Universal Pictures has released the trailer for their upcoming horror film, “Last Voyage of the Demeter” which is loosely based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel, “Dracula”. The opening scene of the trailer immediately evokes memories of Count Dracula’s voyage from Romania to London for anyone familiar with Stoker’s work. The story of this adaptation follows the ill-fated crew of the Demeter, who find themselves facing an evil being that feeds on the blood of both animals and humans.

André Øvredal directs the film, and the title itself may give away the story or, at least, create certain expectations that nobody in the crew will survive. Nevertheless, the film looks intriguing. In a departure from most Dracula adaptations, the filmmakers portray the count as more beast-like than human, giving the antagonist a more evil and menacing appearance. While the trailer offers only fleeting glimpses of the blood-sucking creature, it might have been better if the filmmakers had withheld its visage, thereby building anticipation around its appearance.

From the trailer alone, “Last Voyage of the Demeter” promises to be a pure horror movie, where something malevolent picks off its victims one by one. Who will survive? We’ll have to wait and see. The film stars David Dastmalchian, Corey Hawkins, Aisling Franciosi and Liam Cunningham.

Release date: August 11, 2023