Watch: First ‘Dracula Untold’ Trailer Adds Action to Vampire Mythology

While there has been plenty of portrayals of Dracula in the media, Universal’s upcoming “Dracula Untold” aims to shed some new light on the tale — with the help of a lot of action.

The first trailer for the movie hit the web this weekend. Luke Evans stars as Vlad Tepes. While he is very powerful in human form, he becomes a vampire to protect his family after a stronger threat is posed by a greedy Turkish sultan, played by Dominic Cooper.

The ancient vampire who helps Tepes undergo his transformation is played by Charles Dance, who portrays Tywin Lannister on “Game of Thrones.” Even “Thrones” fans may not notice the actor at first, as he’s almost unrecognizable in the clip.

Lorde provides the eerie soundtrack with her cover of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” a song recorded for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

The horror-action film marks director Gary Shore’s feature debut. “Dracula Untold” is set to bow Oct. 17.

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  1. nicolema80 says:

    This movie looks PHENOMINAL! A fresh, NEW twist to an old classic, and I like that they are starting from the BEGINING. Luke Evans, by the looks of the trailer is really going to be a great Dracula. Really looking forward to this one!

  2. Argh McAngryson says:

    This movie looks so f—ing lame. Let’s take every story in history, tell it from the same point of view, produce it with the same production value and fit every character – no matter how traditionally complex and compelling – into safe, benign archetypes and plot structures. Rage, madness, emotion, darkness, terror, loneliness, insecurity, corruption, condemnation – these are what make stories like Dracula compelling. Not the homogenized version of these things that don’t represent their true form, but appear more like annoyances to their perfectly-adjusted, happy protagonists. Then we can take these predicable, marketable concepts and shove them into stories so completely trite that they refuse to even skim the surface of the depth of human experience! Thanks modern Hollywood! You repeatedly manage to take concepts as fascinating as romance, immortality, death and magic and strip them of any sense of real danger or human insecurity, fragility or depth. Can we PLEASE start focusing on quality of acting rather than predominantly on CGI and production value? Or of how well an actor’s physical appearance matches the description of a character in a book, at the expense of actual acting talent? Is anyone else tired of this new idealism in film and television? Everyone is perfect, everything looks perfect, nothing is out of date, everything looks like an advertisement for a time period rather than the real thing. There’s no sense of real life, of real pain or suffering – no true sense of humanity. If you don’t properly develop a character, it doesn’t matter if a movie is three hours long. And no, I will not pay to watch a movie based in medieval times if I can smell a TGI Friday’s or just the general stench of Los Angeles douchebag on the actors. IT RUINS IT. No matter how much money you spend on costumes and special effects. A movie is successful when the characters, settings and actors are believable – not this shallow, hyperreal, audio-visual porn.

  3. It looks interesting. It doesn’t appear to be the normal Vampire/Dracula fare. It tries to give the audience an insight into how Dracula came to be. Different take. I’ll definitely see it.

  4. JoelR says:

    Really? Make Drac into an action hero? As a PG-13 movie, they can’t even impale!

  5. Mark says:

    that looks dumb.

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