A story about this — 6 years ago
This has been so slated, but it’s really not that bad! I remember seeing it ages ago, and rather enjoying it, so in the new must-drool-at-Gerry-Butler phase, I paid the princely sum of 99p for a copy on eBay. And while I can see why it wasn’t a hit – the whole piece is a bit rushed, for instance – it’s nowhere near as terrible as is made out.
The best bet – Butler’s sultry posing aside ;) – is the ‘explanation’ for the Dracula myth. As they guy says in the featurette, “Why did no one think of this before? It fits perfectly!”. That’s what stuck in my head, and that more than the rest of the film made me enjoy this.
On the downside… well, the rest of it, I suppose. The acting isn’t great – it’s interesting seeing the unknown GB in such a prominent role, but Christopher Plummer isn’t on top form, and the girlies of the piece all rather suck. Haha. I appreciate the camp humour, but at times it was a bit too much. Or just lame – “Don’t mess with an antiques dealer!”… urm, right. Johnny Lee Miller’s character just has no meat, although he’s not as bad as Mary, Dracula’s obsession: she could have been such a great strong character, but just wasn’t.
More whining than not, but it was fun, it told a good story, and it had several elements I’d love to have seen done more justice.