Category: movies

Dracul In Development

Dacre Stoker at ChattaCon 2017

Paramount Pictures recently acquired the film rights to Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker’s yet-to-be-published novel Dracul. It’s being prepped as a possible directing project for Andy Muschietti, whose adaptation of Stephen King’s It is currently tearing up the box office.

While Dracul is being described as a prequel to Dracula, the description sounds like more of a “story behind the story” to me. In it, a young Bram Stoker encounters a dark and sinister force which inspires the events of his iconic novel. I’m kind of getting a Wes Craven’s New Nightmare vibe off of these scant details.

While the set-up sounds intriguing in and of itself, this news makes me happy on a personal level because Dacre is a good guy. We met last year and he quickly became part of my circle of friends. He puts on great presentations about Bram Stoker and the mythology surrounding Dracula, and I’m looking forward to seeing him at Atlanta’s Monsterama again in a couple of weeks. The fact that he is the great-grandnephew of ol’ Bram himself is an added bonus.

I’ll be keeping an eye on this project because it is absolutely in my wheelhouse.


The Lost Boys Turn 30

The Lost Boys poster
Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire.

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the release of The Lost Boys. While I’m more associated with “cloak-and-fangs” style vampires these days, it was The Lost Boys that sparked my  longstanding interest in the undead.

More skulduggery after the jump!

Dear Dark Universe

Matt Reeves
Photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, Wikimedia Commons

I’m not trying to kick you while you’re down because I didn’t hate the new MUMMY movie. But I know that the critical drubbing and reports of a massive write-off has to hurt.

So if you decide that a course correction is already in order, I’d like to suggest putting Matt Reeves and Andy Serkis in charge. Matt Reeves took a dodgy idea — remaking Let the Right One In — and made a high quality film. Andy Serkis, of course, is the master of performance capture acting.

But it’s their combined talents on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that demonstrates that these two “get” creatures. While Serkis’ Caesar is not a monster, he embodies much of what made the original Universal monsters great. He’s sympathetic, but increasingly pushed to a breaking point. Reeves can pull off character moments without skimping on the “blockbuster” elements.

These are qualities that the planned Dark Universe needs. Imagine how great Serkis would be as the Gill-Man, for example. While you’re at it, throw Doug Jones in the mix. I don’t know if these guys are available or even interested, but hopefully it’s something to think about.

Still hoping for the best from your endeavors,