|Dracula: The Dark Prince|
|Directed by||Pearry Reginald Teo|
|Written by||Nicole Jones-Dion|
Pearry Reginald Teo
|Produced by||Steven Paul|
|Edited by||Stephen Eckelberry|
Robert A. Ferretti
|Music by||Mario Grigorov|
Castel Film Romania
|Distributed by||Lionsgate Home Entertainment|
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Dracula: The Dark Prince is a 2013 American fantasy horror film directed by Pearry Reginald Teo and written by Nicole Jones-Dion and Steven Paul. The film stars Luke Roberts, Jon Voight, Kelly Wenham and Ben Robson. Dracula: The Dark Prince is an (R) Rated film due to some violence and Sexuality/Nudity. The film was shot in Romania and was released on October 15, 2013.
Dracula, a Romanian prince, Knight of the Secret Order of the Dragon, and direct descendant of Abel, is charged with vanquishing the Turks from his homeland. While on the campaign, he appoints his wife Elizabeth to rule in his place. However, when he returns, he finds his wife and knights have been murdered by his advisers, who were unhappy with his ways. He murders them but spares one, who remained loyal; with the aid of a faithful squire (who is fatally wounded), an enraged Dracula turns against God and is cursed to spend an eternity in loneliness.
Centuries later, a group of keepers is attacked by a monstrous undead armoured figure known as Wrath in their quest to find the Lightbringer, the only weapon that can kill Dracula. Sisters Alina and Esme are entrusted to bring the Lightbringer to Leonardo Van Helsing as their guards ward off an attack. A band of thieves led by Lucian finds the sisters and steals the Lightbringer. Leonardo arrives just before the band is attacked by Wrath and his undead. During the struggle, Lucian manages to activate the Lightbringer, revealing that he is a descendant of Cain and able to wield the weapon. He manages to injure Wrath with the weapon, but most of the thieves are killed, and Alina is kidnapped by Wrath and brought to Dracula.
Dracula recognizes Alina as his murdered bride and instructs his advisor Renfield to protect her, during which time Leonardo tells a skeptical Lucian about his lineage. The group discovers that the Lightbringer is activated by Lucian's blood, killing the undead, and Leonardo says that with Dracula's blood, it could bring the dead to life. At the castle, Alina attempts to leave but is stopped by one of the new residents, Demetria, who shows her the dining room and says that they like living there. As she becomes entranced by the atmosphere, the courtiers, who are revealed to be vampires, attempt to bite her, but Dracula rescues Alina just in time.
At Betriz, Esme, Leonardo, and Lucian arrive at a gathering of demon hunters, where they meet Andros, an axe-wielding giant hunter who looks to avenge his sister, taken long ago. Leonardo tells how one who is bitten can either suffer forever, become a slave, or be killed. Andros decides to join the group to find Dracula's castle. Wrath and his undead once again attack the group but is mortally wounded by the Lightbringer. He returns to the castle and is revived by Dracula.
At the castle, Dracula offers Alina his wife's necklace. The necklace grants Alina his wife's memories, and she sees how Dracula was a tender lover long ago. Dracula later shows her the night sky and speaks to her of his search for his lost love. Later still, the couple dance and Dracula tells her his hope- that he will be able to use the Lightbringer to prevent God from ever taking someone's love from them again.
Outside, the group finds Dracula's castle with the aid of the Lightbringer and infiltrates it. As the group split up to look for Alina, Leonardo is defeated by Wrath and bitten by his vampires. Demetria, who is revealed to be Andros' long-lost sister, tries to bite him before Esme kills her. Lucian finds Alina, and the two rendezvous with the group, but the castle's vampires awaken and attack. During the ensuing fight, Leonardo uses his crossbow to break the ceiling, letting in the daylight and allowing the group to escape. Wrath catches up with the group, but Andros embeds his axe into him, using him as an anchor, which helps the group to fast-rope down to safety. Wrath is pulled into the light and dies.
The group gathers demon hunters outside and storm the castle. As one of Dracula's knight attempt to harm Alina, she calls to him, and Dracula protects her, turning on his knights. Renfield (overseeing the battle) bites Lucian and uses his blood to wound Dracula as he is holding Alina. Renfield reveals that he is the one who led the betrayal of Dracula and the actual one who killed Erzebet. He prepares to kill Alina, but Esme kills Renfield. Lucian stops Andros from attacking Dracula, almost fatally wounded, and Alina helps him to his coffin. As she begs him to heal himself, he tells her, "Let me spend these last moments with you; it is better than a century alone."
Lucian vanishes into the wilderness with a broken heart, Leonardo's descendants continue to hunt vampires, and Alina continues to wait to be reunited with her love, Dracula.
Flickering Myth reviewed the film as having "lacklustre direction, cheap sets [and] poor CGI".