Posted by James
Year of Release: 2004
Genre: Horror / Sci-Fi
IMDB Rating: 2 / 10
Level of Awful: Requires Post-Film Lobotomy
Breast-O-Meter: 0 / 5
WHAT IT’S ABOUT:
Holy sweet mother of God my brain… I’m not much of a vampire fan, my preference has always been with zombies. None of this intelligence nonsense, just eat the damn human and be done with it. I’m sure I’m not the only one with this prejudice, which is why Dracula 3000 is actually quite heart warming: a vampire movie that was clearly made by a horde of mindless zombies. This isn’t so much a movie as it is 86 minutes worth of shots of a storage / boiler room with various morons running around in it. If they were going for a Jason X kind of vibe they missed the mark horribly. I honestly cannot think of a single person I would recommend this movie to. If you are unfortunate enough to come across it expose it to sunlight (or a blowtorch) and wait until it melts.
In the year 2950 the spaceship Demeter was just cruising through the universe when it ran into a spot of bother. After picking up some cargo the ship’s crew all became mysteriously ill and the captain began to lose control of the ship as all the guidance systems began to fail and the engines failed to fire. I’m sure the captain’s wife had very similar complaints, but that’s a story for another day. When the ship’s emergency distress signals would no longer go out the Demeter became lost in space for the next 50 years. In the year 3000 Captain Abraham van Helsing and his ship, the Mother III, are also cruising through the universe and just happen to stumble upon the Demeter. Given the size of the universe the fact that you would stumble across anything at all is quite remarkable, but here we are. Claiming salvage rights on the Demeter van Helsing and his crew board the stricken star liner to see what happened to it and just how much they can make off with.
Accompanying van Helsing is the most useless crew space ever has or ever will see. Aurora is the token blonde who’s an uncomfortable cross between radical feminist and sex kitten. Mina is the whiny female intern that tries to do stuff but can only accomplish things with the help of men. Our on board professor is a cripple who actually seems to know very little about anything other than whining and hiding under things. Then we have our two stock black characters: the pot head, 187, and the take-no-shit-and-kick-your-puny-white-ass Humvee. Points must be given for their collective intelligence: as soon as they discover the very first rotten corpse tied to a chair with a crucifix in its hand they have this sneaky suspicion that something may have gone wrong on the ship. Van Helsing’s the loose bolt in the fine machine that is the collective intelligence of the crew since he’s not going to let one little rotten corpse and rooms littered with crucifixes frighten him off from collecting a little scrap metal. He’s far too manly for that kind of thing.
So what could have possibly happened to the Demeter? Well, you see, what happened goes a little something like this: while cruising through the galaxy the ship received a transmission from the planet Transylvania in the Carpathian star system. No I’m not making a joke, that’s really where they were. Since none of this set off any alarm bells the Demeter’s captain obviously wasn’t going to question why he was transporting over a dozen coffins through space towards Earth. Turns out that Transylvania is a vampire planet (gasp, shock, horror) and Count Orlock, the head vampire, wants to be taken to Earth for a little snack. Oh, if only now, 50 years later, there coincidentally happened to be the descendant of some of the best vampire hunters in history on board the Demeter! If such a hero were here then perhaps he could save the day and defeat the evil Count? Even if he had to do so while being surrounded by useless professors, whiny women and stereotyped black men. To be fair I didn’t see the ending coming. The flip side of that coin, however, is that the ending is awful and makes you want to throw a brick through the TV. You have all been warned.
LIFE’S LESSONS LEARNED:
- Women dream of a life where they can work alongside sweaty men for no pay.
- Lacking a sustainable blood source, vampires transform into beach sand and hibernate.
- Vampires make whooshing noises whenever they move.
- Most intergalactic starships come equipped with a modest speed internet connection.
- Only white people suck other people’s blood.
- Women should be tied up and held captive whenever they offer advice that may save your life.
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Posted on May 11, 2012, in Awful Level: Lobotomy and tagged 2004, b grade, blood, cargo, Casper van Dien, coffin, Coolio, Dracula 3000, drugs, dying planet, Earth, Horror, hunt, Orlock, robots, sabotage, salvage, space ship, Transylvania, universe. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.
*giggles* This sounds amazingly horrible. I can’t wait to watch it. Plus, I’m a sucker for those “stumbling upon a spaceship” movies.
Horrible doesn’t begin to describe this. And I still can’t get over the stumbling upon the space ship. Especially since the ship they rocked up in was so bloody tiny, how they got anywhere in the universe in that thing is astounding.
Been a fan of Van Dien since the first Starship Troopers and felt his career should have been so much more than what it turned out to be.
I foresee him having a very long and prosperous career as a b-actor. If he can up the level of smarmy 20 or so years from now Eric Roberts can finally pass on the crown.
I have never heard of this movie but having read your review it has just gone to the top of my to see list, looks awesomely bad.
If you’re going to watch this, I suggest you keep a bottle of strong liquor at hand to see you through it.
I too, liked Van Dien in Starship Troopers, and I don’t know how his name became synonymous with bad movies!
I’m going to put it down to poor choices and the fact that directors only ever want him to pull one facial expression.
I saw this movie with some friends a couple of years ago. Since then we have the expression “Dracula 3000 ending” which means that you just end the movie when it suits you, preferably with a big explosion. 🙂
I like the phrase. It’s similar to my new verb, “to Debbie Gibson”, meaning to begin a movie when you really aren’t prepared for it. Came from a screening of Mega Python VS Gatoroid.