First Poster for DRACULA UNTOLD Starring Luke Evans and a Cape Made out of Bats

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Universal has released the first Dracula Untold poster.  What was “untold”?  The origins of Dracula, which we were all aching to see, I guess.  I suppose tacking on “untold” is better than “Dracula: Origins” or the original title, “Dracula: Year Zero“, but it’s probably underwhelming no matter what because Dracula is pretty tired at this point.  Perhaps this origin story, which marks the feature directing debut of Gary Shore, is a fresh, interesting take on the character.  Part of that take apparently involves a cape comprised of flying rodents.

Hit the jump to check out the Dracula Untold poster.  The film opens October 17th and stars Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Diarmaid Murtagh, Dominic Cooper, and Samantha Barks. [Update: Universal has released a second poster, which we've added after the jump.]

Via IMP Awards.

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  • Ted

    that wouldve been a pretty awesome Batman movie poster

    • Unicron

      There’s an amazing poster out there, under Mondo, for TDKR!
      It’s not official but you will gush for joy!
      Was posted on collider too so have a search (sorry I can’t link)
      xoxo

  • lalo3d

    The Dark Knight….

  • Ryan DiBenedetto

    Pretty cool poster

  • John Aguiar

    CGI overload on the way?!

  • Collider fan

    The same condescending writing style could more or less be applied to virtually every Hollywood blockbuster. It’s interesting what movies Matt decides to use this for. But it often leads him to jump to conclusions just to maintain his smug ‘critic’al stance. Do you really think Dracula will have a cape made out of rodents? Or do you think it’s possible, just maybe, that the image is merely for this promotional poster? Either way, I suppose asking it as a question in the article wouldn’t be as cool as the wording Matt chose. (Often chooses)

    Again, I think Matt is a gifted writer and his blog can be very interesting. It’s just one thing to infuse negative reviews with a certain tone and comments but to carry that over to something as simple as reporting on a poster being released and using it to attack a movie as opposed to just commenting on poster quality itself (ex. XMen Days of Future Past) is a bit absurd.

    • awerq

      Gary Shore is that you?

    • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

      Obviously, the cape probably won’t be made of bats. But the notion of it is amusing to me, and would make the film more entertaining. There aren’t enough power capes in the world. Spawn and Cloak can’t do it all on their own.

      • The Flobbit

        Matt, I think you’re missing the point. You have a lot of power as a film critic. Your opinions, humorous and well-meant as they may be, actually have an effect on the performance of a film, and the excitement of potential viewers.

        I think you owe it to film-makers out there not to belittle or insult their films, or to pass judgement on how “tired” Dracula is at this point (bar Michael Bay or Adam Sandler films. There you have a right – no, a duty – to do the opposite!), because it’s on people like you that the fortunes of films rise (The Raid, Edge of Tomorrow) and fall (The Lone Ranger, After Earth).

        Now, I may not agree with you all the time, Matt, but I realize your job is to insert your opinions into the articles. And you’re entitled to it. I just don’t think you’re entitled to ruin a films prospects.

      • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

        Flobbit, spare me the hyperbole. This isn’t “So Goes Goldberg, So Goes the Nation”.

      • The Flobbit

        Once again, Matt Goldberg misses the point…

      • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

        Then make your point better.

      • The Flobbit

        The point: A film reporter or critic should not use his influence, however minimal, to ruin a film’s chances for success. He should present his opinion accurately and civilly, in a way that leaves audiences to form their own opinions, and films to win or lose on their own merits.

      • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

        First, thanks for telling me what I should and should not do. I don’t answer to you, but it’s cute that you think I do.

        Second, a film reporter or critic should be HONEST. If something looks awful, they should say so. Otherwise, they’re a publicist.

        Third, audiences can form their own opinions regardless of a critic’s opinion. Did my opinion on this poster or how I think this movie might turn out make you physically incapable of forming your own thoughts?

        Finally, films don’t “win” or “lose”. It’s not a contest. It’s not a game. It’s not something that can be objectively measured. They either work or don’t work for the individual viewer.

