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NBC’s Dracula Series Gets A Trailer, Is Inexplicably Odd

After watching this trailer for NBC’s new Dracula series starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, I can honestly say I have no idea what they’re going for here. The trailer is, for lack of a better word, weird. Everything about it just feels…weird. And this is coming from a person who legitimately enjoyed Dracula 2000. It does have a few actors from other genre shows we enjoy though and it’s set to air Friday nights this fall. Will you be watching?

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  • Manu Zolezzi

    I for one am all right with their new take on the story, even if it mixes and matches from several other versions of Dracula, mostly because JRM is awesome. It didn’t look weird to me; it just looked like a teaser.

  • Cherry&Cinnamon

    This more or less looks like a rehash of Bram Stokers Dracula, by Coppola in the 90′s

  • Jen ‘Usellis’ Mackay

    I watched Moonlight so I’m probably the least likely candidate to turn down this one without giving it a few weeks. :)

  • Anonymous

    I guess someone was like “Twilight + Downton Abbey = GOLD!” I’m a little confused by the trailer, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.

  • jennydecki

    That trailer has the EXACT same vibe as the original trailer for 666 Park Avenue. From the “known” character actors to the camera work. I liked that show and I hope this one fares better. It’s different (until three more shows do something similar and then it’s suddenly a Shonda Rhimes production).

  • Heather Wells

    I’m not entirely sure what you mean by “weird”… but I for one enjoyed the trailer and look forward to watching the series.

  • Omega Orion Maverick

    I do not see it as weird, maybe poorly edited.

  • Doris Smith

    Hmmm, I’m not a Jonathan Rhys Meyers’s fan, but I am intrigued by the trailer.

  • Pamela

    Am I the only one who got to the light bulb part and thought… it’s Nikola Tesla as a melodramatic vampire? (Didn’t they do that on Sanctuary?)

    It doesn’t look particularly weird to me, but it does look interesting. It’s kind of nice to see a show going back to the more Gothic victorian vampire trope rather than the modern stuff that’s been so prevalent lately. There are only so many vegetarian vampires a girl can take.

    Also Dracula 2000. I always feel a weird kinship with people who enjoy that movie. It’s delightfully terrible and so hilarious.

  • Gordon Borland

    Anno Dracula would work really well as a show.

  • Vicky Tosh-Morelli

    What was up with his voice? Certainly would be dumb to have the “transylvanian” accent but his flat American sounding one doesn’t work. And his facial hair makes his look like Prince.

  • ALittleBitNerdy

    Other than the characters of Johnathan and Mina and obviously the presence of Vampires I can see nothing at all relating to Dracula. :| otherwise it looks nice! just wish they wouldn’t name it Dracula.

  • WheelchairNinja

    For crying out loud, Mina Murray is not the reincarnation of Dracula’s wife! That was the worst part of Bram Stoker’s Dracula (edging out Keanu Reeves’ English accent by **thiiiis much**). It takes her from being an strong, technologically proficient woman (for the time) and turns her into just another doe-eyed victim.

    Also, the role of Dracula’s slave Renfield is being played by a black man. Coincidence?

  • Travis Langley

    Dracula hides his natural accent by sounding American? Maybe he’s posing as an American named Alexander Grayson. Has no filmmaker learned over the course of decades that audiences do not dig the reincarnation angle?

  • Shard Aerliss

    “Ooh, JRM… oh, Downton and the Tudors.” That don’t bode well for me.

    I don’t know about weird, but you’re right with “what are they going for here?” Vlad as seriously miffed widower? Okay. Good guy against a dark, ancient order? He is a national hero in some parts and was a Templar, I think? Or a similar order. Dracula as good guy? Pushing it, but intriguing. Dark and brooding, wallowing in his vampiric curse? *rolls eyes* I guess Drac’s allowed to take that back from the sparkle brigade. Renfield’s not completely off his rocker? Now you’ve lost me.

    This is probably an awful trailer that really doesn’t reflect what the show is though. I’ll give it a shot…

  • Susan Steeves

    Didn’t find it weird at all…what a let down.

  • DJRM

    This looks like it might be good. On the other hand as someone who has read Dracula I wish someday someone would make a more accurate version that makes use of all the characters and not just the Harkers and Renfield. Also I wish they would not romantically shipping Dracula and Mina because that was not in the book, if anything the only reason Dracula was interested in Mina was to get revenge on the other guys for putting Lucy Westerna to rest.

  • Bethany Dean

    There’s too many things going on here… electricity/reincarnation/slo-mo-kung-fu… it might just be me, but the whole dark-and-decadent Victorian burlesque thing has been done to death as well. Looks like a mishmash of worn themes, positive discrimination and bad accents… but, as others have said, it looks a bit TOO odd – hopefully just a poorly edited trailer.

  • Jim

    “I will find him and destroy him”

    Using primarily her bajinga one is left to assume.

  • Daniel Jacobs

    I had talked about that… I a) hope they work out to make the female characters to be very strong but I worry they won’t and b) they are going to have to write Renfield VERY well or else have some very “unfortunate implications” to put it nicely… I think they maybe going with Batman/Alfred feel with Dracula/Renfield… that is my guess from the how they were talking… but still it is going to have to be handled with very skilled writers to pull it off well.

  • Anonymous

    She did have a kukri in the trailer so we can asume she is properly lethal.

  • Anonymous

    I think the show may be alright, but they definitely need to fire whoever edited that trailer, because like what? like I literally thought the show was going to be about 4 different things

  • Anonymous

    I can’t get excited about anything airing on NBC given the average lifespan for their shows….

