Dracula was one of the first shows that paved its way on our screen in this year and turned into one of the most popular shows already. Aired over a period of three consecutive days with only three episodes in season 1, Dracula is the newest presentation from Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, the creators of the iconic show Sherlock Holmes followed the same episode structure as Sherlock.
The chilling, blood-soaked show chronicles a tale of Dracula from his origin in Eastern Europe to the centuries-long stand-off with the descendants of Van Helsing. One might wonder that there are many shows from the past based on the same subject, so what different or novel is Dracula, well, to answer that, this show explores the vulnerability of Dracula. Yes, this Dracula has a vulnerable side too which adds somewhat a human touch, if one may say.
The BBC series treads on an intricate intriguing storyline with a multitude of terrifying jumps to give you a spine-chilling experience. Unlike the previous impression, the show isn’t the modernized version of the Bram Stroker’s Gothic novel; it rather is a traditional re-interpretation of the story on a giant canvas.
Claes Bang’s performance as the Count Dracula is incredible. The blood-smearing scenes an animal flesh chewing scenes are bound to terrorize you and gross you out. Another, notable performance and probably the main attraction of the series for many (including me) is the vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing now transformed into a nun named Agatha Van Helsing played Dolly Wells. Her immaculate conviction as she interrogates Jonathan Harker, delving deeper into his ordeal at the Dracula’s castle will stir you as you visit the journey through her.
While Sherlock fans were impressed by the creators for pulling off another interesting show for them, the finale of the show left some of the fans disappointed as they had anticipated a complicated end as opposed to the enamoured end they were served with.
The show met with largely positive reviews having an aggregate rating of 7.49/10 on rotten tomatoes. It is available on the Netflix and you should consider binge-watching it at the earliest.