A new horror film based on Dracula’s journey to London is receiving high praise from renowned horror authors Stephen King and Guillermo del Toro. Over the years, numerous directors and writers have presented their own interpretations of the iconic character, including Francis Ford Coppola’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” in 1992 and Mark Gatiss and Stephen Moffat’s 2020 BBC series.
Fans of the vampire myth will be delighted to know that the film, titled “The Last Voyage of the Demeter,” is an adaptation of the seventh chapter of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel. This chapter, known as “Captain’s Log,” recounts the ill-fated journey of the merchant ship Demeter from the Black Sea port of Varna to Whitby, England.
Directed by André Øvredal, “The Last Voyage of the Demeter” features an impressive cast including Liam Cunningham, Corey Hawkins, Aisling Franciosi, and David Dastmalchian from “Oppenheimer.” Javier Botet joins the ranks of actors who have portrayed Dracula, following the footsteps of Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Gary Oldman, and Claes Bang.
Reviews of the film have started to emerge, with Stephen King describing it as a “throat-ripping good time” reminiscent of the classic Hammer movies from the Sixties and Seventies. Guillermo del Toro also praised the film, calling it “gorgeous, lavish, and savage.” Despite this acclaim, the movie currently holds a 38 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes based on 72 reviews.
Critics have expressed mixed opinions about the film. Kristen Lopez of “The Wrap” stated that there is nothing special about this interpretation of the character that distinguishes him as Count Dracula rather than just another generic vampire. Johnny Oleksinski from the “New York Post” criticized Hollywood’s continued mishandling of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” which was written 126 years ago.
“The Last Voyage of the Demeter” is already available in the United States, but there is no confirmed release date for the United Kingdom.