DRACULA UNTOLD Trailer: Luke Evans Stars in the Origin Story of the World’s Most Famous Vampire

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Universal has released the first Dracula Untold trailer.  The movie tells the origins of the man who would become the infamous vampire.  This trailer goes beyond the scant logline, and explains that Dracula started out as a good guy, but in order to protect his family, he had to become the bloodsucking bad guy we all know today.  It looks more interesting than I thought it would be, and I really like the costumes.  At the very least, there seems to be some potential for a good story rather than just pretty visual effects and cashing in on the brand.

Hit the jump to check out the Dracula Untold trailer plus five new images.  The film opens October 17th, and stars Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Diarmaid Murtagh, and Dominic Cooper.

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Here’s the official logline for Dracula Untold:

Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6, Immortals) stars in Dracula Untold, the origin story of the man who became Dracula.  Gary Shore directs and Michael De Luca produces the epic action-adventure.

Click here for Steve’s interview with Evans where he talks about the movie.

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  • andi

    the melodramatic emo song sung straight faced really sold me….

    • $9530041

      It looks like a goth and melodramatic night at the movies doesn’t it.

      • At tila

        Fresh idea concerning the trailer song, isn’t it? I think it works.
        His costume is fantastic – no doubt.
        My first impression regarding design: the movie could act as a Hobbit spin off.
        I like everything from Luke Evans. I love his face and I love his faces.
        And his beautiful legs as well.
        And I hate the fact that I am not his boyfriend…

  • LEM

    That cover of “Everybody wants to rule the world” by Lorde is already overused,

  • Dan

    Just incase audiences can’t remember what they’re watching, show the title twice

    • alk

      I actually preferred the old style trailers that would repeat it over and over in clever ways, through carefully selected shots and soundbites.

  • DEADP00L


  • Werefon

    Bad Visual Effects + Bland Visual Style = Looks Promissing.

  • $9530041

    If there is anything more boring and uncreative then another zombie movie,
    its another vampire movie.

  • leonard

    Looks bloody good, a great Dracula movie overdue.

  • Grayden

    For a second the voice of the elder vampire that turns Dracul was Cumberbatch. To my surprise it was the re-animated corpse of Tywin Lannister!

  • alk

    I think i got Hollywood down to a formula..
    1. Take ICONIC CHARACTER [everyone knows]
    2. Strip away pretty much everything about him except key shallow traits
    3. Add obligatory battle scenes(For no reason but to have lots of CGI relevance)
    4. Protagonist has to be misunderstood/ a Hero originally turned bad
    5. And add a Christian allegory for good measure
    Wait for the $$$$$$ (or so they hope)

    • M kay

      nailed it

    • Grayden

      Except almost everything everybody knows about him was from Bram Stoker’s novella, and nothing of the man from which Stoker took his inspiration. From what this trailer shows, it doesn’t seem to follow that origin very much at all, which is fine by me. I’d rather see something more gothic in the period leading up to him becoming Dracula, than get another somber take on the tormented soul.

      If anything this looks to fall more in line with what Castlevania did with the Lords of Shadow 1 & 2 games; Gabriel being a righteous man, doing God’s work until he faces such tragedy that his faith is stripped away and becomes everything he once stood against. Only the misunderstanding of lesser mortals turns him into the evil, unholy creature we read about in Stoker’s book.

    • MITIOR

      yeah that pretty much covers everything.

  • Nathaniel Haywood

    Nothing new, but it looks like it could be entertaining. I like Luke Evans, and I’ll support any vampire movie that doesn’t have teenagers in it.

  • DejanCub

    I love Dracula story…. NBC’s Dracula had a lot of promise but they flopped it with different focus on another story line…. I understand where they are going with this movie but I am not expecting amazing story line…. But lot of blood shed and Dracula being maniac. All In all…. I will go and watch this film.

  • Bilbo Baggins

    Bard needs some Trublood.

  • agent777

    Isn’t that sort of rehashing the “concept” of Scorpion King? Especially given that the whole “Bat-fist” power is just like something out of the Mummy. This may be entertaining, but it certainly doesn’t look very good. In the snipets of backstory you get on Darcula in the novel it’s fairly clear he was studying and meddling with black magic and alchemy from the very beginning. That seems to me to be the better course for an origin story and truer to Universal’s roots.

  • Django9000

    Whoa. Wasnt expecting much of anything from this- but what perfect casting. Legendary is a brand I’m willing to follow into some dark places, to see what they’re really up to.

    • Django9000

      And every young studio needs some mid range fare to keep the lights on so- making better films in this vein then it’s I, Frankenstein/Van Helsing competition = (possibly) not a bad way to go.

  • Martin

    Dracula Begins looks good :P

  • habb

    One of the biggest tyrants ever lived on this planet is shown as a ” hero” …
    oh my…. And the ottomans are ” evil” or what….??

    • DEADP00L

      Of coooourse where have you been? Arabs, Persians and Turks are the irredeemable terrorists since time immemorial. 0-o

      • habb

        I really hoped that this project would be an epic historical piece that shows the origin story of vlad and how he became that myth.

        But that looks like the mummy or van helsing.

      • DEADP00L

        You’re asking too much of Hollywood. That would mean them being honest and allowing the historical record to actually tell the story – they don’t do that anymore. The rare times they do i usually revolves around an agenda.