  • Mina

    I thought, “Well it can’t be THAT weird/confusing.” But no, I don’t get it either. :/

  • Joshua Paul Hawkins

    It really looks like they let the people from “Abbey” and “Tudors” do whatever the hell they wanted. And there’s an awful lot of American accents for it being “Victorian London”.

  • Mina

    Seriously. I love the book too much for Dracula-Mina shipping nonsense.

  • Anonymous

    O.k., Jonathan Rhys Meyers is just a terrible, terrible actor, right? Is no one else seeing this but me?

  • Spam

    It’s a vampire thing, so I have to watch it, but i bet it will be part of the 99% of vampire media that comes out. Disgustingly thematically disconnected.

    Ugh. Why don’t they just go back to the awesome Nosferatu incarnation?

  • Marie

    NERD RAGE! God, what does any of that have to do with Dracula? I’d probably be interested in it otherwise but…*head explodes* Most of my coherent thoughts have been voiced by others.

    Also, to me, if you’re going to name a character Renfield, he really should be batshit crazy.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe I only think I understand it? From my viewing it seems like Grayson is Dracula (I assume he changed his name when Dracula became too cliche/obvious). His SOUL MATE was killed a few hundred years before but he’s finally found her reincarnation, however she’s human and he loves her so much he’s going to let her be human. Meanwhile an ancient order of humans has been hunting vampires for centuries and they’re still after Dracula. Not sure about the steam punk/technological angle, but maybe vampires are behind the industrial revolution? That’s sort of what I got from the trailer.

    How much are you supposed to get from a trailer any way? I think most of them are just as confusing/vague/weird as this one.

  • Life Lessons

    Yup. IT looks cool.

  • Anonymous

    Early descriptions of this show said something about Dracula “posing as a wealthy American industrialist.” So I think that accent is supposed to be fake in the context of the show. Don’t know what Xaro Xhoan Daxos’s excuse is, though. Maybe he’s still suffering from a lack of oxygen.

  • Anonymous

    I agree. I read Dracula fairly young, around 8, because my parents let me read anything I could reasonably argue was a “classic.” (Yes, that worked on Lady Chatterley’s Lover.) When I got a little older and could legit read anything, I picked up some dreadful revisionist Dracula novel that made it into a romance and I was outraged.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve always seen JRM as following a very common path in Hollywood, although one that’s normally imposed on women. He spent his early career in roles mostly predicated on his physical appearance — i.e. the hot guy, Lothario, lady-killer, etc. And many of those performances were wanting, I agree, but he hardly trained at the RSC. Now I see him more as a decent, self-trained actor who still finds himself often shoe-horned into more hot-guy roles to pay the bills.

    But I have a major soft-spot for him because of The Tudors. He was wildly miscast (Ray Winstone in the British mini-series being nearer the physical mark) but he was so magnetic and committed I thought he really was the glue that held that whole soapy wonderful mess together.

  • Anonymous

    I think you’re pretty much dead (ha!) on, except I think the ancient order is of vampires, and they’re hunting Grayson because he’s gone rogue in some way.

    And maybe the theme is Victorian repression (humans) versus scientific discovery and sexual freedom (vampire)?

  • Anonymous

    The weirdest thing about this show is just how late to the game it is. Vampires are just not as popular as they once were, and now they are coming out with this show? Seems to strange. It does looks like some fun costume drama though, and it is nice to see a vampire show that is actually set in Victorian times! Hate that modern crap. (True Blood, you are the one exception).

    I have never been a fan of Meyers, as a straight lady, I don’t find him sexy at all. I just don’t get it. The only thing that could have made him sexy was a Transylvanian accent, so why does he have an American accent (and a bad one to boot?)


    Doesn’t really grab me. I’d still watch it to see if it turns into anything good though.

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  • Anonymous

    Sigh. This is what happens when you do to Dracula what you did to the Tudors. *barfs* Lets repeat the mantra people “Vampires are monsters.” Thats right. One more time. “VAMPIRES are MONSTERS” Gooooooood. Very good.

  • Anonymous

    No. no. I’m with you there. I never could stand him. He’s mostly just grumpy and arrogant no matter what he does. Which is why no matter how many of my friends fell in love with the Tudors I couldn’t abide it. That and the history rage that would come out every time I even saw a commercial. I wasn’t allow in the room with them any more :-/

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  • Anonymous

    Sooo……Bram Stokers Dracula(1991) retooled for TV? I can’t stand that actor any more. He pissed me off royally in The Tudors. I’ll watch it, because it must be better than the vampire diaries.

  • Anonymous

    No kidding. I’d love, love to see that done. I wonder if I’ve still got my copy of that?

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  • Sheala.draws

    Dracula meets Baz Lehrmann with steampunk elements?

  • Janis Wright

    huh. steampunk dracula. Renfield as willing side kick or Watson instead of bug eating wacko. Might be interesting. Mina looks sheepish though, and the past life tie in is lame. She should be a geek like in St Germain.

  • Gordon Borland

    Titian re-released them all recently, with fancy new covers and extra short story’s, well worth getting. The 4th Novel is coming out towards the end of the year.

  • Agatha Gomes

    I’m taking this as a clean slate and with a grain of salt. I will try and ignore what I THINK it should be like. I’m a huge fan of Bram Stoker and Anne Rice. So right now I’m just thankful this isn’t a True Blood/Twilight/Vampire Diaries sort of deal.

    If they could just make a Vampire Downton Abbey, I would be thankful.

  • Anonymous

    And I thought it looked ridiculous as a movie and I find out it’s a tv show? on NBC? Kill me now.

  • BabeWoreRed

    The oddness might be the weird Gormenghast-y vibe I’m getting?