So far, we here at Backwoods Horror haven’t really said much…well, anything on Dario Argento’s DRACULA 3D. Why? Who knows. It probably has a lot to do with us, for some reason, not hearing about it until now. In all the horror news out there, we’ve overlooked the next DARIO ARGENTO film. Well, all that’s about to be corrected.
Here’s what we do know thanks to Daily Dead:
Dario Argento’s DRACULA 3D screened earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival and we’ve been waiting to hear about the movie’s US release plans. It is now being reported that the film has been acquired for US distribution. IFC Films has picked up the movie for its IFC Midnight label, according to Fangoria. While a specific release date has not been set, expect it some time in 2013 and we’ll have more release details in the very near future.
DRACULA 3D was directed by Dario Argento and stars Thomas Kretschmann (Dracula), Marta Gastini (Mina), Asia Argento (Lucy), Unax Ugalde (Harker), and Rutger Hauer (Van Helsing).
The tale begins with Jonathan Harker, journeying by train and carriage from England to Count Dracula’s crumbling, remote castle situated in the Carpathian Mountains on the border of Transylvania. The purpose of his mission is to catalogue the big library of Dracula. At first enticed by Dracula’s gracious manner, Harker soon discovers that he has become a prisoner in the castle. He also begins to see disquieting facets of Dracula’s nocturnal life. One night while searching for a way out of the castle, and against Dracula’s strict admonition not to venture outside his room at night, Harker falls under the spell of three wanton female vampires, the Brides of Dracula.
KEEP READING FOR THE OFFICIAL ITALIAN TRAILER FOR DARIO ARGENTO’S DRACULA 3D, THE ENGLISH TRAILER,…AND A LITTLE SOMETHING NSFW FOR THE FELLAS…
Carnivàle (a show I happened to be a huge fan of and tragically ended too soon) creator Dan Knauf is working with NBC for an upcoming 10-episode series, DRACULA, as the showrunner & head writer, working with series creator Cole Haddon.
DRACULA is produced by Tony Krantz’s Flame Ventures, Callender’s Playground Entertainment, Universal TV, and NBCU International. Carnival Films & Television, the company behind DOWNTON ABBEY. Krantz and Callender are executive producing the series with Gareth Neame and Anne Mensah. Haddon and Flame’s Reece Pearson co-executive produce.
Based on an idea by Krantz, the show is based on an idea by Krantz which is set in 1890 and has been described as “Dangerous Liaisons meets The Tudors.” Jonathan Rhys Meyers is set to play the iconic vampire Dracula, which see’s him arrive in London, “posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier but falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.”. The new series reunites Meyers with NBC’s Bob Greenblatt, who cast the Irish actor in “The Tudors” while running Showtime.
This could potentially be an interesting show given the talent involved, but I have this fear in the back of my mind that it’s going to turn out to be some kind of Victorian romantic drama. Here’s hoping that fear will be abated. More information as it develops.
J. Michael Straczynski — whose credits include Thor, Underworld: Awakening, and The Changeling — is teaming with Roy Lee (The Ring) and Rob Tapert (Xena: Warrior Princess, The Evil Dead) in developing Vlad Dracula. Starz says the project is a “unique spin of the classic tale, blending the historical facts of the 15th century Prince of Wallachia, with the fictional Dracula whose story is known around the world and continues to fascinate audiences. Vlad Dracula traces his evolution from a revered ruler to the world’s most feared vampire, and his slow downfall as he struggles desperately to hang on to his humanity, his wife and his kingdom.”
This is about all of the information we have on the project currently, but keep your bloodshot eyes peeled here boils ‘n ghouls for more information as it develops.
Teased earlier this year, Universal continues to celebrate its 100th anniversary by bringing Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Bride, the Wolf Man, the Phantom and the Creature to Blu in one collection. Features, art and a look at the DRACULA’s restoration below.
Coming October 2, a massive digital restoration and features-laden package, Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection promises an epic tour of shadows, fog and monstrosity as it collects some of the most iconic and significant entries in cinematic horror storytelling. Accompanying the films is a 48-page book featuring behind-the-scenes photographs, original posters and correspondence; special features including looks at the work of pioneering makeup artist Jack Pierce and commentaries from the likes of modern master Rick Baker; the much beloved 1931 Spanish language version of DRACULA, as well as a 3D Blu-ray of CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, and much more.
Keep reading after the break for individual Blu-ray specs for each film.
PLAYBOY, yes, THE Playboy is going to be, ahem, touching upon the sex appeal of vampires in their upcoming OCTOBER issue of the mag. This from FANGO:
Given the success of the HBO series TRUE BLOOD and the THE TWILIGHT SAGA of books and films, there is no denying that pop culture today is enthralled with all things vampire. The October issue of Playboy seeks to explain this sexy phenomenon with a history of vampire lore accompanied by a seductive eight-page pictorial.
“Love Bites” offers historical insight into the sexualization of the vampire, beginning with Bela Lugosi’s compelling portrayal of Dracula, but it is the eight pages of accompanying photos that truly demonstrate the seductive power of bloodsuckers.
“At times it’s hard to see the blood for all the sex simmering below the surface,” says “Love Bites” writer Leslie Klinger of today’s fashionable vampire tales. But in Playboy, neither the blood nor the sex is hidden below any surface, as two gorgeous women reveal both the fear and the passion aroused by the undead.
The stunning pictorial, featuring Playboy Poland Playmate of the Year Kasia Danysz and Weronika Zurkowska, was first shot by photographer Szymon Brodziak for the March 2009 issue of Playboy Poland. While Klinger offers numerous historic and social explanations for audiences’ fascination with vampiric love, Brodziak’s photos prove that no matter what it is that attracts us, fangbanging has never looked so good.
I believe the October issue is already on stands now, so, what are ya waiting for, tit’s ‘n blood make everything better! Go out ‘n get it!
Check out the Cover: