THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT # 23
August 23, 2023 by Josh Coutts
In our ongoing That’s Entertainment series, in this segment we cover The Last Voyage of Demeter. Man, oh man, was this a wonderful horror film that actually shows the general origin story of Dracula.
The movie was based off one of the chapters from Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” titled “The Captain’s Log.” This is a retold tale almost as old as time itself.
The tone of this film is absolutely fantastic! The cast is beyond wonderful, and the special effects are just glorious with cinematography that is second to none!
As the movie opens, you find yourself stepping foot on this doomed ship where the captain and first mate are looking for more crewmembers for the merchant ship known as The Demeter.
The ship’s name may give us a clue to where this voyage may be headed. Demeter is the name of the mythological Greek Goddess of the Harvest, but also has ties to Hades and the Underworld along with all the unsavory characters from that realm. File this one under “The Dracula Cruise.” Leaving port from Transylvania headed to London, England.
With the ship name as a backdrop, the film opens with an elderly man who really wants to be on the ship and says he’s strong like a bull. While loading up a crate onto the ship, he sees a mark of the dragon or the devil, and decides to leave, saying the ship is cursed…
The cast is solid – how the filmmakers played to the theater of the mind makes this film even more diabolical. The filmmakers showed little bits and pieces of “Dracula” without really giving everything away until the end … that is fantastic story telling and worthy of a quasi-origin story. It made my horror heart very, very happy!