In recent years, studios have celebrated the Halloween holiday with low-risk, low-budget found-footage films that have the potential for huge success. This year could well be different, with Legendary’s Dracula Untold marking a now-infrequent fantasy/horror blockbuster fare heading into the latter genre’s favourite weekend of the year.
Marking one of the first partnerships between Legendary and Universal, the film will have tough competition opening on both sides of the Atlantic next month. In the UK, it squares off against David Fincher’s Gone Girl and the rom-zom-com Life After Beth, starring Dane DeHaan and Aubrey Plaza. And in the US, Sony opens David Ayer’s Oscar-buzzed Fury, led by Brad Pitt; Relativity has the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, The Best of Me; and Fox is releasing potential animated hit, The Book of Life.
Those are two very tough weekends to crack, but Dracula Untold has on its side the fact that we’ve not been treated to a blend of these genres for quite some time, which could well see it surge at the box office. With October fast approaching, the two studios have released a second trailer, building on the epic scope promised by its predecessor.
Luke Evans is front and centre as Vlad Tepes, starring alongside Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Samantha Barks, Diarmaid Murtagh, Charlie Cox, and Charles Dance.
Gary Shore is in the director’s chair for his first feature, with Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Gods of Egypt) penning the script.
Dracula Untold will hit regular and IMAX cinemas on October 3rd in the UK and on October 17th in the US.