'Dracula 2000' Tried To Introduce A More EXTREME Vampire For The New Millennium

Dracula 2000 may be one of the lamest Dracula movies ever, but it’s still a lot of fun to watch. As a time capsule of the early 2000s, it’s got everything you want - a nü-metal soundtrack, migraine-inducing editing, and a young Gerard Butler. The movie was marketed as Wes Craven Presents Dracula 2000, but it’s not clear what involvement, if any, the director had in the filmmaking process. 

The conflation of over-the-top music, filmmaking, and cast was a critically and commercially panned film that was EXTREME in every way possible. From its hunky villain to its reverence for the Virgin Megastore, Dracula 2000 could have only been made at the dawn of the new millennium. 

At the end of the day, Dracula 2000 is worth revisiting because it feels alien when compared to modern horror films. With its pulpy narrative and refusal to take anything too seriously, the film is successful in being pure, unadulterated, 2000s entertainment.

  • Gerard Butler Plays A Wavy-Haired, Hunky Dracula

    When we first meet Dracula, he’s old, ugly, and practically dust. But after draining Danny Masterson and the guy from Save the Last Dance, he transforms into a total hunk. He literally stretches out his arms and molds himself a nice set of abs.

    Along with his status as a super hunk, he gains the ability to lure every woman on the planet into his grasp. Butler primps and saunters through the movie, rarely wearing a shirt. 

  • Dracula's Coffin Is Protected By Ridiculous Booby Traps

    Early in the film, it’s revealed that Van Helsing keeps Dracula’s body in a silver coffin that’s surrounded by booby traps in case the bloodsucker escapes. It’s covered in crosses, which makes sense, but there are also spikes that fly down from the ceiling that are meant to keep Dracula at bay. 

    The thing about the spikes is that they don’t make a lot of sense. A set of spikes that comes straight down from the ceiling wouldn’t stop Dracula - at least not in the stake-through-the-heart kind of way. The spikes seem more likely to take out someone who’s next to the coffin - not escaping from it. 

    The most nonsensical thing about these booby traps is that they seem designed to feed Dracula the blood he so badly needs to return to life.

  • Dracula Goes Buckwild On An Airplane

    For the first act of the movie, Dracula is conspicuously absent from Dracula 2000, but after his coffin is taken by high-tech thieves to be flown to America, our main man Vlad Dracul causes some turbulence. 

    After draining a couple of the thieves on the plane, he chomps up Jennifer Esposito and then conjures a lightning storm to keep him out of the light before flying the plane to New Orleans with his mind.

  • Van Helsing Prolongs His Life By Leeching Blood From Dracula

    About 10 minutes into the film, it's revealed that Van Helsing (yes, that's Christopher Plummer) isn’t the grandson of the Van Helsing from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but that he’s actually the real-deal Van Helsing. He’s been keeping himself alive by using leeches to drain blood from Dracula. 

    He then injects himself with the blood and ditches the leech in a fire just to make sure that there aren’t vampire leeches running around. It's an interesting take on Van Helsing and it provides a way for Dracula to hunt down Van Helsing's daughter - so it's more than just a gross plot point.

  • Van Helsing Lays The Hammer On A Bunch Of Baby Vampires

    When Van Helsing arrives in New Orleans, he’s in bad shape. He hasn’t had any blood in days and his greatest rival is back in business. After tracking Dracula to a small church that’s being used to hold the bodies from the plane carrying the thieves, Van Helsing discovers that all of them have been turned into baby vamps. 

    Van Helsing doesn’t have any trouble dishing out justice to these newly formed vampires, and it’s only due to the inadequacy of his apprentice (Jonny Lee Miller) and the arrival of some small-town cops that they’re not all wiped out.

  • There's A Bunch Of Free Advertising For The Virgin Megastore

    One of the main reasons that Dracula 2000 feels like stepping through a time warp is the brick-and-mortar record store that gets a whole lot of screen time. The Virgin Megastore in New Orleans is prominently featured throughout the film. Its logo is on shirts and bags, and we even go inside the store to see its wide selection of music.

    After getting his mojo back, Dracula visits the Virgin Megastore to check out its VHS blowout and to find Mary Van Helsing. She’s not in the store, so Dracula takes a look around the store, giving the audience a peek at the signage.