Dracula Untold (2014) Movie Review

Dracula Untold (2014)

2014 | PG-13 | Horror, Drama, Action, Fantasy, War
92 minutes /

User Score: 58/100

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Dracula Untold Review


As his kingdom is being threatened by the Turks, young prince Vlad Tepes must become a monster feared by his own people in order to obtain the power needed to protect his own family, and the families of his kingdom.

Dracula Untold (2014) is a dark action fantasy drama movie that I will see again. Director Gary Shore did a fabulous job executing his first movie. I am looking forward to seeing more movies from Gary, who has unlimited potential. 2014 has many new directors that are excelling the work of directors with vast experience. Dracula untold contains massive violence, gore, one scene of sexual content, vampires, Dracula, torture and an awesome time ahead for those who watch this movie. I love how the movie begins by having the son of Vlad the Impaler introducing us to the history of Dracula. Vlad the Impaler’s son told the story of how and why Dracula came to be who he is. The movie is intense and will hold your interest/attention until the very end.

Boys were trained from about the age of ten to become soldiers with no morals or obligation to anyone except their leader/Sultan in the middle ages in Turkey. One of those little warriors trained was Vlad (Luke Evans - Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Immortals (2011), The Raven (2012)) who later is referred as the Impaler. He was known as the impaler because he would stake/impale his victims with wooden stakes. Some time after, Vlad became the prince of Transylvania after escaping from the life of being a soldier to Turkey. Vlad and his men discovered their enemies helmet one day and pursued a search that led them to a hidden cave on the side of a mountain. They found a master vampire who ultimately killed all of Vlad’s men and drove Vlad away. Vlad and his people were celebrating Easter with a feast when the Turkish army arrived unannounced. The Turkish Sultan demanded Vlad to give him 1000 males who are age 15 and over. The Sultan told Vlad that the boys will be trained by them and used in the Turkish army. Vlad refuses, and the Sultan now wants Vlad’s son too, but Vlad declines and so we have war. Vlad sacrificed a lot to protect his people and watch the movie to see what I mean. Above was just the first few minutes of the movie so there will be no more spoilers from me. Watch the movie - you will not be disappointed.

The screenplay was excellent as well as the execution of this movie. The cinematography, light, camera action, sets, sound, acting and everything about the movie was marvelous. I have not seen a good movie like this in a long time and look forward to seeing it again when it is out on Blu-ray/DVD or VOD. I actually guessed what was about to happen when Vlad was sitting on his son’s bed talking to him about what his Vlad’s father had done to Vlad¬†in order to save his community/people. That part was foreseen, but everything else was a suspense. The elder vampire¬†says "Let the games begin" at the end, I hope this is leading up to the Universal monster universe that Universal Studios has been putting together.

About Dracula Untold 2014

Title: Dracula Untold
Original Title: Dracula Year Zero
Year: 2014
Runtime: 92 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Drama, Action, Fantasy, War
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.85/5 stars from 50 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 50
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Charles Dance, Luke Evans, Nick Donald, Jd Roth-round, Frank Cannon, Dominic Cooper, Laurence Doherty, Lasco Atkins, Noah Huntley, Dominic Borrelli, Ronan Vibert, Norman Coates, Sarah Gadon, Paul Kaye, Bobby Marno, Jakub Gierszal, John Warman, Craig Goult, Zach McGowan, Bomber Hurley-Smith, Glen Barry, Orlaith Shore, Felicity McKee, Hunter Stratton Boland, Art Parkinson, Micheal Fay, Cole Currin, Graham Cave, Maria Laird, Jesse Morris
Writers: Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless, Bram Stoker
Director: Gary Shore

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