Vampires In The News - Terror Of Dracula
We here at Vampire Empire LOVE it when we get an awesome bit of bloody good vampire news! Our friends over at ILDK Media were kind enough to give us the heads up on the Prince of Darkness himself.
The 411, and insider news as only Vampire Empire can bring you, is according to the powers that be involved in this film is that "Dracula, had not lost his bite throughout the years. And if Hollywood had often fallen off track from the original idea, it was now time, once and for all, to return to the source material."
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Vampires In The News - TERROR OF DRACULA LET YOURSELF BE TEMPTED BY THE BITE OF THE ORIGINAL
There’s no denying vampires have pervaded human myth and mystery. Passed down from one generation to the next, the myth of the blood-sucking vampire continues to fascinate and terrorize the masses. Yet the days of morbidly sinister vampires have ended leaving space to a new breed of vampirism that now permeates present day pop culture.
The bloodthirsty television series and fang-piercing big screen horror films have brought an empathetic vampire into the limelight – the kind who shines under the sun, who drinks blood from a can, and who even goes to high school. But where has the iconic blood-sucking monster whose sole life preoccupation is his survival and the thrill of the chase gone? Have we forgotten the very unique terrifying fear inherently embedded in the character of the one Prince of Darkness who epitomizes the definition of vampire: Dracula?
Many contemporary authors have given the oh-so mythical nocturnal legend a romantic connotation attributing to the character love stories, at times far-fetched and necrophilic in nature. But taking a radical departure from what seems to have been the general consensus, filmmaker/writer Anthony DP Mann has gone back to the roots of the legend and returned to the source material to give the noble Prince of Darkness his true original pedigree and prestige.
The Transylvanian vampire count, at last, reconnects with his animal instinct again, wreaking havoc and spreading terror throughout the film, “Terror of Dracula”.
This new production, certainly Mann’s most ambitious project to date, presents a surprisingly fresh take on the character and his mythos, finally reconnecting with the horror that lies at the heart of Irish author Bram Stoker's classic vampire story.
“Terror of Dracula” is a co-production with American producer/co-writer Bill Bossert, heavily based on Bram Stoker's original classic. Co-written and directed by Anthony DP Mann who stars as Dracula along side a cast of local theatre actors, the film was shot guerilla-style on a modest five-figure budget. Yet the DYI filmmaking approach certainly didn’t deter the Mann/Bossert duo from delivering a legitimate feature film that successfully competes with big-budget Hollywood motion pictures in quality and storytelling. The film will definitely have audiences rekindle their love for the original character of Dracula, and will leave them with a feeling of nostalgia for monster movies of an era past.
The film harkens back to a style of storytelling and filmmaking that many adepts of the horror genre remember fondly but haven’t been provided with for a very long time. Keeping a retro feel to it, “Terror of Dracula” could easily fit among the European output of Dracula films seen throughout the 60s and 70s. As a matter of fact, the film was even purposefully aged to make it look as though it is an un-restored print from 1975.
Horror expert Mann has mastered the art of the camera from no film school other than his own deep passion for the film genre. Among his teachers were such inspirations as Corman, Castle, Hitchcock and Whales. He skillfully dissected their respective techniques to create his own signature style and apply it to serve the literary classics that have enchanted him since his childhood.
Bram Stoker’s seminal work has never really left Mann’s bedside table.
Being a true fan of the book it was important for Mann to deliver a cinematic adaptation faithful to the original concept of the famed author.
And it is indeed on that very distinctive point that this new take on Dracula finds its uniqueness. In it one will find no Count dressed in effeminate carnival-like fashion running around in a vinyl cape with an ambiguous European accent; no love story between Mina and Dracula; and no supernatural powers other than the ones originally invested by Bram Stoker. A simple production, hand-held camera style ideal to fully experience the nail-biting suspense upheld throughout the original pages of the book.
Almost exactly 200 film adaptations of the myth later, we finally have an authentic film faithful to the script and loyal to the emotion that permeates the ink of Stoker’s pistolary work.
Anthony DP Mann, director/co-writer and star of “Terror of Dracula”, has succeeded in preserving the rhythm of the classic novel and the everlasting mystery surrounding the principal character who, as in the book, is always here without ever really been present. A brilliant and ingenious filmmaking approach all the more impressive considering its low budget.
While primarily filmed in Kingston's Fort Henry, one of the oldest cities in the North-America region, the décor, quite exceptionally, seems to come right out of Transylvania subsequently adding a degree of fear and terror already provided by the directing. The horror purists will recognize the spirit exuded by the first European adaptations of the 1930s.
Mann, a Canadian filmmaker and performing artist who continues to entertain audiences on stage, television, film and audio, is also the creator and co-host of the popular podcast “HorrorEtc” with King’s Town Ted, which for the past five years and with over 200 episodes in the can, continues to seduce, conquer and terrorize cyberspace’s airwaves.
Mann has appeared in a variety of beloved classic character roles, from the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge (CD and stage show “Humbug! A Celebration of the Christmas Season”), Dracula (“Canucula!”, 2008 film), The Wizard of Oz (“From Omaha to Oz” / “Christmas Comes to Oz”) to an extended association with the character of Sherlock Holmes on stage, radio, TV and film – a role he reprised in last year’s feature film “Sherlock Holmes and the Shadow Watchers”, along side Terry Wade as Dr. Watson donning once again the deerstalker and calabash of the character with whom he is most associated.
In the meantime, Mann keeps on sinking his teeth in “Terror of Dracula” - a little cinematic gem that unusually captures the original eeriness and foreboding of the classic horror tale like never before. Mann’s mission was to show that the iconic vampire, Dracula, had not lost his bite throughout the years. And if Hollywood had often fallen off track from the original idea, it was now time, once and for all, to return to the source material.
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The cast includes ANTHONY D.P. MANN as Count Dracula, TERRY WADE as Professor Van Helsing, MATT DAVIS as Johnathan Harker, DENISE WEDGE as Mina Murray, ANGELLA SCOTT as Lucy Westenra, ILKE HINCER as Quincy Morris, ANDREA HILTZ as Matron Agatha, BARRY YUEN as Renfield, DICK MILLER as Dr. Seward, and RICK CAIRNS as Swales... along with a fine supporting cast of Canadian talent (Noelle Piche, Angela Faulkner, Vikki Jin, Sarah Buchalter, Tasha Grodzinski, Isaac Lloyd, and more).
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