The Last Voyage of the Demeter Review

Great movie based off a single chapter of the "Dracula" novel.
9 Plot: Fantastic, part of Dracula that has not been told.
9 Acting: The whole cast were phenomenal.
9 Directing: Director André Øvredal brings the eerie to the film
9 Pacing: Great pace from beginning to end.
9 Cinematography: Done very well, the angles of the shots just add to the suspence.

Here’s the premise: Based on a single chapter, the Captain’s Log, from Bram Stoker’s classic 1897 novel “Dracula”, the story is set aboard the Russian schooner Demeter, which was chartered to carry private cargo – 24 unmarked wooden crates – from Carpathia to London. The film will detail the strange events that befell the doomed crew as they attempt to survive the ocean voyage, stalked each night by a terrifying presence on board the ship. When it finally arrived near Whitby Harbour, it was derelict. There was no trace of the crew.

Being a huge fan of not only Dracula, but anything vampirish, I have been excited about this film since I heard about it. I loved that the film started off showing the wreckage, so you know the horror that is about to unfold, it made for a more intense experience not knowing when or how the carnage would happen. I spent most of the movie anticipating what would happen and when, there were a few jump scares, but that made it all the better.

The cast was absolutely phenomenal, but three of my favorites were the Captain (Liam Cunningham), the last minute shipmate and Doctor (Corey Hawkins), and the boy (Woody Norman.) For me, these shined the brightest and made the movie what it was. The biggest star though, was the script, coming from a single chapter of the book “Dracula” and creating a full length movie out of a blip in a book has got to ne a very daunting feat, but writer’s Bragi F. Schut, and Zak Olkewicz did just that and made a wonderful new piece of the Dracula legend.

If you love vampire movies at all, I highly recommend this film.

Russell Lockhart


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