18 Juli 2024

‘The Last Voyage of the Demeter’ Promises an ‘Alien’-Style Horror Story in New Featurette

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As reported by Collider, a new featurette shared exclusively by Fandango hears the cast and crew of the upcoming horror film, The Last Voyage of the Demeter discuss the inspiration behind the new adaptation and the movie’s iconic bloodsucker.

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The Last Voyage of the Demeter takes influence from a chapter of Bram Stoker’s 1897 classic Dracula which follows the vampire’s journey across from Carpathia to England. The movie is set aboard the cargo ship Demeter and follows the doomed crew as they attempt to survive the deadly presence on the ship.

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The Last Voyage of the Demeter was directed by André Øvredal and stars Javier Botet, Aisling Franciosi, Corey Hawkins, Liam Cunningham, David Dastmalchian, Chris Walley, Jon Jon Briones, Stefan Kapicic, Martin Furulund, Woody Norman, and Nikolai Nikolaeff.

While speaking about his new film in the featurette, Øvredal stated, “I wanted this to be the scariest depiction of Dracula ever.”

Later, the director went on to say, “Dracula is trying to find more people, more blood, a better place to feed. What better place then the huge city of London?”

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Producer Bradley J. Fisher remarked onThe Last Voyage of the Demeter’s expansion of the vampire’s story saying, “This chapter of Bram Stoker’s Dracula hasn’t been told. What actually happened on the ship that transported Dracula from the port of Varna to England is by itself just fascinating.”

Øvredal also expressed his excitement for The Last Voyage of the Demeter saying, “I really love this alien style story set on the ocean in 1897 and with Dracula instead of the alien monster it was just, all the elements were really exciting.”

He later declared, “we get to experience this extreme emotion of fear, but safely.”

Hawkins, who plays Clemens in the film, similarly noted, “There’s something potent about that mythology. Everyone knows fear and I think Dracula represents that. You look at the images and it’s just magic man. It’s magic.”

“It’s monster time when the lights go out,” said Cunningham, who plays Captain Eliot in The Last Voyage of the Demeter. The actor later remarked that the film’s version of Dracula is “the perfect monster.”

Dastmalchian, who plays Wojchek in the upcoming horror movie, previously spoke with Collider about working on the film. While chatting with the outlet, the actor noted how much he enjoyed getting to work with Øvredal due to the director’s preference for taking “big swings” with his horror movies as well as his overall knowledge of Stoker’s iconic bloodsucker.

Dastmalchian said, “He took a huge swing with this film. I think it’s gonna scare the c*** out of people, but it’s also gonna be one of those movie experiences that transports you to this other place.”

The Last Voyage of the Demeter releases in theaters on August 11th.