingale) as an unwitting stowaway, Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones, Clash of the Titans) as the ship’s captain and David Dastmalchian (Dune, the Ant-Man franchise) as the Demeter’s first mate.

The film also features Jon Jon Briones (Ratched, American Horror Story), Stefan Kapicic (Deadpool films, Better Call Saul), Nikolai Nikolaeff (Stranger Things, Bruised) and Javier Botet (It films, Mama).”

You can catch The Last Voyage of the Demeter in theaters this weekend … but don’t forget, you can also read all about Øvredal’s film in the latest issue of FANGORIA Magazine, where good ol’ Count Dracula has earned himself a cover. Pick up your copy via the link, and we’ll see you at the multiplex this Friday!

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