‘Dracula Untold’ and Halloween

By on October 15, 2014

Something spooky this way comes!

Bring out the ghouls, ghosts, and goblins! “Dracula Untold” flew into theaters over the weekend and locked up second place at the box office (with “Gone Girl” holding onto first place). Just when you thought you knew all there was to know about the blood guzzling legend, Universal and Legendary Pictures team up to reinvent the tale.

“Dracula Untold” tells the (fictional) story of (the not so fictional) Vlad the Impaler (Luke Evans, “The Raven”) who ruled parts of Romania from 1456 to 1462. In our fictional story, Vlad is forced to deliver the children of his homeland — including his own son — into the enslavement of the Ottoman Empire. When he refuses, the full force of the Ottoman army is unleashed upon him. That’s when he turns to a monster on the mountain who feasts on the blood of the living and has incredible power. Vlad drinks the monster’s blood and becomes the powerful vampire we all know and love. With his new abilities, he is able to defeat the attacking Ottoman army but not before losing the love of his life (Sarah Gadon).

“Dracula Untold” opens with a “300”-like feel and finishes with a sequel inspiring ending reminiscent of 007. This movie just lost me. There is too much backstory that isn’t fully delivered and the rest of the story is made overly obvious through foreshadowing and weak writing. The story is cool, but “Dracula Untold” is a tale better left, well, untold.

 

Halloween movies

It’s October, so here come the scary movies! This week, select theaters will get “The Town That Dreaded Sundown,” director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s (television’s “American Horror Story) rebranding of the 1976 movie of the same name. The original film is based on the true events of 1946, when the town of Texarkana, Ark. was held at bay by the Phantom Killer. The Moonlight Murders, as they came to be known, drew national attention and eventually spawned the 1976 movie. In the new version, the story is 65 years later, but it seems the killer is back driving fear into the townspeople.

Just in time for Halloween, two films promise to scare: “Ouija” and “Horns.” Is it a game or is it a paranormal device? The answer depends on who you ask. Special effects man Stiles White makes his directorial debut with “Ouija,” a pretty standard teen horror flick. It looks to have plenty of moments to make viewers jump in their seat. The low budget flick is partially produced by Hasbro. So, I guess the answer is a game.

Daniel Radcliffe tries to shake the Harry Potter out of himself in “Horns,” the newest horror flick from Alexandre Aja (“The Hills Have Eyes” and “Mirrors”). Radcliffe is Ig Perrish, a young man who is mistakenly accused of murdering his girlfriend and guilty in the eyes of public opinion. Bent on revenge and scorned by society, the devil takes over Perrish who sprouts horns and goes on a rampage trying to find the girl’s true killer.

Daniel Radcliffe, of “Harry Potter” fame, will play the role of Ig Perrish in the soon-to-be-released “Horns,” the story of a young murder suspect literally taken over by the devil.

Daniel Radcliffe, of “Harry Potter” fame, will play the role of Ig Perrish in the soon-to-be-released “Horns,” the story of a young murder suspect literally taken over by the devil.

If you are seriously into gore and too scared to go outside, open up an internet connection to find “ABCs of Death 2.” This non-rated shock fest is directed by 30 different people responsible for a segment aligned to a letter of the alphabet. A is for Amateur, B is for Badger, etc. The movie will hit theaters on Oct. 31, but is available online right now.

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