      • The Flobbit

        You make some good points, Matt. I’m not trying to tell you what to do. You asked for my “point” and I gave it to you. And you are right about honesty. But you shouldn’t pass judgement on films that you know next to nothing about. These posters are visually striking and show a level of craft. For all we know, Dracula Untold could actually be good movie.

        Third, audiences can and do form their own opinions, but in recent years there have been films that flop almost solely because of bad reviews. The Lone Ranger is the greatest example of this. But the point of the original poster above was that you insert your opinions not only into reviews, but also into posters and casting announcements. And yes, before you remind us, I know that’s your job. I just wish your opinions were a little less obvious.

        Finally, I have to argue that films do win or lose. A film that has made a profit at the box office, and recieves favourable reviews wins. Whereas one that fails to make back its budget and gets terrible reviews loses. Yes, you cannot measure it, but to say that a film’s success cannot be measured is wrong.

      • The Flobbit

        You make some good points, Matt. I’m not trying to tell you what to do. You asked for my “point” and I gave it to you. And you are right about honesty. But you shouldn’t pass judgement on films that you know next to nothing about. These posters are visually striking and show a level of craft. For all we know, Dracula Untold could actually be good movie.

        Third, audiences can and do form their own opinions, but in recent years there have been films that flop almost solely because of bad reviews. The Lone Ranger is the greatest example of this. But the point of the original poster above was that you insert your opinions not only into reviews, but also into posters and casting announcements. And yes, before you remind us, I know that’s your job. I just wish your opinions were a little less obvious.

        Finally, I have to argue that films do win or lose. A film that has made a profit at the box office, and recieves favourable reviews wins. Whereas one that fails to make back its budget and gets terrible reviews loses. Yes, you cannot measure it, but to say that a film’s success cannot be measured is wrong.

      • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

        Did I pass judgment on this movie? No. I said “but it’s probably underwhelming no matter
        what because Dracula is pretty tired at this point. Perhaps this
        origin story, which marks the feature directing debut of Gary Shore, is a fresh, interesting take on the character.” That’s ambivalence backed up by the fact that in recent memory the Dracula TV series and Dracula 2000 flopped hard. Yes, it could be a good movie. This article isn’t a review of Dracula Untold. It’s an assessment of marketing and concept. The fact that you can’t tell the difference between movie and marketing is disconcerting.

        If you think The Lone Ranger flopped solely because of bad reviews, you clearly have no idea what they hell you’re talking about. Disney marketed the movie like crazy. If people wanted to see the movie, they would have. Critics trash Transformers and Twilight time and time again, but those movies were hit. Critics have some pull on smaller movies, but we’re a smaller voice when it comes to the marketing machine of blockbusters.

        As to the “obviousness” of my opinions, you’re going to have to learn to live with that. I don’t meekly poke my head out and quietly equivocate. I say what I believe. If you don’t want opinions, there are other sites that will gladly service your entertainment needs.

        Finally, it’s not my job to see if a movie “wins” or “loses” at the box office. I don’t work for a movie studio. And when I say a film’s success can’t be measured, I’m right. You’re talking about financial success, which I find mostly uninteresting. If you’re talking about some Rotten Tomatoes score, that’s still nonsense because film criticism isn’t about aggregates, it’s about details.

      • The Flobbit

        Alright Matt. If you want me to say “you win”, you’ve got it. You win. My heart is not in arguing with you (although I could soundly refute a few of your above points).

        Let me chalk this up to me disagreeing with the ways you do some things. Cheers.

      • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

        I don’t care about “winning or losing” this argument. But I am as bored with it as you are.

      • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

        First, thanks for telling me what I should and should not do. I don’t answer to you, but it’s cute that you think I do.

        Second, a film reporter or critic should be HONEST. If something looks awful, they should say so. Otherwise, they’re a publicist.

        Third, audiences can form their own opinions regardless of a critic’s opinion. Did my opinion on this poster or how I think this movie might turn out make you physically incapable of forming your own thoughts?

