Just when you thought you’d seen every version of the Dracula story, along comes "Argento’s Dracula," a purposely hokey affair where the joke is on the audience. Cheesy horror films are always a welcome relief but this Dracula is confusing, unfunny, and just plain bad.
Originally shot in 3D (and offered here as such on the Blu-ray), famed Italian horror director Dario Argento, along with 3 other screenwriters, mess with the folklore of Dracula. Credit is given to Bram Stoker’s novel in "Argento’s Dracula" yet the tale of the bloodsucking vampire gets turned on its head.
We’re treated to a generic and bland Dracula (Thomas Kretschmann) whose initial appearance provokes neither fear nor intrigue. Dracula has been living amongst the townsfolk of a small village... it’s unclear where, but based on the inconsistent accents of the actors, it could be anywhere in Europe.
The disappointing aspect of this new Dracula is Argento’s lack of stylistic direction. His cheesy special effects (including one horrid scene where Dracula turns into a praying mantis) just distract from an already convoluted screenplay.
Special features on the Blu-ray seem typical: A regular trailer and red-band trailer (touting the film’s numerous shots of heaving female breasts) are better than viewing the actual film. But the behind-the-scenes doesn’t even include director Argento; it involves other people such as editors and is presented in subtitles.
A "Kiss Me Dracula" music video, the sexy disco theme to the film, only adds to the cheese factor that is "Argento’s Dracula."