There is a new horror film that is receiving high praise from renowned authors Stephen King and Guillermo del Toro. The film is an adaptation of a section of Bram Stoker’s novel, titled “Captain’s Log”, which focuses on Dracula’s voyage to London on a ship. Directed by André Øvredal, the film is called “The Last Voyage of the Demeter” and features a talented cast including Liam Cunningham, Corey Hawkins, Aisling Franciosi, and David Dastmalchian, known for his role in “Oppenheimer”. Notably, Javier Botet joins the esteemed list of actors who have portrayed Dracula, alongside legends like Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Gary Oldman, and more recently, Claes Bang.
Reviews for the film have started to emerge, and Stephen King praises it, stating, “I was doubtful about ‘THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER’, but it’s a throat-ripping good time. It reminded me of the best of the Hammer movies from the 60s and 70s.” Guillermo del Toro, known for his acclaimed films such as “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “The Shape of Water”, also enjoyed the film, describing it as “gorgeous, lavish and savage!” However, despite this positive feedback, the film currently has a 38 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes after 72 reviews.
Kristen Lopez from The Wrap was critical of the film, stating, “There’s just nothing about this interpretation of the character that makes him stand out as Count Dracula versus just another standard vampire.” Similarly, Johnny Oleksinski from the New York Post expressed disappointment, saying, “Bram Stoker wrote ‘Dracula’ 126 years ago – somehow, Hollywood is still screwing it up.”
“The Last Voyage of the Demeter” is currently available in the US, but there is no confirmed release date for the UK.