21 thoughts on “Dracula (2020) Doesn’t Entirely Suck

  1. Ruthven is a cryptic reference to another vampire story, John Polidori’s “The Vampire.”Polidori was one of the Byron-Shelley crowd in Italy that fateful time when “Frankenstein” was born. I’ll probably give the new “Dracula” a look, but I’m not expecting much. I originally read the book when I was 10, and have been hooked on stories of the undead ever since.

  2. I’ve already avoided this – despite my husband attempting to persuade me to watch it with him. I think it is the images of Dracula’s cliché costume and hair which initially made me cringe (bad Halloween ahoy!) and then I heard him speak in the trailer… eeekkk! I suppose I’m a tad too much of a purist when it comes to the novel, I’m afraid – also I’m terrified of what they’ve done to my favourite character Lucy – If she is not styled beautifully 1890’s then I’ll swiftly lose interest. Huge thanks for the amazing review… a lot of it confirmed my worst fears.

  3. I quite enjoyed the first episode. The second one I felt had inconsistent tone and pacing, but I felt like it was regaining momentum towards the end. The last episode was not enjoyable to me.

    Some of the changes they made were great (van Helsing), but some felt like they were trying too hard and stretching too much (like how Dracula ended up being defeated in the end). I don’t regret watching it, but I probably won’t again.

  4. I loved Sister Agatha in the first episode, I kept waiting for her to reveal that her surname was Van Helsing. This may have happened in the 2nd and 3rd episodes, but I wasn’t sufficiently interested to watch further………..even for Sister Agatha

  5. I hated it. The first episode was the best, intermittently amusing, but also a bit annoying. The second was boring. I fell asleep. I watched 10 minutes of the third. There was nothing new there, and it was all so superficial, too clever-clever without any real depth.
    Stick to the new version of Christmas Carol, which wasn’t perfect either, but much better than this dreck.

  6. This was hilarious! The count was even more over-the-top tongue-in-cheek than Tony Hopkins’ Van Helsing in the Gary Oldman version. “you’re a monster” “and you’re a lawyer, nobody’s perfect” LMAO! And groovy Sister Agatha…”God doesn’t care”. There have certainly been worse remakes of Dracula (hello, Marc Warren), but even with standard costuming, this one ranks up there with being the funniest.

  7. I’ll give it a pass. My favourite Dracula was Frank Langella.

    Also if Hollywood wants to do vampire movies, why not opt Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s Count St Germain series?

  8. Saw that godawful habit for what is supposed to happen in the Transylvania region of ROMANIA and gave a costuming Thumbs-Down. Because Romania is Eastern Orthodox and the schema of Orthodox nuns is markedly different from the Roman Catholic Church’s habits.

    1. It’s also kind of weird because all the Orthodox (and, for that matter, Eastern Catholic) nuns/religious I’m familiar with wear pretty much all black, with interesting, kind of boxy veils, that I think would be pretty brilliant in a vampire story. (I also don’t recognize the habit they did use, which of course is neither here nor there given the broad variety, but I kind of feel that there wasn’t as much variety in the 1890s, either…)

      I saw some article and M&G apparently had kind of a running joke in the writers room about an atheist nun, and then turned her into Van Helsing, who’s Dutch (also a mainly non-Catholic country, but Van Helsing seems to be Catholic). I haven’t seen it but I have an impression that no modern adaptation really wants to get that into the religious aspects, so I’m not surprised they had a Dutch Catholic atheist vampire-hunting nun in Orthodox Romania after all that. But since I’m guessing few people would know the difference anyway, they could’ve had an Orthodox habit and been a bit more likely, and it would’ve looked cool.

  9. The third episode killed it for me. I found the first two likable / interesting takes, but lost all interest when it came forward into modern times and forced myself to finish it. If I ever re-watch it, the story ends 3 minutes before the end of episode two. :P

    Langella’s still MY Dracula. ;)

  10. Well, it’s Moffat, so…. if there’s a character history, he’s going to crap on it and then grind the crap in with his heel ’til the character’s turned into complete shite.
    He’s not learned the adage “You don’t have to be different to be good; being good is different enough.”
    I’ll be skipping.

  11. Thanks for this. I had it in my Netflix queue as a “maybe” but now that I know more, I’ll pass. I’m still a fan of the Louis Jourdan DRACULA from 1977, though the Frank Langella (1979) version warmed up my blood..

  12. Oh, boy….so much to say…. I HATED the first episode. Then the next night I thought, “Well, I guess I’ll watch the second episode…” And then I fell in love with it.” As several people have mentioned, the series is uneven, and the final episode is the weakest. That said, it won me over enough to agree with Trystan that “Dracula (2020) Doesn’t Entirely Suck.” For those of you on the fence about whether or not to watch it, I’ll say this.

    In order to enjoy this version, you will have to let go of your expectations and open your mind. They took Stoker’s novel, which I really enjoy, put it in a blender and came up with their own special flavor.
    Claes Bang is wonderful as Dracula. He is not YOUR Dracula. (For example, MY Dracula is Gary Oldman.) He puts his own spin on the character, and it works for THIS version. Also, he looks GORGEOUS in all the costumes (even the cheesy ones–see Trystan’s pic above).
    SPOILER: The third episode stumbles, but not mainly because of the time jump. They introduced Jack Seward, Lucy Westenra, Quincey in the 21st -century, in the last half of the third act. We just didn’t have enough time and character development to be invested in them. In the novel, we get to know these characters throughout the story. But in episode 3, they are little-more than obligatory cameos to enact the writer’s plot twists. Also, separated from Mina, Harker, and Arthur Holmwood (who are left in the 19th-century timeline), these characters just aren’t as interesting.
    The ending didn’t have the pay off that they were going for, but not because the actors dropped the ball. Like point #3, they spent too much time “talking” about what would lead to Dracula’s demise. They didn’t really work up the psychological underpinnings of the choice they made.

    But still, “Dracula (2020) Doesn’t Entirely Suck.”

  13. I should have known better when I saw it was by Stephen Moffat. The first episode made me think the show was going to be about Sister Agatha being awesome, then she ends up roofied for the whole second ep, then the rest of the series is, yet again, about Moffat’s White Male Protagonist and how he’s a smug super-genius and so much cooler than everyone. So tiresome. I couldn’t finish the third ep.

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