Dracula II: Ascension (2003)

Posted: April 23, 2012 in Movie Review
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Dracula II: Ascension (2003)

Directed By: Patrick Lussier

Starring: Jason Scott Lee, Jason London, Craig Sheffer, Khary Payton, Diane Neal, Roy Scheider, Stephen Billington

Subgenre: Vampires

Dracula II Ascension

Synopsis: A Vatican sanctioned Vampire Hunter is tracking down the weakened Dracula who is being held by a group of scientists searching for the secret of immortality.

Thoughts: This direct to video sequel continues the exactly where the first movie left of (minus the narrative at the end) and continues to explore Dracula’s alternative origin.  Sadly, the cast and storyline are not quite as good as the first movie, which was borderline entertaining.

There are a few recognizable names in the cast here including Jason Scott Lee, Jason London, Craig Sheffer and even a cameo appearance by Roy Scheider.  Sheffer has a bit of genre credit with Nightbreed as well as a surprisingly good turn in Hellraiser: Inferno, but seemingly mailed in the role of Lowell.  Jason Scott Lee’s character, Father Uffizi, the vampire hunter, is easily the most intriguing part of the entire movie.  I think that had the story focused more on Uffizi, Ascension could have been a bit more entertaining.

Generally speaking, the strength of a vampire movie lies with the vampire.  Gerard Butler has been replaced with Stephen Billington. But it doesn’t really matter who plays Dracula, because the guy is strung up for all but the final minutes of the movie. 

The special effects are not too bad, given that this is a direct to video offering and operating on a limited budget.  There is plenty of blood and gore splashed around, but it’s nothing new for vampire movies.

Overall, Ascension is a pretty poor movie.  I can really only suggest it to people looking to further explore the different origin of Dracula, which is further expanded on here, otherwise feel free to move along.

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Comments
  1. Agree. I saw the movie several years ago. Was not impressed. I thought the first one was much better, primarily because of the origin of Dracula angle. This one was a let down all around.

    • shnsjolin says:

      Thanks for the comment and checking out the blog. It never ceases to amaze me how some movies get sequels so easily, yet something like Behind the Mask has to resort to a grassroots fundraising campaign to get one made.

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