I have been a fan of the Dracula novel and most of the various film adaptations as well, so when I heard of this brand new version I couldn't wait to see it. Unfortunately, I shouldn't have wasted my time. This is the most stale, dramatically empty version of the story I've ever seen. Most of the versions prior to this, although never a straight presentation of the novel, did put parts of it on screen. This one, in a move to be 'daring' and 'sexy' chose to put in a plot line about a sexually transmitted disease and for the action to be filmed at jaunty angles. Everyone is woefully miscast, especially Marc Warren as the Count. There is no mystery about him, no air of menace, just blandness. Not only that, but where are his brides? His transformations into a wolf or a bat? Where's the race against time finale? There's just no driving force in this adaptation at all. One of the most crucial characters, Van Helsing, doesn't appear until the last 25 minutes. And one of the most crucial scenes - Lucy's transformation and destruction happens in the last 10 minutes. Catch any of the Hammer movies, they're infinately better. Or check out the 1970's version with Frank Langella - a superb movie and possibly the best version to date. Anything to avoid this!