BBC’s new Dracula miniseries headed to Netflix

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Pop culture’s preeminent vampire is returning to the small screen, thanks to a new co-production between Netflix and the BBC. Netflix has confirmed that its three-episode adaptation of Dracula will soon be available to Australian viewers, with a 45-second teaser trailer now available for your streaming (or screaming) pleasure.

The newest take on the Bram Stoker literary classic will screen on BBC One in the UK and Ireland, but appears to be a Netflix exclusive outside these countries. Dracula will be helmed by Sherlock co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, also known for their work on Doctor Who and various other BBC productions.

Judging by the trailer, Dracula looks to be a faithful retelling of the 1987 Gothic horror novel. According to Netflix, the mini-series will follow the titular Count “from his origins in Eastern Europe, to his battles with Van Helsing’s descendant and beyond.”

Taking on the title role is Danish actor Claes Bang, who may be known to Aussie audiences for his work in The Bridge and The Affair. Protagonist Jonathan Harker will be played by John Heffernan (The Crown, Luther), but there’s not yet confirmation on who’s been cast as obsessive vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing.

 

From what we’ve seen so far, the Beeb isn’t holding back on the grislier aspects of the story. Dracula’s teaser trailer hints at plenty of blood and guts, including what looks to be a cringe-worthy broken nail scene that’s not for the squeamish. Viewers can also expect monstrous transformations, epic setpieces, and even an unexpectedly cool posse of stake-wielding nuns.

Unfortunately, a release date for the production has yet to be announced, but the title is already showing up on Netflix Australia searches. Horror aficionados can add Dracula to their watch list now – you’ll receive a notification from Netflix when the series is available to stream.

While the mini-series won’t be out for Halloween 2019, Aussies can still stream a taste of fiction’s greatest vampire elsewhere. Below are four Dracula-centric titles to sink your teeth into this October 31, available to watch now on Netflix, Stan, Amazon Prime and Tubi.

Penny Dreadful

 

Set after the events of Stoker’s novel, Penny Dreadful brings together classic characters from Gothic and horror literature, including Victor Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. While Dracula technically doesn’t show up until the third season, the aftermath of the original Dracula story is a key plot point throughout this excellent Showtime series.

Available on: Stan

Castlevania

 

Based on Konami’s much-loved video game series, this definitely-not-for-kids animated Netflix original pits a sympathetic Count Dracula against a vampire-hunting team that includes his own half-human son. What a horrible night to have a curse.

Available on: Netflix

The Satanic Rites of Dracula

 

Also known by the obviously-inferior title of Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride, this 1973 flick features the incomparable Christopher Lee in the lead role, with Peter Cushing as a modern-day version of Professor Van Helsing. It’s far from the best of Lee’s turns as Dracula, but still makes a campy addition to any vampire fan’s watch list.

Available on: Tubi, Amazon Prime Video

Dracula 2000

 

Produced by horror maestro Wes Craven, Dracula 2000 offers a new take on Dracula origin story, with a then-unknown Gerald Butler playing the Count. Admittedly, it offers more teen screams than serious scares, but still has some fun moments.

Available on: Stan

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