Dracula: The Impaler Review
Synopsis:Seven high-school friends begin their Euro-trip at the actual castle of Vlad the Impaler where he supposedly sold his soul to the devil over 500 years earlier, but the decrepit castle's past envelopes them in a bloody ritual.
The Impaler (2013) is an American low budget action horror movie that displayed some of Vlad’s back historical and fictional story and used him as the central plot point. Director Derek Hockenbrough (Foxy Lady TV (2012), Hemingway (2012)) failed from executing this movie to being something extraordinary. When I think of the words “The Impaler,” violence, blood, gruesome battles - Vlad the Impaler/Dracula comes to mind. The Impaler handled the violence weakly and also the suspense. The actors did an average job with their roles making this movie and average watch with everything said.
Dracula: The Impaler started out fantastically giving me the illusion that this was going to be an entertaining ride that I will enjoy immensely. The movie started by showing a man being impaled and is alive after being impaled while another man kneels next to him looking into a fire and saying something that I did not understand. Next we saw, slit throat and blood being drank from a challis. It was no brainer to guess that the dark shadow man is Vlad - I was happy that the movie validated that it was, in fact, Vlad. As I continue watching The Impaler in an excited state of mind, I kept telling myself that maybe the good part will soon come, but painstakingly, it never came. I was in total disbelief when I saw seven high school teenagers consisting of a rich guy with a girlfriend that is only with him for the money, a fat one, a couple that is always stoned and a handsome guy with his girlfriend. Adam (Christian Gehring - The Touchstone (2012), Malice (2012), 3 Days (2011)) is the rich teenager, and he is seen telling his friends about his realistic dream. He told them in his dream; a female told him to bring the circle of seven to Vlad’s’ castle located in Romania.
Everyone eventually agrees to go to Romania, and we see a little of Vlad’s back story from the castle caretaker. Our innocent teenager Dominic (Teo Celigo - Killing Joan (2016), The Gateway Life (2012), Twist of Hate (2012)) who has Romanian heritage started to have strange flashbacks and fainting spells. Dominic thinks that everything that is going on with him has to do with the castle, and there has to be some sort of connection. The movie started to get a little interesting as a few of them go missing and others are trying to leave but it appears they cannot.
For whatever reason the lighting was dark in the movie, it took away from my enjoyment and received a negative mark. I gave this movie a two because I loved every bit of the locations, sets and sceneries. The atmosphere the castle gives off is great for this movie because the creepiness added a little tension but again the lighting was awful. Others might find this movie entertaining as my co-watchers did but it was not something that I will watch again.
About Dracula: The Impaler (2013)
AKA: The Impaler
Runtime: 86 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action
Total Avg. Votes: 10
Writers: Diana Angelson, Daniel Anghelcev, Derek Hockenbrough, Steve Snyder
Director: Derek Hockenbrough