      • Grayden

        All you would get is something like Alexander, Kingdom of Heaven, or Excalibur (which is excellent, mind you, but dated). Liberties were taken with all three, although Excalibur like Dracula is a folklore tale, and not an actual historical account.

        Does anyone want to see a story about the Wallachian prince who basically has all the responsibility of defeating the overwhelming Turkish army from invading their land, and Europe at large? AND, when he resorts to less than savory tactics to acheive this victory, the peoples of his own land decry and accost him for saving their lives. It could be dramatic if done in an epic and sweeping way, but to what end?

      • DEADP00L

        You just answered your own question to be honest. That entire summery you just wrote was quite compelling and actually the makings of a classic epic. I think people would watch that and it would carry a great moral behind: the ends doesn’t justify the means. OR a great line from Nolans TDK ‘ You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villian.’

        That movie would really be worth the watch, specifically if it were a no holds approach.

      • Grayden

        That’s basically the historical gist of Vlad Tepes III, actually. There’s way more obviously, but yeah, if done right and with all the subtext and political intrigue…it could be akin to Game of Thrones in terms of tone and drama. Great storytelling, imho.

      • DEADP00L

        I absolutely agree, you definitely got something going there. Your idea for a GOT approach is definitely another approach to this. And you are correct this has the makings of great drama and storytelling – now if ONLY Hollywood would wake up.

      • DEADP00L

        I absolutely agree, you definitely got something going there. Your idea for a GOT approach is definitely another approach to this. And you are correct this has the makings of great drama and storytelling – now if ONLY Hollywood would wake up.

    • Grayden

      Uh, the Ottoman Empire did attempt to invade and conquer Europe. They wanted to destroy Christianity and expand like the Persian Empire of antiquity. So yeah, historically speaking they are the bad guys.

      • agent777

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! You do know most Eastern Europeans preferred to be ruled by the Ottoman as opposed to the Europeans. You do know that during this period the Europeans were busy doing book purges while the Ottoman’s scrabbled to save these books? Also historically speaking there aren’t really good or bad guys.

      • Johnson

        Are you retarded… the ottomans trying to ‘save’ european books…

  • http://www.facebook.com/sangbaran Sam

    Looks less campier than Van Helsing

  • http://www.facebook.com/sangbaran Sam

    Looks less campier than Van Helsing

  • habb


    I mean the dude looked like this and was a maniac who killed a lot of people in a monstrous way…and now a pretty boy plays him and hes a hero like batman …

    • Grendal Sven

      He was known to impale his enemies on large spikes from ass to mouth, and then eat dinner outside among the corpses, totally got that from this new trailer.

  • Grendal Sven

    No, no, see you guys, you are getting it all wrong, it’s Dracula “untold!”

    See, if it bore any resemblance to any story you have ever read or watched about Dracula, it would be Dracula “told” wouldn’t it?

  • http://www.allentto.com/ Silviu

    The costumes are way beyond awful, he looks like tom cruise in the last samurai, and the ottomans … pffff. Sure, they had to ”carve” a dragon on his chest, cause why not, just because his father was in order of the dragon, a name which in Romania, has a totally different meaning. Costumes are not even close, and the story … don’t even get me started. As a person who lived all his life at 50 km from where Tepes was born, i feel a bit offended, but in the end, i know it’s just another inflated fantastic story of a great man.

    • Grayden

      You’re right, because romanticizing is stupid and everyone wants to see all these people wearing basically the same boring, dull costumes that are legit for the period. Forgetting that this is about Dracula, a fictional character, and not specifically Vlad Tepes, whom Dracula was LOOSELY based upon. Bram Stoker was a hack and butchered the image of Vlad ‘The Impaler’ Tepes from the golden boy of Wallachia he was to a debauched fiend of Victorian London. Not sure what movie you were wanting to see, but this is perfectly acceptable and isn’t some sparkly vampire shit we’ve been subjected to for some years now.

      • agent777

        Your the only hack here. Vlad has his merits, but the person who revitalized his image recently was a fucking Romanian dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, who did this to justify his DICTATORSHIP. That’s why people say “Oh did you hear Vlad THE IMPALER wasn’t that bad a guy.”. Stoker pulled Vlad from historical obscurity and I don’t see at what point he was ‘debauched’.

  • Theodore Trout


    ‘Startlingly original…Apocalyptic.’ – Vampires.com

    ‘Whatever becomes of Mr Trout’s film,
    the ideas inherent will be ‘borrowed’ and used in more movies for years to come’
    - Charles E. Butler, ‘The Romance of Dracula’

    Coming soon from Wildeye Releasing.

  • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

    Now, I actually want to see this! For second, though, I thought I was listening to Benedict Cumberbatch not Charles Dance…

  • Royale With Cheese

    Luke Evans needs a winner. Please, let this be it.

    P.S. I thought this was an upcoming TV series up until this post, lol.

  • Gerry Rock

    Damn I was expecting a story about the fights and legacy about Vlad III and maybeeee… at the end, see a dying Vlad looking for help and turning into the monster we all know, but just a glimpse… not all the damn movie about a vampire!!

  • Mezmero

    Well looks like they got him right this time! And I still hope the make this a monster universe like Marvel just on this movie alone. I could care less what anybody thinks.

    • agent777

      Universal actually did that in the 40′s. First shared universe in a live action film I think.

  • Geoffrey Smart

    hahaha, that’s looks absolutely terrible.

  • Anon

    So that’s how you jam an entire movie into 1 trailer.

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