Dracula Untold

6.21 h 32 min2014X-RayHDRUHDPG-13
HD. The evil origins of Bram Stoker's legendary vampire are revealed in this horror tale.
Gary Shore
Luke EvansDominic CooperSarah Gadon
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Charles Dance
Mike DeLuca
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madscientistandartistReviewed in the United States on October 16, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dracula Untold is dark fantasy at it's throat-ripping best!
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This movie is a grand example of how one should not trust the reviews and half-assed critiques one will find regarding movies that are all too often pushed aside for common sensationalist pap. Take a chance, and trust in your own instincts regarding films, and you will find that many will suit you just fine, and may in fact, prove to be far better than you ever would have thought. This, my friends, is one of the good ones.

For the fans of the classic legends of vampires, this movie shows that it is possible to bring a new spin to a venerable creature of the night. Even the fans of the "fluffier" style of vampire might enjoy the romantic side of the titular character. But, unlike modern vamps, who are written to avoid the difficulties of daylight, or blood, or silver, Vlad Tepes/Dracul brings us back to those roots and demonstrates how an old school vampire manages 'like a "sir"'.

"Vlad Tepes (Luke Evans) is the Prince of Wallachia /Transylvania. Vlad and his men find a helmet that means an Ottoman scouting party is clearing the way for an invasion force. At Broken Tooth Mountain, Tepes finds a cave littered in bone fragments. Inside the dark depths they are savaged by a fiendishly strong man-like creature, whose speed, sharp teeth and keen red eyes, spell the death of all of Tepes' men, but not without cost. The wounded creature attempts to make Tepes his victim, but halts when sunlight causes his blood to burn and turn to ash on the wind. Vlad returns to his keep, and a monk informs him that a vampire, once a man who bargained with the devil for power, is accursed, and must remain in his rocky prison until he can pass his curse to another through a pact sealed with the vampire's own blood.

Time passes, and Tepes is with his wife and son when a Turkish entourage arrive and see audience. Tepes offers them the customary tributes of silver coins, but the Sultan, named Mehmed, states that a contingent of Turkish men are missing, with the clear indication that Tepes was behind their disappearance. He then demands an additional tribute of 1,000 boys to be trained as soldiers. Tepes refuses the demand, but he knows his army is insufficient to repel the Turks if they should attack, so he asks Mehmed, who has known him since childhood, to show leniency and leave the children be. Mehmed is not swayed by his request and Tepes then offers himself in their stead. The Sultan then demands that Tepes' own son must come also. The boy tells his father that he is ready to join the Sultan's army, but Tepes kills the Sultan's men knowing that his actions will lead to war.

Driven to desperation, Tepes revisits the cave seeking help from the vampire who tells him of the steep price of such a bargain. He holds forth a skull bowl containing a large amount of blackish vampire blood, and informs him that if he is able to resist human blood for three days, the deal will be nullified and he will retain his humanity. But, should he fail, he will inherit the blood curse of vampirism for all eternity and he will be required to render aid to the vampire when he finds his maker and seeks revenge upon him. Knowing that he has no choice if he is to save his people and his family, Tepes agrees and drinks the creature's blood completely. Immediately, he is wracked with pain, and through gritted teeth he asks:

"What happens now?"

The vampire turns away as he says:

"Now, you die."

Drawing from history surrounding the actual Prince of Wallachia, the movie incorporates a heroic view of the main character, just as residents of that area hold now. In this way, the story is a clever blend of romanticism, heroic sacrifice, infamous legend and historic events that is altogether entertaining and enjoyable. It's dark, and moody and the characters are well played. For those with teens and preteens, it's not all that bloody or gore-ridden, depending more on facial reactions and dizzying action to depict violence. There is one sexual situation that is quite tame, and the movie doesn't rely on foul language or crudity to carry the story. From beginning to end, it was a good vampire romp with great actors, great costumes, and dizzying quantities of bats. How cool is that!?

If you are weary of vampires with the Star Trek: Next Gen. sinus-problem makeup to make them look "scary", or vampires that have had all the gritty, bitey fun stripped away, including the fangs, then join me in some classical throat-sucking warfare that you'll really enjoy. The end of the film implies a sequel, which I do hope eventually gets made, and I for one, want more! A lot more! I've honestly had all the wimpy sparkly vamps I can handle for one lifetime.
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DraxReviewed in the United States on November 18, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fave Dracula Movie
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Okay, I know there have been a lot of bad reviews of this movie, and I'm not sure why. Ultimately, this is my favorite Dracula movie, because it's just so dang entertaining.

Does everyone have inexplicably different accents? Yes. Are there cheesey moments of predictable drama? Yes! Is it entirely believable? No! But what the heck are you expecting from a Dracula movie? If you want a story involving Vlad the Impaler and not something from Anne Rice (Seductive, Interview With The Vampire types) or Stephenie Meyer (Twilight's sparkle-filled teen angst-a-thons), watch this. It stands on its own as an imaginative re-telling of the story of Dracula, without heavily relying on racist Romani stereotypes (thank. goodness.) and over-the-top excessive gore just for the sake of gore (I'm looking at you, 30 Days of Night!).

