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Reading the Screen: Harker

You might know this already, but Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula is being made into another movie…sort of. Harker, directed by Eli Roth — best known for the gory horror movie Hostel and its sequel — will feature Russell Crowe as the fangy dude. talks about it here.

If I had ever made a list of actors I thought should never, ever play the blood-guzzler, Crowe would have been somewhere near the top. He just doesn’t match my mental imagine of the Dracula. Of course neither did Gary Oldman, and he was brilliant in Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula. When the moment called for it he was seductive and elegant, which I think is key to the character. Can Crowe do seductive and elegant? Or is this going to be a revisionist Dracula?

I’ll tell you the tooth: I’m intrigued. I’m not saying this is a bloody good idea — although, with Roth directing, it will probably be bloody at least — but I like the notion of taking Jonathan Harker, Stoker’s young solicitor whose encounter with Dracula drives him to the edge of madness (before he joins forces with Van Helsing to destroy the evil Transylvanian), and turning him into a Scotland Yard detective hunting for the dread vampire.

What do you think? Is this a story worth putting on the big screen? Or, with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, have we sort of seen it already?

Oh, and see here and here for some of my previous blitherings-on about Dracula.



About the Author:

David Pitt lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In addition to reviewing for Booklist, he writes a monthly column about paperback fiction and nonfiction for the Winnipeg Free Press. He has contributed to The Booklist Reader since 2010.

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