#SheReviews Film: Dracula: Voyage of the Demeter

August 11, 2023

Last night I embarked on a terrifying journey with Dracula, and I survived. So much so I have a feeling there could be a sequel. DRACULA: Voyage of the Demeter was different to what I expected yet captured my attention. 

When I received my invitation from Think Tank Communications on behalf of Studio Canal, I had preconceived images of the old world Dracula living in his ancient fortress in Romania. It appears, though, he had left the building. For most of the movie, we were at sea along with Dracula in his earth-filled coffin. Shrouded in neither the traditional black high neck cloak nor hat, Dracula’s appearance closely resembles the skin of a bat. Therefore, for the traditional Dracula fans, keep an open mind about where this movie will take you. I coped surprisingly well with the scary scenes particularly when the music eluded us to be ready for something to happen. There were moments I would look down then peep through squinted eyes. I enjoyed the film and look forward to what will happen next.   


Based on a single chilling chapter, the Captains log, from Bram Stoker’s 1897 classic novel, Dracula: Voyage of the Demeter the film tells the terrifying story of the merchant ship Demeter. Chartered to transport a private cargo of unmarked wooden crates, the Old Russian schooner carried more than it bargained for. The horrific journey from Carpathia (located at the border of Romania and Ukraine) to London became a crews worse nightmare.

Little did the doomed crew know they had an elusive and merciless additional passenger as a number of strange and frightening events began to unfold.   Each night the crew became increasingly unsettled confronted by gruesome discoveries.  They soon found their attempt to survive the ocean voyage was becoming less and less likely. When the Demeter finally reaches Whitby Harbour in London, it is a charred and derelict wreck and it seems that there are no survivors. 

Cast and Crew

Key Cast: Corey Hawkins (as Clemens the doctor also in Heights & Straight Outta Compton), Aisling Franciosi (from Game of Thrones as the unwitting stowaway), Liam Cunningham (as the ship’s Captain also from Game of Thrones, Clash of the Titans), and David Dastmalchian (as the Demeter’s first mate and from Dune, the Ant-Man franchise). 

Director: André Øvredal

Screenplay: Bragi F. Schut, Stefan Ruzowitzky and Zak Olkewicz, based on “The Captain’s Log” from Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Producer: Brad Fischer, Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer (Oscar nominated)

Executive Producer: Matthew Hirsch

Released in cinemas only 10 August

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