One of the special features on the DVD is the auditions for some of the lead actors. Gerard Butler, the dashing actor who plays Dracula, shows an intensity and fire rarely captured in the vampire heretofore. Granted, Christopher Lee will probably always be the best for invoking the sheer terror of the count, but Butler brings a subtle humanity to the monster, and it is his performance that buoys this Wes Craven production.
Suffice to say, Dracula has been done so many times, it's hard to think of anything original to do with the story. However, screenwriter Joel Soisson gives a fresh take to the legacy of Dracula. It explains the count's aversion to crosses, wood, silver and anything Christian. No spoiler am I, but by the end of the movie, Butler's Dracula is a pitiable victim of his own jealousy, and the need to be forgiven for his greatest transgression. Butler's performance cannot be discounted, folks..he's truly magnificent.
Jonny Lee Miller, Christopher Plummer, and Justine Waddel acquit themselves admirably, and Lussier's direction is sufficiently moody. But it's Butler who commands the show.