Blood, sex, corsets, heaving breasts, men in top hats, more blood … it must be vampires! But not just any vampire. NBC is bringing us the King of Vampires in their upcoming show Dracula and now you can see the Comic-Con trailer, in all its gory glory.
As usual with Dracula nowadays, the show will obviously take liberties with Bram Stoker’s original source material. In fact, it sounds like NBC is walking closer to Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula (which is decidedly not the book) in both style and plot.
Drac is the young and pretty Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, trolling London for beautiful damsels to seduce and bleed as he seeks revenge for some wrong done to him centuries earlier. He poses as an American businessman (what?) bringing modern science to the Victorians and he begins to fall for Mina (Jessica DeGouw), whom he thinks is the reincarnation of his deceased wife. So, that’s pretty much the plot of Francis Ford Coppola’s film too.
The trailer is bloody and stylized, full of sex, violence and pithy one-liners from our titular bloodsucker. With an industrial/goth score just this side of ridiculous, and blood spurting everywhere, the tone of gothic excess has been perfectly established. Excessive violence worked for NBC’s hit Hannibal and Dracula is certainly the tale for that.
Ordinarily I would be crying foul over yet another interpretation of our favorite Count; one that once again makes him into a lover out for vengeance, rather than a force of single-minded evil looking to create his empire of the Undead. But vampires have been so consistently defanged in recent years that it would be nice to see a Count Dracula biting, sucking and sleeping his way through England’s loveliest ladies. The gore factor looks pretty high in this one, and Rhys-Meyers a perfect version of a young, sexy Count.
You can check out the latest trailer for Dracula below and let us know what you think.
Dracula swoops onto NBC on October 25, 2013. Just in time for Halloween.