31 Days of Guilty Pleasures – ‘Dracula 2000’

Jason McDonald

A few years ago I did a daily countdown to Halloween that featured some of my favorite scares from 31 different horror movies. This year I’m bringing back the feature, but this time we’re taking a look at some of my favorite guilty pleasures.

There’s no rhyme or reason to how these movies are being listed, so the placement on the countdown doesn’t denote any sort of ranking. Also, my definition of guilty pleasure is a movie that ranges from either being not very good to outright bad, but there’s something about it that still makes it endearing to watch.

Yesterday took us back to 1999 where we survived the “End of Days.”  Today we’re looking towards the future. To the year 2000 where we learn that Dracula is back and looking to feast once again.

In “Dracula 2000” a bunch of thieves breaking to Van Helsing’s home and steal a coffin thinking it has valuables in it, but in reality it contains the remains of Dracula himself.  This of course leads to him being resurrected in America where he begins a new reign of terror.  However, the original Van Helsing is also very much alive and together with his apprentice and daughter the trio set out to destroy Dracula for good.

So “Dracula 2000” gave us a couple of pretty good things.  First of all, it showed that you don’t try and steal from Van Helsing. This man has an insane archaic security system, but somehow doesn’t have like motion detectors or cameras.

Also the way Helsing had Dracula sealed up in his coffin is pretty rad too.  Everything you can imagine doing to keep Dracula locked up, he did.

Secondly, I think it gave one of the best origin stories for Dracula. I’m not sure if this has been done before, but I love that they revealed Dracula is actually Judas and gave good reasons for him to hate silver and religious iconography.

And finally this movie gave us possibly the greatest audition tape ever. If you’ve never seen Gerard Butler with his terrible wig and eyeliner, it’s a must watch.


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