Dracula III: Legacy (2005)

Posted: April 24, 2012 in Movie Review
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Dracula III: Legacy (2005)

Directed By: Patrick Lussier

Starring: Jason Scott Lee, Jason London, Rutger Hauer, Diane Neal, Roy Scheider

Subgenre: Vampires

Dracula 3 Legacy

Synopsis: After surviving their encounter with Dracula in Ascension, Father Uffizi and Luke track him back to his castle in the Carpathian Mountains.

Thoughts: I wasn’t really looking forward to watching this after Ascension, but I was in for a pleasant surprise.  Legacy focused on what was the most interesting aspect of Ascension, Father Uffizi.  Jason Scott Lee returns to play the vampire hunting holy man, although this time around he has been defrocked.  Jason London returns as the surviving Luke as well.  One of the best casting decisions made was having Rutger Hauer play Dracula.  Hauer adds instant genre credibility to anyone movie, like Lance Henriksen or Tom Atkins.

Patrick Lussier appears to be growing as a Director as well, as Legacy is his best to date.  The tone of the movie is quite different than Ascension, being much darker and scarier.  Much of the tone can be attested to the atmosphere as the movie switched to Romania instead of America, but there was a definite difference in the cinematography as well.  Lussier would go on to direct one of my favorite remakes, My Bloody Valentine, so I see him as a growing genre director, someone I look forward to in the future.

The ending was pretty open ended and left the possibility of another movie, which, if done right, could actually be pretty cool.  This is an example of how a direct to video sequel can be worth your time.  Sure, you might have to dig through a mountain of crap, but sometimes you find something worthwhile.  You lose a little of the back story without watching the first two movies, but I think you could still enjoy this without watching them, or you could be a glutton for all things horror like me and watch them all!

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