In July of 1897, the Russian schooner Demeter set sail with a small crew of men, Clemens (Corey Hawkins), Abrams (Chris Walley), Olgaren (Stefan Kapicic), Petrofsky (Nikolai Nikolaeff), Wojchek (David Dastmalchian), Joseph (Jon Jon Briones), Larsen (Martin Furulund), the captain’s young son Toby (Woody Norman) and the captain himself Eliot (Liam Cunningham) from Carpathia to London. They carried Twenty-four unmarked wooden crates, contents unknown.
Throughout their journey, destined to reach London by early August, strange things began to occur aboard the ship. A stowaway, Anna (Aisling Franciosi) was discovered on the ship and the crew had no idea where she came from but only that she was very ill. Luckily Clemens was a schooled doctor and knew that what Anna needed were transfusions which were supplied by the crew. But Anna wasn’t the only stranger on board the Demeter, since someone is killing all the animals on the ship including Toby’s dog. Soon thereafter, one by one the men began being killed with their throats ripped open like from a savage animal. What the men discover is that the animal is a bat-like creator known as Dracula. As the men dwindle away each night the remaining men know they need to kill this creature before they reach London or it will kill and multiple like something man has never seen.
I am a huge horror fan and although I liked this film. for me it was a bit to dark and I mean in the lighting category. I know back in those days at night they used lanterns so the lighting was minimal but for the film it made it too difficult to see the creature at times. I thought the writing was well done but the direction could have been a bit more horrifying to match the magnificent score. I was intrigued in the story but not frightened although others in the theater seemed to be. The acting is superb by Hawkins, Furulund and Cunningham and as for the others they were a good support system to the story. Overall, this is a good film based on a single chapter of the Captain’s log, from Bram Stoker’s classic 1897 novel “Dracula”. I will definitely say that the story does not end here. As for the animals in the story none of them stood a chance and were all brutally killed including the poor dog.