Archive of films Dario Argento's Dracula / Dario Argento's Dracula

Italy / France / Spain
2012, 106 min

Section: Midnight Screenings
Year: 2012

Dario Argento, that master of horror, needs no introduction, and neither does Transylvania’s Prince of Darkness, nor his particular gastronomical appetites. The traditional vampire story gains an extra dimension when conceived by an unconventional Italian director – and it features Rutger Hauer and Asia Argento to boot.


In a time of emo vampires, which look more like perfumed metrosexuals from the pages of a fashion magazine than bloodthirsty beasts, Dario Argento decided that the story of Dracula, the progenitor of everything undead, needed to get back to its Gothic beginnings. The Italian master of exploitation relies less on flashy makeup and more on the substantial dose of solid horrors he’s been serving up now for decades to his appreciative fans. But not even under his helmsmanship does Dracula remain the textbook character that arose out of the darkness of the Victorian world; in Argento’s surreal imaginarium, the count gains an added dimension – as did the picture itself: stereoscopic 3D. Thus the embodiment of absolute evil, sating himself with the blood of lily white virgins as he pursues the love of a woman he lost more than 400 years prior, can once again expect a fateful encounter with Jonathan Harker and Mina, his bride-to-be. But the ruthless Van Helsing doesn’t wait in the wings while Dracula sinks his teeth into the beautiful Mina – no less acute, Van Helsing’s hunger involves ridding the world of the "midnight siphon” once and for all.

About the director

Dario Argento

Dario Argento (b. 1940, Italy) gained fame in the 1970s with the brilliant thrillers The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) and Deep Red (1975), in which figures from the intellectual world clash with the worlds of terror and mystery in visually sophisticated compositions and to the rhythms of a spot-on musical score (Ennio Morricone, Goblin). His emphasis on carefully gradated suspense and on explicit, visually attractive scenes transformed the lover of Hitchcock into a cult director of thrillers, horror films, and all-out gore. He has made dozens of successful films (Suspiria, 1977, Creepers, 1985, Terror at the Opera, 1987), and he is the father of actress Asia Argento.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Midnight Screenings
Director: Dario Argento
Screenplay: Dario Argento, Antonio Tentori, Stefano Piani, Enrique Cerezo
Dir. of Photography: Luciano Tovoli
Music: Claudio Simonetti
Editor: Daniele Campelli, Marshall Harvey
Producer: Roberto di Girolamo, Gianni Paolucci, Enrique Cerezo, Sergio Gobbi
Production: Multimedia Film Prodiction Srl.
Cast: Thomas Kretschmann, Marta Gastini, Asia Argento
Contact: Filmexport Group Srl.


Dario Argento

Film Director

Marta Gastini


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