Hollywood’s latest take on the Dracula vampire legend, “Dracula Untold” (initially titled “Dracula Year Zero”) will be released by Universal Pictures on October 17, 2014. In the meantime, the studio has released the latest “Dracula Untold” posters (the second one is the international version).
Aren’t they just awesome? I love the way the bats form the edges of Dracula’s cape in both posters!
Has anyone not heard of Dracula these days? The original novel, penned by Bram Stoker and published in 1897, tells the story of Count Dracula, a vampire who leaves Transylvania for England, where he is hunted by a group headed by Abraham Van Helsing. Van Helsing, you see, knows what Dracula is, and also knows how to properly destroy vampires.
It’s a story that’s caught the public’s imagination for a long time now. Hollywood, especially, has been fascinated by the vampire count; there have been several adaptations of the original Dracula, and Dracula himself has shown up in many, many more films as a character.
And now the upcoming “Dracula Untold” will tell the origin story of the man who becomes Dracula, this being Vlad III Dracula of Wallachia, also known as Vlad the Impaler. The movie stars Luke Evans (“Fast & Furious 6,” “Immortals”) as Vlad, along with Sarah Gadon (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Enemy”) and Dominic Cooper (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”).
If you’ve never read Dracula, or read it years ago for a high school lit class, and you’re thinking you might want to read it before “Dracula Untold” comes out, hop on over to Project Gutenberg and download the ebook for free in the format of your choice. The novel is in epistolary format, meaning it’s made up of things like letters and diary entries, making for a bit of an easier read than most classics from that time period.
Have you read the original Dracula novel? What do you think of the movie posters for “Dracula Untold”? Let us know in the comments below!