Universal’s next big screen appearance of the iconic vampire Dracula is coming this month in The Last Voyage of the Demeter, and a new featurette teases what could be the most terrifying interpretation of the legendary bloodsucker yet.
In the “Look Inside” promo video, director Andre Ovredal says, “I want this to be the scariest depiction of Dracula ever.” The featurette offers new footage of Dracula as he appears in the film, a bat-man creature portrayed by Javier Botet.
Based on a single chilling chapter from Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula, The Last Voyage of the Demeter tells the terrifying story of the merchant ship Demeter, which was chartered to carry private cargo—fifty unmarked wooden crates—from Carpathia to London. Strange events befall the doomed crew as they attempt to survive the ocean voyage, stalked each night by a merciless presence onboard the ship. When the Demeter finally arrives off the shores of England, it is a charred, derelict wreck. There is no trace of the crew.
The film stars Corey Hawkins (In the Heights, Straight Outta Compton) as Clemens, a doctor who joins the Demeter crew, Aisling Franciosi (Game of Thrones, The Nightingale) as an unwitting stowaway, Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones, Clash of the Titans) as the ship’s captain, and David Dastmalchian (Late Night with the Devil, Batman: The Long Halloween) as the Demeter’s first mate. The film also features Jon Jon Briones (Ratched, American Horror Story), Stefan Kapicic (Deadpool films, Better Call Saul), Nikolai Nikolaeff (Stranger Things, Bruised) and Javier Botet (It films, Mama) as Dracula.
From DreamWorks Pictures and the producers of Zodiac and Black Swan, The Last Voyage of the Demeter is directed by Norwegian horror virtuoso André Øvredal (Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark, The Autopsy of Jane Doe), from a script by Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room), Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters) and Zak Olkewicz (the upcoming Bullet Train), based on the chapter “The Captain’s Log” of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
The film is produced by Brad Fischer and by Oscar-nominated producer Mike Medavoy and Arnold Messer for Phoenix Pictures, and is executive produced by Matthew Hirsch.
The Last Voyage of the Demeter will depart into theaters on August 11.
You can watch the new behind the scenes featurette, as well as the official trailer, below.
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