Dracula 3000 aka Infinite Darkness is currently available on instant Netflix and Amazon Prime.
One-Line Review: I can think of several thousand reasons not to watch this.
Dracula 3000 (2004) – Rated R
“In the year 3000, the crew of a deep space salvage ship come across a starship that had vanished and go on board to investigate. They find the ship abandoned, but they don’t know about the vessel’s history — or the evil they’re about to unleash.”
Could they have picked a cast that screamed direct-to-video more than this? Casper Van Dien? Baywatch actress Erika Eleniak? Udo Kier? Rap artist Coolio? Wrestler Tiny Lister?
Dracula 3000 was directed by Darrell Roodt and written by Roodt and Ivan Milborrow. While Dracula 3000 is mostly dreck, it is clear that one of the writers had real affection for the source material. The film starts off with the space explorers discovering the spaceship Demeter a la the ship that brings Dracula to England in Stoker’s novel. The captain is lashed to his chair (the wheel in the novel).
Characters are named Capt. Abraham van Helsing, Mina Murry, Arthur “The Professor” Holmwood, Capt. Varna. Dracula is named Orlock. Locations mentioned include Transylvania and the Carpathian system. Unfortunately the rest of the script is just awful.
I won’t say the film is racist but the four white crew members have full names and the two African Americans are called 187 (the police code for homicide) and Humvee respectively. 187 is a dope-smoking fiend played by Coolio. Humvee is played by former pro wrestler Tiny Lister. 187 quickly moves from stoner to vampire lackey, filling the Renfield role.
I have to say that I would rate this but a single star for Coolio’s performance alone. This has to be one of the grating renditions I have ever sat through. The other performances are better but not good. Casper van Dien is in just-give-me-the-check-already mode.
The movie is set on a spaceship but they all just travel down various industrial tunnels. They meander here and there firing pistols and automatic weapons. Exterior ship shots are lifted from Space Rangers.
All of the coffins on the Demeter are filled with dust (ash) and 187’s accidental cutting of his arm gives Orlock the blood he needs to revive himself. If that is the case, who killed the captain and crew? How did the captain tie both of his hands to his chair? Was this Orlock’s master plan? To just hope someone would accidentally cut themselves and bleed on the ashes? Why is everyone dust except the captain?
Trust me you won’t want to sit through this to find out (and you won’t find out regardless).
People Watch: Casper van Dien was brought back for Starship Troopers 3 in 2008. Grant Swanby who plays Arthur Holmwood here is a barkeep in Starship Troopers 3.