Luke Evans really makes the movie, to the point where he sold his character so well I just forgave everything else. If you go into this expecting to be entertained and not expecting to see a high-strung period piece that takes itself too seriously, you will enjoy the crap out of this film. It has everything: Inappropriate accents, a creepy old dude who has been trapped in a cave, a deal with a demon, Vlad doing some of what he does best - impaling, overly dramatic lightning, cool special effects, sappy couple affection, sarcastic comments, and an inordinate - nay, obscene - amount of bats.
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BethReviewed in the United States on September 16, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent move, story line, casting
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Now this is the side of dracula that makes you cheer for him. A great love story and if the story of the Turks is true than I can see it happening of why he was called Vlad the Impaler. But then none of us lived back then. Most drac movies want to scare the stew out of the audience. This one shows you strength, vulnerability, respect for God and I'd love to see a sequel. Excellent casting, excellent story line. I don't care for scary movies and this one was a man trying to save his family and people. Makes you think, did we over blow the history books about the real dracula?
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Chris MontanaReviewed in the United States on May 24, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Different from most Dracula movies
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As a true admirer of the real Prince Vladislav III Dracula I was very hesitant about watching this movie since it had nothing to do with the real man and was really about the fictional character created by Bram Stoker. True some historical facts were thrown in even if they were inaccurate for the most part. I finally watched the movie and was greatly and pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. It does a descent job in fleshing out some of the backstory on Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula, but has him surviving into the current time whereas in the book he is destroyed by Johnathan Harker and Van Helsing. It is a good and entertains flick.
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Kevin HallReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not 'just another' Vampire Movie
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I was quite surprised by this movie. The CGI is awe provoking and totally smooth, depending greatly upon PhysX coding to generate the most spectacular of these effects. The effects makes the extra expense of 4k UHD well worth it. I reviewed the cut-scenes and think that all but one cut actually made the movie better and more believable.

The movie reviews the factual life of Vlad the Impaler and the desperation of odds that forced him to become one of the most infamous rulers in European history. It is these facts that led to the myth of Dracula the King of Vampires and this movie smoothly progresses from fact to myth, so smoothly in fact that one is hard pressed to separate the two, as it should be.

Something told me to buy the 4k sight unseen and I am glad I listened to the voices in my head on this one. Since this has both 1080P and 4k versions in it, even if you do not have 4k yet, you probably will in a few years so might as get it now so you can amaze your senses when you upgrade.
15 people found this helpful
GlamGirlReviewed in the United States on October 18, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Dracula <3
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I actually didn't watch this film for so long bc of how low the ratings are, but always felt it might be good. I love the Dracula story (and am very upset they cancelled the Dracula series with Jonathon Rhys Meyers) and this wasn't a disappointment. There are plenty of films with a low rating which I actually really enjoyed and I am definitely a film buff.

Luke Evans is so captivating... and very easy on the eyes. Grab a bowl of popcorn, light some candles and enjoy!

I knew about the backstory of the historical figure Vlad the Impaler, so I was actually worried it would be more true to history and therefore boring for me -- but I was very happy to find a beautiful gothic tale, an interpretation of history and a new take on the story of Dracula. It wasn't cheesy at all, which can be when you have poor actors, and I felt the actors were wonderful, beautiful setting too.
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Lauren from OCReviewed in the United States on August 25, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Settle in with your bowl of popcorn and hang on for a fun ride!
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Great movie. So much to see I watched it twice in one day. I was not however looking for a historical adaptation. I was looking for a good movie that would hold my interest, and it did. The acting was very good and I really liked the story. Looked like they left it open for a second movie, which they have not produced.

Hope the producers see how much everyone on Amazon liked it, because I would really like to see a continuation.
Seems many thought it would be a historical version and were disappointed. Perhaps they should have given the movie a different title because I don't think the original reviews did this movie justice.
29 people found this helpful
H. Killough-WaldenReviewed in the United States on March 7, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
The best Dracula movie I’ve seen, and I’ve seen them all
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This movie was so well done, it’s a little bit ridiculous. Is it a historically accurate retelling of the life and times of the son of Dracul? No. But then again, it comes a lot closer than any other Dracula movie I’ve seen. At least it comes closer than any other *highly entertaining* Dracula movie I’ve seen. More importantly, it was a blast to watch. The cast are excellent actors, the story is fast-paced and beautifully filmed, the gore is minimal, some of the dialogue is even genuinely funny, and now I am once more in love with an iconic vampire. I swear, my entire life I have just hopped from one vampire love to another, beginning with the Count von Count of Sesame Street when I was two, transitioning into Saint Germain from Chelsea Quinn Yarborough’s series in grade school, then David from The Lost Boys when I was a preteen (and admittedly still a little now), next pretty much all of my own written vampire heroes through the years of my career as an author, and finishing up nicely (for the time being) with Luke Evans and his beautiful, scary, bad ass self. I love this movie. I really do.
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