Bram Stoker's Dracula's Guest

Bram Stoker's Dracula's Guest (also known as just Dracula's Guest) is a 2008 film that was written and directed by Michael Feifer. It was released direct to video in August 2008 and is loosely based on Bram Stoker's short story "Dracula's Guest".[1]

Bram Stoker's Dracula's Guest
Directed byMichael Feifer
Written byMichael Feifer
Based on"Dracula's Guest" (from Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Stories)
by Bram Stoker
StarringAmy Lyndon, Wes Ramsey, Andrew Bryniarski
Music byAndres Boulton
CinematographyCharles Haine
Edited byLeaf Baimbridge
Production
company
North American Entertainment, Barnholtz Entertainment
Release date
August 2008
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Plot

The story opens showing a young man finding a young woman he knows behind bars, having been imprisoned and raped. He swears to get her out and the scene cuts to six months earlier. The young man is Bram Stoker and he has a relationship with Admiral Murray's daughter, Elizabeth in Victorian England. He works in a real estate company and has just given his career a boost by finding a home for the firm's new client, Count Dracula. The Admiral is not impressed with Bram and insists he and Elizabeth observe a year's separation to test their love before he'll give his blessing to their marriage. Bram accepts and leaves to begin his year but Elizabeth is rebellious and runs off, presumably to find Bram in Scotland. She gets waylaid by the Count at the train station where he abducts her to his home in Transylvania. Bram's friend Malcolm rushes to find Bram and tell him about the abduction but is caught and killed by Dracula at Stoker's apartment. He had told his business to Mrs. Withen the landlady, before he died so Bram was able to get the information he needed and rushed off to her rescue. He is accosted twice on the road to the Slovak region, once in France and the second time in Germany on Walpurgisnacht. Meanwhile, the Admiral is also on his way to rescue his daughter. We come again to the scene where Bram finds Elizabeth imprisoned in her underground chamber and he then begins a death-defying climb up the side of the mountain to where he can enter the castle. He challenges the Count to a fight in which he is clearly outmatched and when the Count abandons him the Admiral catches up to Bram in the mausoleum. He sends the young man on to find his daughter, while he searches for Dracula. The two older men meet up in front of the dungeon grating shortly after Bram finds Elizabeth and fight. The Admiral wins in spite of taunting by the Count and the scene fades out.

Cast

  • Amy Lyndon as Mrs. Witham
  • Wes Ramsey as Bram Stoker
  • Andrew Bryniarski as Count Dracula
  • Kelsey McCann as Elizabeth Murray
  • Dan Speaker as Admiral Murray
  • Ryan Christiansen as Malcolm
  • Caia Coley as Mrs. Murray
  • Thomas Garner as Mr. Quartermane
  • Robert Smith as Johann
  • Maya Waterman as Shanty Woman
  • Stan Bly as Pierre
  • Robert William Madrigal as Dracula's Carriage Driver
  • Nino Simon as Herr Delbruch
  • Andy Parks as Conductor
  • Daniel Bonjour as German Captain

Reception

Critical reception has been predominantly negative.[2] Dread Central and DVD Talk both rated the movie negatively,[3] and Dread Central remarked that although Feifer "tries really hard on his minuscule budget to recreate the look, talk, and manner of a Victorian era vampire movie - not an ounce of it feels authentic, like an old PBS production by way of The Asylum."[4] DVD Verdict panned the movie overall, stating that while they won't call it "the worst movie ever" it was "certainly a contender."[5]

References

  1. ^ Dracula in Visual Media. McFarland. 2010. p. 78. ISBN 9780786462018. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  2. ^ Tatum, Charles. "Bram Stoker's Dracula's Guest (review)". eFilmCritic. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  3. ^ Felix, Justin. "Bram Stoker's Dracula's Guest (review)". DVD Talk. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Dracula's Guest (review)". Dread Central. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  5. ^ Pritchard, Paul. "Dracula's Guest (review)". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 20 June 2014.

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Amy Lyndon

Amy Lyndon (born October 15, 1965) is an American actress and acting coach.

Andrew Bryniarski

Andrew Bryniarski (born February 13, 1969) is an American actor and former bodybuilder, best known for portraying Leatherface in the remake of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Zangief in Street Fighter, and Steve Lattimer in The Program.

Count Dracula in popular culture

The character of Count Dracula from the 1897 novel Dracula by Bram Stoker, has remained popular over the years, and many films have used the Count as a villain, while others have named him in their titles, such as Dracula's Daughter, The Brides of Dracula, and Dracula's Dog. Dracula has enjoyed enormous popularity since its publication and has spawned an extraordinary vampire subculture in the second half of the 20th century. More than 200 films have been made that feature Count Dracula, a number second only to Sherlock Holmes. At the center of this subculture is the legend of Transylvania, which has become almost synonymous with vampires.

Most adaptations do not include all the major characters from the novel. The Count is usually present, and Jonathan and Mina Harker, Dr. Seward, Professor Van Helsing, and Renfield usually appear as well. The characters of Mina Harker and Lucy Westenra are occasionally combined into a single female role. Jonathan Harker and Renfield are also sometimes reversed or combined. Quincey Morris and Arthur Holmwood are often omitted or, occasionally, combined into one character.

Dracula's Guest

Dracula's Guest is a short story by Bram Stoker and published in the short story collection Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Stories.

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