Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Movies: Dario Argento's Dracula 3D

Whilst reading through an on-set insight into upcoming gothic horror 'Dracula 3D', it occurred to me that I hadn't actually written anything about it being in production yet. So...for those of you that don't know, Dario Argento is currently working on a retelling of 'Dracula', in 3D! 

Current scheduled release dates:
Hungary - 2012
Italy - 2012

(More to come I'm sure)

Lead Cast:
Dracula - Thomas Kretschmann
Abraham Van Helsing - Rutger Hauer
Lucy Westenra - Asia Argento
Mina Murray - Marta Gastini
Johnathan Harker - Unax Ugalde

For the aforementioned on-set article, head over to Shock Till You Drop to read Alan Jones' excellent account. It will give you a lot more information than I possibly could!

Whilst I'm intrigued to see what use they make of the stereoscopic 3D technology, to be honest, it's more the combination of Argento and the Dracula legend that makes this project so appealing to me. Although some of his works haven't been stunning, during his career Argento has created some amazing films, which more than make up for the others. 

In addition to that, there's the issue of the multitude of 2D versions of 'Dracula' preceding this film. Really though, there are very few vampire storylines that you can't attribute to another source (a game, a novel, a play, another movie etc.) and, in my opinion, it's better to just acknowledge that you're re-doing something and try to make it in a fresh way rather than try to pretend otherwise. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what the finished picture is like though.


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