Film: Dracula 2000
aka: Dracula II Ascension
Dracula 2000 is a horror film, "presented by" Wes Craven but actually directed by Patrick Lussier, that sees Dracula (Gerard Butler) being awoken by a band of thieves who make off with his coffin. Dracula awakens and causes the plane to crash in New Orleans, where the daughter of Van Helsing (who has kept himself alive with Dracula's blood) happens to live.It also starred Jonny Lee Miller and Christopher Plummer.Has two Direct-to-Video sequels (which contradict the ending of 2000): Dracula II: Ascension and Dracula III: Legacy.Unrelated to Dracula 3000.
This film provides examples of:
- Biblical Bad Guy: Dracula is Judas Iscariot.
- Blood Bath: Dracula's corpse is revived in one in the first sequel.
- Catapult Nightmare: Mary, several times. Also a subversion of Instant Waking Skills, because she is noticeably incoherent for several minutes.
- Celebrity Paradox: Lucy stands in front of a row of Vitamin C CDs at her workplace, the Virgin Megastore. Lucy was played by Colleen Fitzpatrick, aka pop singer Vitamin C.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: An atheist vampire is not frightened by a crucifix.
- Confessional: Mary goes to see a priest who is a old childhood friend, to confess the weird dreams she's been having about a strange man ( Dracula) and to ask about her mother's dying confession.
- Cursed with Awesome: Dracula. Apparently God believes a curse is to turn someone into a completely immortal, superpowered, pornomancer. Of course, he will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
- Death by Sex: Literally, Lucy winds up turned when she seduced by Dracula and they have sex which winds up going off the bed to the ceiling (due to Drac's flying powers). She's so mesmerized that she doesn't notice Drac spouting fangs until he bites her.
- Deader Than Dead: What Van Helsing is trying to make Dracula.
- Deadline News: Valerie, a news woman reporting on the plane crash that was originally flown by the thieves, ends up having her pre-recorded news segment interuptted by a revived Dracula who proceeds to kill her cameraman and make her into a vampire.
- Eye Scream
- Face Death with Dignity: Dracula mockingly advises this to Doctor Sewert.
- Foreshadowing: "Why silver? It's not uniquely Christian. Has to be something more... Something personal" cue a shot of The Last Supper.
- Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: This being New Orleans, of course...
- I Do Not Drink Wine: "I don't drink... coffee."
- I Know You're Watching Me: The interrogation room glass version. As the detectives behind the glass have just been smirking over Solina's "delusion" that she's a vampire, they're noticeably freaked out when she shouts, "Look at me when I'm talking to you!" She then continues to screw around with their minds, making them more freaked out.
- In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It: Wes Craven Presents Dracula 2000. (Craven was an executive producer, but not the director.)
- Julius Beethoven Da Vinci: Dracula is Judas Iscariot.
- Made of Plasticine
- Market-Based Title: Dracula 2000 was released in the UK a year later than the US, under the title Dracula 2001.
- Monster Progenitor: Dracula's the first vampire.
- My Grandson Myself: Dr. Abraham Van Helsing uses Dracula's blood to keep himself immortal, in order to continue research on how to kill the vampire king for good. In the modern day, he passes himself off as his grandson, "Matthew Van Helsing".
- Not So Different: Van Helsing has become addicted to Dracula's blood, meaning he regularly has to drain him in order to prolong his own immortality.
- Off with His Head!: Most of the vampires get beheaded.
- One-Woman Wail
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: To the above-mentioned atheist vampire: (while popping a switchblade out of the crucifix): "God loves you anyway."
- Product Placement: Lucy works at the Virgin Megastore and the film is intent on the viewer not forgetting this.
- The Reveal: Dracula is Judas Iscariot.
- Title by Number
- Transhuman Treachery: Unknown for the first two woman (Solina was always dubious since she was a thief and not much is known about the other) but Lucy has no problems turning against Mary once she's becomes a vampire.
- Trope 2000
- Vampires Are Sex Gods: Dracula and his three brides. Solina, now turned, lampshaded this during the interrogation scene, drawing a connection between vampires and lovers:Detective: Solina, Dr. Seward here tells me you believe yourself to be a vampire. Now how does one become a vampire, Solina?Solina: No, how does one become... a lover?Detective: Well, I-I don't know.Solina: [rises up in a non-human manner] One is chosen.Detective [calls Dr. Seward]: You see that?Dr. Seward [turns around to face Solina]: See what?Solina: [sighs; Sultry voice] Would you like to be chosen, Mr. Detective? Are you waiting for a woman to choose you as a lover?Detective [turns to look at Dr. Seward]: You getting this on tape?Solina: [Yells] Look at me when I'm talking to you!Detective [unnerved]: Now, Solina, you... you can't see me.Solina: Of course I can. [moves closer to window] I can even see the outline of your cock against your pants, so don't even pretend you're not interested.
- Villain's Dying Grace: Dracula, as he dies, releases Mary from her vampirism. That or he genuinely cared for her and it was an act of redemption.
- Wandering Jew: Dracula, literally.
- Zero-G Spot: Involving vampiric levitation, rather than freefall.