People who know me, know that I am a little obsessed with Vlad the Impaler. I have read his story, his life and done research to understand his mind better.
People who know me, know that I’m also obsessed with vampires. Just as much research done and now, the combination of both my love in one movie, Dracula Untold and here’s my review.
At the turn of the century, the young lord Vlad and his family live a peaceful life ruling over their small kingdom.
However, when a Turk warlord demands from Vlad a thousand boys and his son to create an army, Vlad seeks a terrible power that will allow him to protect his kingdom and family from the Turks at a terrible cost. — Written by Blue_EagleUK, IMDb
The Impaler History
Everyone knows the name, knows he impaled, but not all know the story of the man before he became the monster of humankind’s history nor do people know the suffering he went through his entire life until his death estimated at between the age of 45 and 47 as no one knows the exact year of his birth.
“Why think separately of this life than the next, when one is born from the last? Time is always too short for those who need it, but for those who love, it lasts forever.” — Vlad, Dracula Untold
It would take twice the length of the extended version of the trilogy of Lord of the Rings to tell Vlad the Impaler’s story. It might not even show half of the horrifying obstacles and torture he went through nor would it show half the heartbreaking loss he witnessed and lived through for his people.
Some see him as a monster others see him as a hero. All we know, he went down in history as Vlad the Impaler.
The Dracula History
Irish author, Bram Stoker wrote a Gothic horror novel, which came out on May 26th, 1897 in the United Kingdom. It told the story of a strong vampire, Dracula, inspired by the historical monster Vlad the Impaler was. Note that it only happened to be loosely based on him and not as historical as one would think.
“Men do not fear swords…they fear monsters.” Vlad, Dracula Untold
His nemesis, Doctor Abraham Van Helsing, is after him to end his life before he succeeds and moves to England to spread the vampire curse. Van Helsing happens to be the main character from my point of view as he is the “hero.” Dracula is the monster, just like Vlad the Impaler. However, the castle and his title are fictional to the Dracula novel and don’t match history.
After all, it is a work of fiction. Dracula means dragon in Romanian and Vlad the Impaler was of the House of the Dragon. It is through and inspired by Bram Stoker’s vision that we now associate Dracula with the monster and everything nightmarish in the world.
Dracula Untold came out in the year 2014. I wasn’t ready to watch the story because I loved Vlad the Impaler and history too much to see it butchered by someone who desired to have the vampire coexist with the historical hero of Romania.
“My father was a great man, a hero, so they say. But sometimes the world doesn’t need another hero, sometimes what it needs is a monster.” — Vlad, Dracula Untold
As you can tell, I am very attached to what and who I love and obsess over. I am quite hard to please and satisfy. Four years passed and my husband recorded the movie that played on television thinking I would give it a shot eventually.
Well, it happened last night. He just put it on and new it would get my attention. He was lying on the couch, and I was sitting on the one parallel to his working on my novel. I had my Monster High headphones on, and with my peripheral vision, I saw the movie begin. I looked over at my husband who glanced at me as if to say, “It is time.”
So I kept my computer on me, stubborn to the fact that it would disappoint me. I was wrong.
The way Gary Shore directed the movie to have the history of Vlad the Impaler, Printul, and Voivode of Wallachia intertwine the legend of the vampire he became amazed me. I know his story by heart, I know vampires just as much, and I watched the movie like a child would Disney, in awes.
My heart broke, my heart rejoiced and broke again. Luke Evans was perfect in the role of Vlad III and had my heart in his hands the entire time. He represented Romania’s hero with dignity, strength, courage, and bravery. Evans even shared the appearance and overall look Vlad III had at the time of his life chosen for the movie.
I saw the passion in Evans‘ eyes, felt his pain and love and wish to conquer the Turks. His desire to protect his people go beyond the importance he gives to his life, and that’s the Vlad I come to know.
The color spectrum chosen for the movie is perfect for the story and period. It is a dark time and war and is about to rise once more between Wallachia and Hungary. Important details narrated at the beginning of the movie set the tone, and the entire scenery is impeccable and supports the story.
The adjustments made to incorporate the vampire factor in Vlad’s life carefully thought. I believe them to be right and make every choice he makes even heavier on his shoulders.
In My Eyes
Many criticized the movie, but I wonder how many share the obsession I have for both Vlad the Impaler and vampires. Moreover, trying to collide history and fantasy together is something hard. I believe this one to be a work of art.
I won’t hide that I cried three times over scenes depicted in the movie that I knew was right and intertwined with the vampire factor. I saw the history behind the fangs and tears rolled down my face.
This movie is to be a solid 10/10 for its creativity, choices and artistic factor.
The OCD Vampire,