Thursday, August 27, 2009
Review: Prince of Darkness: The True Story of Dracula
I mentioned last week that the SyFy channel was doing a vampire movie marathon and I had the opportunity to watch almost 3 movies- of course I wasn't sitting for 6 hours straight but I did manage quite a bit between kids and housework. Each movie had a completely different take on the usual vampire lore, which can be fascinating to dissect. One chose the history backdrop, another used vamps with no fangs, and the third used a genetic anomaly. This week I will give my humble opinion about Prince of Darkness.
Prince of Darkness: The True Story of Dracula (2000) tells the story of Romanian Prince Vlad as he battles the Turks, which are led by his brother, Radu. Vlad is a ruthless noble that allies himself with the King Janos of Hungary to seize the throne of Wallachia. When his wife openly condemns his treatment of the enemy ,she is sent to the nunnery and forced to leave her young son behind. Vlad is eventually excommunicated and killed by Radu. The vampire myth stems from the belief that because he was condemned, his body was able to rise from the grave and move with unearthly power.
The movie uses decent storytelling and vague historical information to explain the man known as Vlad the Impaler/Dracula. The cast included Rudolf Martin (Vlad), Jane March (Lidia), Roger Daltrey (King Janos) and Michael Sutton (Radu). In the end, the movie was more about the Romanian leader, despite numerous historical inaccuracies, and less about vampires.
Have you seen this TV movie and if so, what did you think?