Gillian Flynn
June 29, 2001 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
99 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/22/00
performer
Gerard Butler, Jonny Lee Miller, Justine Waddell, Vitamin C, Omar Epps, Jennifer Esposito, Danny Masterson, Christopher Plummer, Jeri Ryan, Sean Patrick Thomas, Shane West
director
Patrick Lussier
distributor
Dimension Films
author
Joel Soisson
genre
Horror, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a C

It could have been a slick, spooky romp: A team of high-tech thieves (including Esposito and Omar Epps) steal Dracula’s coffin from its London safe house, hop a getaway plane, and crash outside New Orleans — where the dapper undead fellow hunts down his soul mate (Justine Waddell). Unfortunately, what follows is a bloody clot of cliches: Eyes turn red; the smoke machine hits overdrive; and Dracula (Gerard Butler) walks around a lot, smiling bemusedly at his human prey. And despite the gory effects and a cast of pretty young things, it’s Christopher Plummer, as the legendary vampire hunter Van Helsing, who alone holds the screen. Wes Craven may be presenting, but this is no Scream.

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