Conventional wisdom holds that Dario Argento, maker of such classics as "Suspiria" and "Deep Red," has been running on fumes for years now. But his latest, "Argento's
At his best, Argento has a subversive wit and sinister perveyness somewhat analogous to that of photographer Helmut Newton, abstracting a sexy, decadent European glamour to reveal something ominous behind the stylish surfaces.
The arrival of Rutger Hauer as the vampire hunter Van Helsing comes at just the right moment to push the film onward, so when Dracula transforms into a giant praying mantis, the train finally pulls into Crazytown Station.
The effects may be cheap and unconvincing, the sets spare, the costumes from some unwanted back rack, but Argento still brings enough moments of kinky madness to his not-great "Dracula" to indicate there may yet be greatness lurking within him. Here's hoping.
— Mark Olson
"Argento's Dracula 3D." No MPAA rating. Running Time: 1 hour and 46 minutes. At Downtown Independent. Also on VOD.