The Last Voyage of the Demeter – EgR Movie Review


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The Last Voyage of the Demeter takes audiences on a perilous journey aboard a doomed merchant ship as it transports mysterious cargo from Transylvania to London. While this tale is derived from a single chapter in Bram Stoker’s iconic novel “Dracula,” director André Øvredal expands it into a full-length supernatural horror film. With a stellar cast, led by Corey Hawkins and Aisling Franciosi, this adaptation offers a fresh perspective on a well-known narrative. Despite its predictable plot, it compensates with atmospheric visuals, effective scares, and a cast that delivers solid performances.

At first glance, the concept seemed challenging. The audience comes into the film with a deep knowledge of both the supernatural force at play and the outcome of the voyage. However, this film manages to turn this foreknowledge into an asset. Instead of relying on surprise, it focuses on style, atmosphere, and effective scares.

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EgR Score: 14/20

Given the familiarity of the “Dracula” story, one might assume that “The Last Voyage of the Demeter” would struggle to engage its audience. However, the film manages to generate enjoyment by leaning into its strengths. It crafts an eerie and suspenseful atmosphere that captivates viewers, even when they know the outcome. The film’s darker, meaner tone adds to the enjoyment, offering gruesome surprises and a sense of unpredictability. While not groundbreaking, it’s an engaging horror experience.


EgR Score: 12/20

The film maintains a relatively measured pace, focusing on building suspense and tension rather than rushing through its narrative. This approach generally works to its advantage, allowing audiences to immerse themselves in the eerie atmosphere. However, there are moments when scenes linger a bit too long, testing the audience’s patience. Despite these occasional pacing issues, the film’s visual allure and effective storytelling help keep viewers concentrated on the unfolding horrors.


EgR Score: 12/20

For fans of classic horror and the “Dracula” mythos, “The Last Voyage of the Demeter” offers a degree of enrichment. It provides an intriguing expansion of a well-known episode from Stoker’s novel, delving deeper into the harrowing journey of the Demeter’s crew. It explores the characters’ desperation and the psychological toll of their ordeal, adding depth to their plight. While it may not introduce entirely new elements to the “Dracula” lore, it enriches the story for those already invested in the vampire myth.


EgR Score: 15/20

As a supernatural horror film, The Last Voyage of the Demeter largely succeeds in fulfilling genre expectations. It creates a palpable sense of dread, crafting a moody and haunting atmosphere throughout. The cat-and-mouse game between Dracula and the crew generates tension, reminiscent of the suspense in “Alien.” The film doesn’t shy away from graphic and gruesome visuals, earning its R rating. It delivers on the promise of a vampire horror story, providing effective scares and unsettling moments.

The Last Voyage of the Demeter is a modern take on a cult classic

Set in 1897, the movie follows the Demeter as it embarks on its journey from Transylvania to London. The cargo includes a collection of mysterious crates bound for Carfax Abbey. Captain Eliot (Liam Cunningham), first mate Wojchek (David Dastmalchian), and a small crew set sail, joined by last-minute recruits. Among them is Clemens (Corey Hawkins), who signs on as the ship’s doctor. The journey takes a sinister turn when one of the crates is opened, revealing an unexpected stowaway (Aisling Franciosi) with a mysterious illness that necessitates numerous blood transfusions.

Director André Øvredal, known for films like “Trollhunter” and “The Autopsy of Jane Doe,” uses his expertise to craft a visually striking and haunting atmosphere. Despite the audience’s familiarity with the story, he manages to keep them engaged with his moody and eerie visuals, creating a beautifully unsettling atmosphere throughout the film. “The Last Voyage of the Demeter” is a visually stunning horror film, capturing tension and dread even in broad daylight. Øvredal skillfully stages cat-and-mouse encounters between Dracula and the crew, building tension to gruesome climaxes.

The film doesn’t shy away from graphic and grotesque visuals. Dracula’s portrayal is particularly grotesque, and the scenes of slaughter are gory enough to earn the film its R rating. The film also surprises by subverting expectations—characters you expect to survive meet gruesome ends, adding to the emotional stakes.However, the film isn’t without its minor flaws. Some scenes tend to drag on a bit longer than necessary, which may test the patience of some viewers. Additionally, it succumbs to a common trope in contemporary horror cinema: a final scene that exists solely to set up potential sequels

The Last Voyage of the Demeter successfully breathes new life into a familiar tale. Despite its predictable narrative and pacing hiccups, it excels in generating suspense, delivering effective scares, and offering an eerie atmosphere. For fans of classic horror and “Dracula” enthusiasts, this film enriches the familiar story with fresh insights. While not ground breaking, it’s a well-crafted and engaging horror experience, making it worth the voyage for those seeking a darker take on the vampire myth.

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