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Review of "Dracula" 1/5/20 by Suzanne
airs now on Netflix

This is a very creepy, scary and sometimes gross show.  This is not like the nice or sexy vampires you might have seen in the "Twilight" movies, the 70's "Dracula" movie, "Vampire Diaries" or "True Blood."  These vampires are more like the ones you see in "Van Helsing," "The Strain" or "The Passage." Dracula (Claes Bang) is king here, and he's a evil and vicious, no doubt about it. His human victims are drained or become his "brides" (the undead), but they look more like zombies than any other vampires you've seen.  Dracula appears to be the only one who gets to be handsome (eventually) and able to blend in with humanity when he wants to.

The first episode is seen mostly from the eyes of one of his victims, Jonathan Harker (John Heffernan), as he explains to nuns who have taken him in after he escapes from Dracula.  There are many shocks and surprises just in the first episode. I'm sure you've heard of the name Harker before as well as Mina and Van Helsing. They're all here, as they often are in the story of Dracula. 

I don't want to spoil it for you. I read another review that said it was boring. It is certainly not that. It is compelling, but now I'm afraid I'm going to have nightmares. If you scare easily, don't watch it.

The show is created by the same team that worked on "Doctor Who" and brought us the wonderful show "Sherlock" on PBS.  This show is nothing like either of us those. I wish it were as good as either show, but it's not.  It lacks the joy and wonder. It'll scare you, though, and it keeps the plot twisting and turning.



BBC One has commissioned Dracula from the co-creators of multi-award-winning hit BBC drama Sherlock. It will be produced by Hartswood Films and is a co-production between BBC One and Netflix.

The 3x90’ mini-series is written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss and inspired by Bram Stoker’s classic novel. Three feature length episodes will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy. In Transylvania in 1897, the blood drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.

The series will premiere on BBC One in the UK and on Netflix outside of the UK/Ireland, and China where the service is not available. BBC Studios Distribution, who brokered the deal with Netflix for Hartswood Films, is the international distributor.

Co-creators, writers and executive producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss said, “There have always been stories about great evil. What’s special about Dracula, is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero.”

Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content, said, “Genius duo Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss turn their attentions to Dracula for unmissable event television on BBC One."

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama said, “Steven and Mark’s ingenious vision for Dracula is as clever as it is chilling. In their talented hands the fans will experience the power of Bram Stoker’s creation as if completely anew. We are thrilled to be collaborating with them and the brilliant team at Hartswood on yet another iconic British series.”

Larry Tanz, Vice President, Content Acquisition, Netflix said, “We can’t wait to bring Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ brilliant storytelling to our members around the world and we are eager to collaborate on yet another series with the BBC.”

Sue Vertue, Executive Producer, Hartswood Films said, "We are absolutely thrilled to be back at the BBC, and also delighted that Netflix are coming on board with Dracula. There’s nothing like fresh blood.”

Dracula was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama. It is written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss; executive producers are Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue for Hartswood Films, Ben Irving for BBC and will be handled by Larry Tanz for Netflix.

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