Vampire Movie Review
Movie Review by: Patti, KY, USA
A favorite vampire movie is "Dracula 2000". The reason this vampire movie is so liked is its amazing intricate plot and storylines. Here is my attempt to share the story with you in as much researched detail as possible. I am sure you will end up seeing why Dracula 2000 is one of the best vampire movies for me.
In the millennium version of this classic horror, we find Abraham who has tangled with count Dracula in the past.
Simon is a vampire hunter. In the early 21st century London, antiques dealer Matthew Van Helsing, the alleged descendant of the famed 19th century Dutch medical doctor Abraham. on whom everyone believed that Irish novelist Abraham "Bram" Stoker had based his character of the same name in his novel Dracula, has a brief conversation with his apprentice, Simon Sheppard (Miller), before heading home.
As soon as the shop, Carfax Abbey, has closed, his secretary, Solina (Esposito) lets in a group of thieves. They infiltrate the shop's underground high-security vault, but instead of finding treasure, they find a sealed silver coffin, protected by lethal booby traps.
Though some of the thieves are killed, Solina and her boyfriend Marcus (Omar Epps) insist that whatever is in the coffin must be worth stealing, so they escape the vault with it and load it on their getaway plane to New Orleans. Investigating a church where the thieves' bodies have been temporarily brought, Van Helsing is menaced when the "corpses" rise up, now vampires.
In Dracula 2000, Van Helsing is ready for them, and kills several, but is almost killed himself before Simon arrives and helps them escape. As they flee, Van Helsing tells Simon the truth: he is in fact the real Abraham Van Helsing who defeated Dracula in 1897 with the help of other vampire hunters.
Unable to destroy the vampire permanently, Van Helsing has kept Dracula's body hidden in London and taken over the vampire's Carfax Abbey estate since then, prolonging his life with regular injections of Dracula's blood drawn from Dracula's body by leeches (which somehow "filters" the blood and prevents Van Helsing from developing vampirism), and hiding his true identity as his own descendants.
As if that wasn't enough, abandoned his medical practices and setting up an antiquity business, Van Helsing uses his business connections to learn more about vampires as well as Dracula's past in the hope to finding a way to truly killing him through his research.
As Dracula 2000 continues, his research only led him to learn that Dracula is the first of his kind, and unknown reasons, hates God, Jesus of Nazareth and anything associated with Christianity, and silver.
He also tells Simon of his daughter, Mary, whom he lost after his wife fled England with her after discovering the truth of his past along with his horrific mission against Dracula.
Since Mary was conceived after Van Helsing began his injections, she also shares blood (and apparently, a telepathic link) with Dracula, which her parents are painfully aware of her supernatural tie with him. Van Helsing is aware that Dracula senses Mary's existence ever since she was conceived, which is why he is in New Orleans because he is seeking her.
Trying to reach Mary before Dracula does, they are only partly successful: Simon spirits Mary out of her apartment, but not before Dracula has seduced and "turned" Lucy. Van Helsing is cornered in the apartment and killed by Dracula and his three new "brides": Solina, Lucy, and Valerie.
Through Simon and her father's journals, Mary learns of her family's history with Dracula, the reason of her parents' separation, and why she is Dracula's primary target. While hiding from the vampire lord, Mary and Simon began to develop a close friendship after reminiscing of their relationships with Abraham Van Helsing. Before the end of the night, Dracula succeeds in capturing Mary, planning to make her a full vampire. Her first victim is to be Simon.
As Dracula and his brides prepare Mary for her "initiation," Mary observes Dracula and realizes his true identity: he was originally Judas Iscariot, cursed to walk the earth as an immortal for his betrayal of Jesus of Nazareth, being denied admission to both Heaven and Hell. See, I told you the Dracula 2000 movie is full of intricate storylines.
By faking loyalty to Dracula, Mary is able to distract the Vampires for a crucial second, allowing her to free Simon, and together they battle and kill the vampires. During the fight, Mary hangs Dracula from a rooftop with an electrical cable with the cross on top, echoing the means of his earlier death, apparently killing him.
Dracula, for some unknown reason, restores Mary of her humanity before he is overwhelmed by sunlight. Simon and Mary return to London with Dracula's corpse, once again held beneath Carfax Abbey. Having learned the truth about her origins, Mary proudly accepts her identity as Abraham Van Helsing's daughter and embraces her family name.
Dracula 2000 Movie Review by: Patti, KY, USA
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