Most of us consider Dracula as the most popular monster in horror movies. His character was portrayed by so many actors and has been presented in different angles. Dracula should be as charismatic and evil and scary as he was in the original novel of Bram Stoker, yet there are some adaptations that simply did not portray the prince of darkness too well.
Below are some of the movies that portrayed Dracula very wrong.
Dracula Vs. Frankenstein
This movie did not only fail the expectation of moviegoers to see Dracula and Frankenstein fighting, but the entire plot does not seem logical as well.
The film shortly fell apart before it was even completed; it started as a generic horror movie that did not star Dracula or Frankenstein. The director then decided to add Frankenstein to the footage and when this did not work out well, he decided to add Dracula as well. Robert Engel, a former stock broker, was cast as Dracula supposedly because the director thought Engel’s look was perfect as the king of vampires. What’s sad though is that Engel looked more like Mr. Kotter from late-’70s sitcom Welcome Back Kotter than Dracula.
For reasons unknown, Dracula wanted to bring Frankenstein back to life. When the monster awakens, he did not live up to the expectation of Dracula and started attacking everyone. Dracula was left with no option but to kill him and without paying attention to the time and the sun rising up, he died as well while trying to take down his creation. The film portrayed the most powerful vampire as a dumb and compulsive creature which is far from what he should be.
Director David Goyer decided to add Dracula in the third and final movie in the Blade trilogy to rival other vampires. Dracula should be the ultimate evil that tramples the rest of his species, but instead the movie depicted the king of vampire as a slice of beefcake with a penchant for improbably collared shirts and Goth eye shadow. The fact that he calls himself as “Drake” is cringe-worthy enough, plus he possesses nothing of Dracula’s evil, cunning or charismatic side. He was more like a pimply Goth teen rather than the most feared vampire in generations.
It’s a huge disappointment that Dracula does not show himself much in this movie; his only purpose and exposure in Dracula’s Dog is to bite a dog and turn it into a vampire. What could be the reason why Dracula go this low in his victim? This dog prevented Dracula in a bat form from drinking a peasant woman. Because he was not able to turn the peasant woman, he was so enraged that he turned the dog instead. Seriously, no pet of any kind should be able to outmaneuver the king of vampires. The fact that a dog did so in this movie makes Dracula’s Dog a lame Dracula movie.
Dracula 2000 is not really the worst movie in this list. First, it’s quite interesting that this film presented a different twist in Dracula. The idea that he’s actually Judas Iscariot that was punished by God with awesome vampire powers after his betrayal with Jesus is pretty unique. It should have been a great vampire movie, but not so as an adaptation of Dracula. What’s even crazier is Gerard Butler’s Dracula’s ability to have sex so hard he and his paramour float until they hit the ceiling.
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Dracula: Prince of Darkness
Christopher Lee may have been famous for his performances as Dracula in Hammer horror movies but his lack of dialogue especially in the second movie in the series does not bring justice to the king of vampires. In fact, he did not have any lines at all. He just hissed on this movie. Portraying Dracula as a being of horror and supreme evil is nearly impossible when he sounded nothing but an alley cat. According to rumors, Lee’s refusal to say his dialogue was because the lines were so dumb but the screenwriter said he didn’t write any.
In all fairness, Stephen Sommers’ big-budget monster action movie presented Dracula as a pretty evil creature. But the film was generally weird and overcomplicated as well as less interesting. Instead of being the ultimate evil, Dracula was more interested in being a father, even though his bat-babies need Frankenstein or werewolf to be born. And if this is not weird enough, the fact that he and Van Helsing are brothers chosen by Satan and God just adds another crazy to the already crazy plot.
Dario Argento’s Dracula
It’s mind-boggling that the master of Italian horror movies such as Phenomena and Suspiria made such an impressive and bad adaptation of Dracula. It’s not enough that the movie in general is not scary at all, what’s even more disappointing is that Thomas Kretschmann’s titular vampire failed to be portrayed as an evil creature. If you think Dracula becoming a giant praying mantis monster at some point is ridiculous enough, wait until you see the dumbest thing Dracula did in this movie – paying for the school in his little town. Never in your wildest dream have you thought that Dracula would be famous for his championing of education and charitable nature.
This movie is so unforgiving in so many ways. First, the plot where Dracula is an alien from a vampire planet named Drakulon who came to Earth after killing some kind of vampire council is already way out of line from the original concept of Dracula. Second, Dracula was played by unknown Roger Daltrey as a poor man’s Lestat, subsuming the original character for Anne Rice’s more popular vampire. Third, Dracula’s stage name “Jaimie Blood” was so lame. And of course, it’s unforgivable that Dracula was donning a ponytail in Jaimie Blood’s “performance.”
And now that we have seen the worst Dracula performances in a movie, click here to view the best portrayals of this iconic villain.