There are two Dracula-related movie projects that have taken on almost mythical status. This is because they have been in existence, and trapped in Development Hell, since pretty much the birth of movie discussion websites. Hang around on Corona Coming Attractions, Dark Horizons, or Ain’t It Cool News way, way back in the day, long before the gropening, and you would have come across stories about them. One of them is Sherlock Holmes And The Vengeance Of Dracula. The other is The Last Voyage Of The Demeter.

The latter of these is finally now a real thing! After years of development, many writers, directors, and more false starts than my old Tindr profile, it has wrapped filming.

The movie expands on one section of Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula. A Russian schooner named Demeter departs the Black Sea port of Varna bound for London. The vessel is named after the Greek goddess who was the daughter of the deities Cronus and Rhea, sister and consort of Zeus and goddess of agriculture. Her daughter, Persephone, is carried off by Hades, the god of the underworld.

This ship also carries something off. According to the Stoker novel, in the cargo hold are several boxes of Transylvanian earth. Within one of them is Dracula himself.

As the voyage progresses the vampire picks off the crew one-by-one. Eventually, on the night of a huge storm, the wrecked vessel washes ashore in Northern England with nobody aboard. Or is there?

Corey Hawkins, Liam Cunningham, David Dastmalchian, Aisling Franciosi, Jon Jon Briones, Stefan Kapicic, Nikolai Nikolaeff, Woody Norman, Martin Furulund, and Chris Walley round out the cast.

Famed horror movement actor and freakishly shaped 6 feet and 7 inches tall Javier Botet will star as Dracula.

Zak Olkewicz (Fear Street) wrote the shooting version of the script and Andre Ovredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe) directs for Amblin Entertainment.

 

The Last Voyage of the Demeter opens in cinemas on January 27th, 2023.

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