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Da Vinci’s Dracula

To the writer’s credit, the word “vampire” is never mentioned in reference to this incarnation of Vlad Tepes, despite his overwhelmingly more well-known literary counterpart who shares his name.

I found out there was this show called DA VINCI’S DEMONS. It had totally slipped under my radar, not that I would have been watching it anyway. What snagged my attention was learning that, in one episode, Da Vinci meets Dracula. (The historical Dracula, that is, Prince Vlad III of Wallachia.) Thus I immediately had to seek it out. The disc came in the mail, containing three episodes of the series. I watched the non-Dracula episodes first in order to acclimate myself to the series. I didn’t like it.

Though lavish with (sometimes) solid acting, the series seems equal parts gratuitous nudity and political intrigue. I don’t care for the latter, and only conditionally like the former, so I think I’ll pass. I’m just here for the Impaler, please. When Drac finally shows up in this episode, it’s a breath of fresh air. Portrayed by actor Paul Rhys with quiet, detached menace (except for one instance of questionable directing, where Vlad goes all melodramatic cursing the Turks) he’s depicted as a cool fusion of historical and fictional monster. While we don’t see fangs or hear the word “vampire” once spoken, it’s obvious that Vlad is something more than human. Too bad he gets too little screen time.



TheCheezman • September 30, 2015

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