DVD Review: DRACULA IN VEGAS

DRACULA IN VEGAS was written and directed by Nick Millard and stars Maximillian Grabinger, April Leigh, Flora Myers and Sam Gartner

Dracula in Vegas … and necking will never be the same. It’s Auf wiedersehen, Germany. Hello, Las Vegas when young vampire Max (Munich’s very own Maximillian Grabinger) makes the University of Nevada his college of choice. Not only does the school offer great academic corpses, er, courses, the campus is teeming with beautiful young ladies and an ample blood supply. But when Max falls for gorgeous coed Christine, his love for her and a desire to settle down comes under the scrutiny of his parents, nosferatu with a more traditional vampire ethos.

Maybe Max’s Uncle Felonious, a director of “art” films (who espouses the cinematic philosophies of Hitchcock and Rossellini) will put him on the straight and narrow. But don’t be fooled: Dracula in Vegas is not a bleak, Bergmanesque view of the undead. It offers thrills & chills, and laughs & gasps in equal measure, along with some awesome fang work. Dracula in Vegas, the vampire film with bite, is written and directed by Nick Millard (Cemetery Sisters) and produced by Flora Myers (aka Frances Millard).

The front of the packaging features the retro Slasher//Video artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The DVD disc also features some matching artwork and movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were okay quality and suitable for viewing. The video and audio are just above V/H/S quality if that helps any. This is guerilla style filmmaking so the video and audio footage are raw, straight from the old camcorder.

Bottom line is, Dracula in Vegas is no doubt one of the worst movies that I’ve ever witnessed in my life. This 1999 horror-comedy is an amateurish attempt at filmmaking that’s loaded with cheesy dialogue, bad acting, and extremely poor special effects. The SFX pretty much include dime store plastic vampire teeth and off color fake blood. Millard’s previous movies include Death Nurse, Death Nurse 2 and Cemetery Sisters which were all poor quality but still kind of enjoyable but Dracula in Vegas is the bottom of the barrel and is more of a raw video shoot than a full length feature. Still, I’m fully aware that there’s an audience for this because I personally know several horror fanatics who will get a kick out of it. Dracula in Vegas makes its DVD debut on August 29th, but be warned, this one doesn’t have much bite to it.

Distributor: Olive Films / Martini Entertainment / Slasher Video

Run Time: 62 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen (1.33:1) Color

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, interviews, images and a trailer. The good thing about this one is the fact that Olive Films did include some extras for this obscure release.

  • Audio commentary with director Nick Millard, Irmi Millard, and Slasher // Video’s Jesus Terán
  • Interview with director Nick Millard and Producer Irmi Millard (17:55)
  • Photo Gallery (04:56)
  • Trailer (03:01)

 

 

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