Ever since The Last Voyage of the Demeter was announced, it was assured to be an interesting film. It’s a movie that aims to dive into just one single chapter of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula, specifically the Captain’s Log. There have been so many odd adaptations of Dracula over the years, but none have chosen a single chapter and zeroed in on that specific part of the tale. It’s a bold choice.
Directed by André Øvredal (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, The Autopsy of Jane Doe) and starring an eclectic cast including Corey Hawkins, Aisling Franciosi, Liam Cunningham, and David Dastmalchian, The Last Voyage of the Demeter promises to be an interesting take on the mythology of Dracula.
And now some involved are beginning to comment on this unique film.
“Horror is (Øvredal’s) backbone,” Dastmalchian said, “and he is a true monster kid. He has this deep love and affinity for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, as do I. His knowledge of the book and his passion for the characters is so beautiful, and he’s got this really intense and unique vision and a way of telling stories that is so outside of the box. So anyone who’s familiar with his works like Trollhunter, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, you go, ‘Well, this guy never takes a little swing. He takes a big swing.’ He took a huge swing with this film. I think it’s gonna scare the crap out of people, but it’s also gonna be one of those movie experiences that transports you to this other place.”
The description of The Last Voyage of the Demeter is explained as such:
The Last Voyage of the Demeter tells the story of the Russian schooner, Demeter, which was chartered to carry private cargo – twenty-four unmarked wooden crates – from Carpathia to London. The film will detail the strange events that befell the doomed crew as they attempt to survive the ocean voyage, stalked each night by a terrifying presence onboard the ship. When it finally arrived near Whitby Harbour, it was a derelict. There was no trace of the crew.
The Last Voyage of the Demeter has had a particularly long development, with an original concept and script dating back to 2002. So this film is 20 years in the making. It will be interesting to see how it develops.
Last Updated on February 28, 2023.