‘Dracula 3D’ Clips Showcase Dario Argento’s Horrific Vampire Legend

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Dario Argento – a master of horror? Perhaps at one point. The Suspiria and Inferno director is gearing up for the US release of his latest, Dracula 3D, but after catching these two clips of the film, you may want to steer clear of the 2013 IFC Midnight entry. It’s pretty horrific – and not in the way you’d want or expect.

The film is a wildly unique spin on the Dracula legend. Jonathan Harker (Unax Ugalde) leaves his fiancée, Mina (Marta Gastini), to go to work for Count Dracula (Thomas Kretschmann), but soon comes to realize the Count is actually holding him prisoner. Desperate to see her husband, Mina comes to town for a visit, but not only can she not get in touch with Jonathan, she must tend to her good friend Lucy (Asia Argento) who falls gravely ill. It isn’t until Van Helsing (Rutger Hauer) arrives on the scene that Mina finally gets a sense of what she’s up against.

That synopsis is doing the film a favor, as described. Dracula 3D has the Bram Stoker basics, but presents them in the most disjointed and amateurish manner possible. Just take a look at the clip above spoiling poor Lucy’s fate. We’ve got tacky set design, sluggish editing, dismal digital effects and performances that are so melodramatic, you’ll know exactly what’s going on despite the lack of subtitles.


The second clip isn’t as bad, but it does highlight the feature’s poor pacing. Harker is tucked away in Dracula’s castle and starts to put the pieces together after finding a charred photo of Mina in the ashes of a fire. Yet again, no subtitles necessary. Harker is clearly pissed someone’s trying to deface the love of his life, but all the recently-turned Tania (Miriam Giovanelli) is interested in is stripping down for their houseguest. Too bad for her, Harker is Dracula’s plaything and he’s not about to let her suck the life out of him, even if it means suffering through some painfully stinted choreography to save his life.

Dracula 3D poster ‘Dracula 3D’ Clips Showcase Dario Argento’s Horrific Vampire Legend

A little harsh? Yes, but this one really deserves it. I caught the film while attending the Reykjavík International Film Festival in Iceland and it really is that bad. It’s a sad story, too, because Argent was so humble and kind during his master class, and really had valuable insight to offer. At age 72, perhaps it’s time for the famed Italian director to hang up his hat and act as a mentor or executive producer to up-and-coming horror filmmakers with a firmer handle on script structure, directing actors and how to use digital effects.

Dracula 3D opens in Spain on November 9, and Italy on November 22. No word yet on a US release.

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  1. I LOLed.

    Is this for real?! Jesus Christ…

  2. Everything was pretty awful except for the naked chick.

  3. Looks like an early ’70s Hammer effort.

    • I thought the same thing. Pretty cheap looking.

  4. Hopefully dracula year zero will be better

  5. I couldn’t believe the cgi in the Suspiria sequel I watched and I’m not watching these clips. He can make a reasonably suspenseful story that revolves around modern technology but doesn’t utilize it in actual production (The Card Player) though he seems blind to how bad computer effects can look. This must happen to directors with age.

  6. I like the art! myself, I could look at the whole film without subtitles, and enjoy it.

    • Complete lack of talent has been called “art” for centuries. All it takes is someone calling the work meaningful, and a bunch of sheep saying “Yes, yes, you are right. This is so profound. It’s beautiful!”. That’s why there are so many ridiculous pictures hanging in museums all over the world thay any 3 year old could do better but that are worth a fortune. 😉

      • Hahaha…that’s so true.

        • I was reffering to the museum part^^

  7. Why is Rutger Hauer in this? God please I just hope he got a really big check out it……

    • I agree. Rutger Hauer could be going for Oscars, but he chooses to do cheap stuff like this? Hobo With A Shotgun was fine because it was a throwback and parody to crappy B-Movies, but this Dracula looks like a modern B-Movie.

  8. Oh my. 😯

  9. Dario Argento did Suspira.

    What happened?

  10. Hilarious! Just like the old Hammer films. So bad it’s good.

  11. There is a reason Italian directors almost never land gigs outside their Country.

    • Fellini was here, Kurosawa’s a punk

      • You’re clearly a failure at trolling: I’m Italian too.

  12. I loved it !
    Just couldn’t stop laughing here ! A must watch !
    Yes,it’s unbelievable,and it seems like a movie from another time.
    Dracula is a joke…but hey,it’s fun !
    Long camera takes,the music is atmospheric,very nice…so yes,maybe he aimed to do an old school movie ! Who knows !
    Still respect to the man,he made some super good stuff a couple of years ago ! (Maybe a couple of years more :)

    • I’m sorry, but no. Just from those two clips you can see that it has bad editing, terrible pacing, and awful acting…this isn’t old school, it’s just bad.