The Gist: Dracula has been revived in the year 2000 and is prancing around New Orléans, vamping hotties and seeking the daughter of his nemesis, Van Helsing.
Vamp Babes, Hunters & Victims: Gerard Butler (Dracula), Christopher Plummer (Abraham Van Helsing), Jonny Lee Miller (Simon Sheppard), Justine Waddell (Mary Heller-Van Helsing), Colleen Fitzpatrick (Lucy Westerman)
My Take: Every now and then I come across a flick that has been poorly reviewed but I just love it. Dracula 2000 is one of those. A group of stylish and ultra cool thieves busts into the highly guarded vault of Abraham Van Helsing taking with them a coffin that they believe holds many, many treasures. What they find once they open it on an airplane, is a slimey shriveled carcass covered with leeches and wearing a bizarre mask. Surely there is no harm in taking off the mask, it might worth some cash. Or it will awaken Dracula who will tear you and your buddies up, turn you into vampires and crash your airplane in a New Orléans swamp. Coincidentally enough, New Orléans just happens to be the home of Mary Heller-Van Helsing, the daughter of infamous vampire hunter Van Helsing who is still alive by injecting Dracula’s blood taken from those leeches.
Dracula then goes on the hunt for Mary Van Helsing turning her best friend Lucy, yep Lucy, into a vampire. Throw in Nathan Fillion as Mary’s priest and old friend, Jeri Ryan and Jennifer Esposito to round out Dracula’s brides, set it in New Orléans, toss in some killer tunes (wicked soundtrack includes Slayer, Pantera and Monster Magnet) and you have a very cheesy, not so greatly acted but highly entertaining film. Don’t forget to include Jonny Lee Miller as the antique dealer turned protegé vampire hunter who develops an immediate connection with Mary. Spoiler: Did I forget to mention that Dracula is just one of the hundreds of incarnations that the ancient vampire has taken on since being turned and that he was, when mortal, Judas Iscariot and his betrayal of Jesus led to him becoming a vampire? Yeah, there’s that too.
Final Thoughts: Alright, I said I love this movie and I do, regardless of my sarcasm I love the setting, New Orléans how I want to experience you, the music was great and Gerard Butler did well as the deadly handsome and charming Count. Sometimes you just need mindless entertainment that looks and sounds good.