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John Carpenter's Dracula film

JohnCarpenter.jpgJohn Carpenter is set to direct a modern day Dracula story, one that is based on the original Bram Stoker plot and updated to a modern day setting. It sounds rather interesting, but above all the potential for John Carpenter to create another horror classic is here, after all it's based on a horror classic and it has a director who has produced a number of films that you can already describe as classic, if not at least iconic.

However, the very title of the film and looking at the world of western horror films today suggest that this might not match up to the level of the previous films.

The film is called Fangland, and is based on a novel by John Marks, a former 60 Minutes producer, and has been adapted by Mark Wheaton, who wrote The Messengers and the Friday the 13th remake.

It's a mixed bag there, but the story sounds like an interesting modern day take on the Dracula story. According to Variety the story will follow a producer who travels to Romania for an interview with a notorious European arms dealer who actually turns out to be a vampire, and not just any vampire, but the head vampire a la Dracula.

Sounds interesting, and of course John Carpenter hasn't been keeping quiet recently, he's in post-production with a horror film called The Ward starring Amber Heard and has L.A. Gothic and The Prince on his slate according to IMDB, as well as being involved in a few remakes, but The Ward is his first film since Ghosts of Mars in 2001.

He did have a couple of outings with Masters of Horror, but I think you have to go back to 1994 and five films ago to see a decent Carpenter film, In the Mouth of Madness, and then 1992 for Memoirs of an Invisible Man with They Live back in 1988. That's a little while ago.

Of course that time hasn't been totally filled with bad films, but there's not been that Carpenter magic since 1988, well in my eyes anyway, I'm sure that some would disagree.

So it would be good to see him return to form, and the write up above sounds like it could give him the material, the question is if he can return to form and deliver a Carpenter horror film.



I'm looking forward to Carpenter's The Ward.

It does sound interesting, I just hope he can regain some of his former glory with the film.

Don't you think his best work was They Live! and before?


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