An above-average vampire flick with a cool vampire, a masterfully done creepy old house and enough character and story to elevate it.
Plot: A young woman remembers an encounter with a vampire from childhood while a mysterious coffin is delivered to the seaside town she lives in.
Review: The second of the Bloodthirsty trilogy, I donât think this movie got the fanfare that The Vampire Doll did. This is a shame because I found this film to be a little better than the first one in the trilogy. Part of that may be that the vampire in this one has the actual fangs and just looks like a bloodsucker. Another is the story and characters in this one are more engaging.
Letâs start with the vampire. Even though the name âDraculaâ is in the title, this vampire is not Dracula. Thereâs a cool backstory to him, one that I canât recall seeing in any other vampire movie. He just looks incredible, with the golden eyes and fangs. He cuts an imposing figure and looks sinister as all hell. I canât think of a better vampire being cast for this film. At one point, he slams through a stained-glass window in pursuit of a victim, and I actually gasped. The vampire makes these types of movies, and this one was top-notch.
The story itself wasnât too bad. Iâve read that some reviewers call it generic and donât see it. Generic would have been if all the characters were friends and got along and got picked off one by one. In this film, thereâs some animosity and, dare I say, outright hatred between a few of the characters. While the jealousy and conflict doesnât rise to the surface during the day, when a few of the characters are turned, it comes out in full form. This adds another layer to what would otherwise be another âvampire finds characters, kills them and turns them into vampires, while main character wrings hands.â
Itâs because of this extra spark to the story that I found the characters more engaging. Thereâs more at stake than a general âwe have to stop the bad guyâ thing. Itâs more meaningful, and when some characters get turned, it feels more like a loss. I found myself rooting for at least one character not to get turned, which NEVER happens in a vampire movie. So yeah, this one got me a little bit.
As for gore, there was some blood, though almost all of the blood-letting took place off-screen. For animal lovers, youâll despair as a pooch bites the dust, and you see the aftermath, which isnât very pleasant. The makeup is of the usual powder-white variety to show death, which doesnât offer much imagination, but itâs wonderfully effective on the vampire, even if it doesnât seem to touch anything but his face. The vampireâs death makeup is grotesque and well-done.
The sets are non-descript except for the vampireâs lair, which is creepy as all hell. The director must have been proud of it, too, as he lovingly shows much of the details of the house as the title credits play. It puts you into the mood quickly and is undoubtedly one of the most memorable vampire sets Iâve ever seen. The music is what you would expect from this type of movie and adds to the atmosphere, though isnât particularly noteworthy.
Lake of Dracula is worth a watch, especially if youâre into creepy, interesting vampire stories. Thereâs enough here, and the runtime (81 minutes) is short enough that youâll find enough to like without getting bored.