June 29, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

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.

type
Movie
Genre
mpaa
R
runtime
99 minutes
director
Patrick Lussier
Cast
Justine Waddell,
Vitamin C,
Jeri Ryan,
Sean Patrick Thomas,
Studio
Dimension Films

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