        Finally, films don’t “win” or “lose”. It’s not a contest. It’s not a game. It’s not something that can be objectively measured. They either work or don’t work for the individual viewer.

  • Grayden

    Hopefully this is more about Vlad as a Christian and all the shit he did to defend the church against the Turks. Seeing how he becomes Dracula as opposed to another movie about Dracula himself. Alternatively, it’d be kinda cool to see the superhuman Dracula fighting against an inquisition-like force seeking to destroy him.

    • The Flobbit

      Considering he committed genocides, war-crimes, and killed somewhere between 40,000-100,000 men, women, and children (many of which he allegedly roasted and fed to their mothers), I’d have to ask myself just how Christian he actually was…

      • eternalozzie

        that’s straight up old testament gansta christain

      • The Flobbit

        Get off of his promised land. Joshua Untold. Rated R.

      • mattinacan

        sounds very christian to me

      • The Flobbit

        In what way? In the “thou shalt not kill” way? Or perhaps the “love your neighbour way”? Yes, there are Christians who do both these things, but brutally killing a hundred thousand people is hardly following the teachings of Christ…

      • Not Scorsese

        The Christian religion on its own is responsible for more death and suffering than we will ever fully realize. Take your Christ is good rambling and stick it up your arse!

      • The Flobbit

        For all the death and suffering Christianity has caused, the religions of Islam, Hinduism, and probably even the religions of the Aztecs and Egyptians have caused even more. I realize that there have been dark times in Christianity’s history (The conquest of South America, for instance), but that does not mean that Christianity is responsible for death, nor does it give you the right to insult my faith.

    • Jamesy

      I watched an interview last night actually whilst on a YouTube interview spree, where Evans said this is a story that shows Vlad as a leader, and how he was feared by his enemies but also revered by them, showing how he stopped the Ottoman Empire and such, leading in to the Dracula we know so it’s much more of an origins story. I love Dracula as a character but because so many people know, or think they know the story it can be a hard to make something that stands out. I would LOVE a Dracula movie by Cary Fukunaga or Nicolas Winding Refn, just an all out gothic, gory, beautifully shot Dracula.

  • milo

    I forget, is judging a book by it’s cover a good thing or a bad thing…

    • The Flobbit

      Judging a movie by it’s poster is not always wise (see the recent Godzilla).

  • Agent777

    I’ll see it, but Evans just comes off a to damn nice to be tough-as-nails Vlad the Impaler.

  • http://www.rockydavies.com/ RockyDavies

    Vampire Origins: The Rise of Dracula

    • The Flobbit

      Vlad Begins

  • The Flobbit

    That is goddamn beautiful. The armor is rich and scary, and the image is striking. I wasn’t very excited this movie, but if the quality of the film is as memorable as this poster, bring it on!

  • cineast4

    More than a hint of Coppola in that armour…

    • The Flobbit

      Now I can’t stop imagining Gary Oldman in that armor!

  • Johnny_Mook

    Does this project have anything to do with long-gestating Castlevania movie and/or that Hunnam script?

  • Mezmero

    I hope this makes up for Dracula 2000. I’m interested in this whole universe building that they are doing,it may be what comicbook movies do but it works. You have Dracula,Wolfman,The Mummy,The Creature From The Black Lagoon,Frankenstein’s Monster and so on. Damn Van Helsing has nobody to back him up unless they have a new O’Connell Lmao.

    • Mike

      “I’m interested in this whole universe building that they are doing…”

      Please stop.

      • Mezmero

        How about I won’t and say I did. You suck balls Mike.

  • Yurine

    cape for day’s.

  • Theodore Trout
  • Chachi

    I’m cautiously optimistic. Vampires as a genre is played out but Dracula is appealing because Bram Stoker’s novel is timeless and still so damn good, even today. If they’ve been able to channel the DNA of that character into this film it may be pretty cool. If this is ‘late to the party’ cash in on vampires…could be brutal.

    But yeah, someone at Universal should have done some ‘bats turning into something movie poster’ googling. Little too close to this one.

    http://www.moviescreening.co.uk/images/batman%20begins.jpg

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