October 23, 2012

13 Days of Halloween: DVD Review - Wes Craven Presents: Dracula III: Legacy




Wes Craven Presents: Dracula III: Legacy
Director: Patrick Lussier
Starring: Jason Scott Lee, Jason London, Rutger Hauer, Diane Neal
Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
ASIN: B004P7CNMC
DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
Running Time: 90 minutes
Rated R for Vampire Violence, Language and Nudity


Taking place five years after the dreadful Dracula II: Ascension, Luke (played by Jason London) and Father Uffizi (Jason Scott Lee) find the whereabouts of Dracula (played by Rutger Hauer). The vampire has returned to his castle in Carpathian Mountains and has brought Elizabeth (played by Diane Neal), Luke's girlfriend, with him.

Luke and Father Uffizi travel to Romania, where the people there are in a Civil War, so the cities look like a war zone. They find a reporter and her cameraman that had barely survived a helicopter explosion. They must battle local rebels and vampires to find their way to Dracula's castle, where Luke finds out that Elizabeth is now a creature of the night.

I always thought Dracula 2000 was a lame vampire movie, the direct-to-video sequel was even worse because the writers changed the events from the first movie. Dracula II: Ascension & Wes Craven Presents: Dracula III: Legacy were shot back-to-back, but after the Dracula II rentals bombed, the third movie was shelved for almost two years. Dracula III may be an average vampire flick, but it is the best out of the trilogy. The weak plot is enhanced by a dark and moody atmosphere with several vampire bloody scenes and nudity thrown in. Dracula III: Legacy is not a great horror, but it should entertain most vampire fans.

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