Dracula 2000

Movie review by
Ellen MacKay, Common Sense Media
Dracula 2000 Movie Poster Image
Too scary, too gory, too gross.
  • R
  • 2002
  • 99 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Dracula's female victims act like fantasy Playboy bunnies and combine sex and death in a disturbing way. Black cast members seem to be afterthoughts.

Violence

Two impalements by iron spike, innumerable murders by severed jugular, a hanging, extremely rough hand-to-hand combat, and a beheading. Vampires are executed with silver compound bows and a silver shotgun that fires extremely large bullets. Multiple char

Sex

Dracula keeps a writhing harem of female vampires and sexually mesmerizes all women. He has sex with Mary's roommate (little is shown).

Language

Four-letter words and scatological exclamations.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that preteens and young teens may want to watch this movie at a slumber party, but the content is too scary and sexual for most. Parents should know that multiple characters are stalked and murdered, and rise again as vampires. A chase into a graveyard lands the main character in an occupied casket. We see a boat littered with bloodied corpses. We're also treated to two impalements by iron spike, innumerable murders by severed jugular, a hanging, extremely rough hand-to-hand combat, and a beheading. Vampires are executed with silver compound bows and a silver shotgun that fires extremely large bullets.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bylizperle April 9, 2008
Adult Written bychristian2011 December 11, 2012

Very mediocre film best suited for the most squeamish.

Dracula 2000 contains very dull acting, like the kind you see on the Hallmark Channel and several soap operas, and the violence seems very fake. It doesn't... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bygroovyturtlegirl April 12, 2009

10 and Up!

The only thing I thought was inapropriate about this movie was the violence. Lot's of blood, not much of else except that Dracula is considered, I guess yo... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byantoineisthebest March 27, 2011

9 year OLD

for mature children

What's the story?

Kept alive in Carfax Abbey by Van Helsing (Christopher Plummer), Count Dracula (Gerard Butler) survives to the present day. When thieves try to kidnap him, Dracula runs and ends up in New Orleans, home to Mary Van Helsing (Justine Waddell). It's up to Mary to stop Dracula.

Is it any good?

Those best served by this tired addition to the vampire film subgenre are older teens looking for a gore fest, and not Dracula fans. Because the movie devotes little time to Van Helsing before unceremoniously killing him off, few of the vampire's atypical habits are explained. This Dracula doesn't seem very concerned about sunlight, and his aversion to Christian paraphernalia is alluded to, but barely demonstrated. What is more, silver is to him as kryptonite is to Superman, and yet, as every disciple of classic horror knows, it's werewolves who can't survive a silver bullet. The breaks from tradition are explained somewhat in the final third of the movie when, aided by Simon, Mary figures out that Dracula has been around since the dawn of the Christian age. The vampire has played a rather large role in the Gospels, as it happens. This revelation, awkwardly tacked on to a low-grade slasher movie, becomes particularly offensive when Mary is left to convert Dracula to an attitude of proper Christian penitence in order to save herself (and her fellow ingénues of Louisiana).

Like John Carpenter's Vampires, DRACULA 2000 seems to believe it is superior to the average horror movie because of the distinction executive producer Wes Craven provides. Don't be fooled. This is a predictable movie whose main concerns are sex and gore, neither of which is served up with much inventiveness or gusto.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this movie compares with other vampire movies. In general, how does the media depict vampires and the legends that surround them?

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