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Evans Mimics Batman in New Dracula Untold Poster

Dracula Untold PosterThe first poster for Universal‘s upcoming period horror Dracula Untold has officially been released.

In the promo picture, Luke Evans (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) broods over a gothic landscape, brandishing a sword as his cape transforms into a group of bats. The image is certainly an effective one, but comparisons with Batman and even Van Helsing spring instantly to mind, hinting that originality may not be a key concern of Universal’s at this stage. Hmm…

Universal have tried to recapture the success of their classic horror line for some time now, but aside from The Mummy franchise, the critical reception of movies like The Wolfman has been poor to say the least. The story of Prince Vlad has been told countless times before, so it will take a special talent to elevate Dracula Untold above mediocre fare like Dracula 2000.

Enter first time director Gary Shore, who will be combining historical fact with elements of the original Bram Stoker novel to retell the origin of Dracula for modern audiences. Hmm…

Call me jaded, but if Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins couldn’t save The Wolfman from becoming a camp and poorly written travesty, then I have little hope for less experienced talent like Shore and Evans. You never know though. There’s always the chance that Dracula Untold could defy the odds and just not suck… Yeah. I went there.

Sarah Gadon and Dominic Cooper also star in Dracula Untold, which is currently heading towards a cinema near you on October 17th, assuming the release date isn’t pushed back a fourth time. 

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