Parents' Guide to

Dracula (2020)

By Angela Zimmerman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Well-done take on vampire classic is compelling, gory.

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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Great alternative take.

Not a Hollywood ruin. Not even intending to be a faithful adaptation. Last I checked Dracula is in it - not strange to name it Dracula. This is a well-acted, well-written, completely fresh take on Dracula. Claes Bang is perfectly cast and plays a far more engaging character than often seen. Largely British-made, the series has trademark Gatiss/Moffat wit and humour but retains and revels anarchically in its gothic roots. Expectedly very violent. Great fun and high quality. If you're just looking for another attempt to replicate the original novel on screen, or you're offended by female characters being anything other than damsels in distress, then look elsewhere.
age 18+

my account’s soul purpose was to berate this “film(s)”

I loved the book. To be fair their isn’t a Dracula rendition that is near perfect, but this one is horrendous. I had to stop after the first episode. The film shouldn’t be called Dracula as it does not follow the book in hardly any way. The acting is crude at best, the films “idea” of how to present the characters and their actions are childish in nature. The director/producers have free reign to make up preposterous scenes such as the box scene along with the nunnery standoff. The film then takes a turn into more modern issues making a high browned feminist agenda quite evident to the point of exhaustion. I would give no stars. I would not credit this piece of crap with the title of Dracula, as it is quite obviously a pinheaded Hollywood agenda pushing piece of trash. Only they could so utterly deform a classic. If you want a good Dracula movie, Bram Stokers Dracula (1992) is the best (recent) one I’ve seen so far.

Is It Any Good?

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This series brings to light one of the most enduring horror stories of all time and delivers it in a fresh, albeit gruesome, way. It's reminiscent of classic horror films with eerie monochromatic lighting, richly designed sets, and the charismatic horror villain quality of Claes Bang. Bang's Dracula is oozing with seduction and makes a very striking villain, and the gender-swap spin of the Van Helsing role (based on Professor Abraham Van Helsing, the original vampire hunter) is refreshing and makes a perfect adversary to the devil himself.

The graphic, obvious sensationalism -- shots of Dracula's mouth dripping in thick, dark blood; a group of nuns facing down a literally naked devil; the painfully overt metaphor of Sister Agatha and Dracula's chess game -- feels like a campy homage to the horror genre's history rather than a heavy-handed misstep. There's a lot of satisfying bits to unpack here for horror and classic literature fans, and Dracula ultimately does a fine job of honoring both Bram Stocker's original story and the horror genre as a whole.

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