I created a Facebook page in part to quickly and directly share my thoughts without having to create entire blog posts. One of the things I’m trying to do there is clear up some misconceptions.
Most of the articles I’ve seen about dreadpunk mean well, but I see some misinformation out there. Because I keep seeing some of the same misconceptions over and over again, I wanted to go ahead and address them here.
Paramount Pictures recently acquired the film rights to Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker’s yet-to-be-published novel Dracul. It’s being prepped as a possible directing project for Andy Muschietti, whose adaptation of Stephen King’s It is currently tearing up the box office.
While Dracul is being described as a prequel to Dracula, the description sounds like more of a “story behind the story” to me. In it, a young Bram Stoker encounters a dark and sinister force which inspires the events of his iconic novel. I’m kind of getting a Wes Craven’s New Nightmare vibe off of these scant details.
While the set-up sounds intriguing in and of itself, this news makes me happy on a personal level because Dacre is a good guy. We met last year and he quickly became part of my circle of friends. He puts on great presentations about Bram Stoker and the mythology surrounding Dracula, and I’m looking forward to seeing him at Atlanta’s Monsterama again in a couple of weeks. The fact that he is the great-grandnephew of ol’ Bram himself is an added bonus.
I’ll be keeping an eye on this project because it is absolutely in my wheelhouse.
I know that my posts have become spotty over the past several weeks. I am currently gearing up for Dragon Con and haven’t had time to devote to this site. But hang in there, transmissions will resume in a few weeks!
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the release of The Lost Boys. While I’m more associated with “cloak-and-fangs” style vampires these days, it was The Lost Boys that sparked my longstanding interest in the undead.