This Dracula's bloody sexy

SEDUCTIVELY SINISTER: Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers - in the macabre role of mythology's most famous vampire, Dracula - makes bloodsucking look sexy rather than scary in the titular drama series.


    Nov 19, 2013

    This Dracula's bloody sexy


    Mondays, 8.55pm

    Diva Universal (StarHub Ch 522)

    Rating: 3/5

    SINK your teeth into the latest television offering centred around mythology's most famous vampire, named simply after the bloodsucker himself.

    Dracula, a highly anticipated British-American production from the producers of lauded historical drama Downton Abbey, sticks closely to the classically tried and tested, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

    Based on the 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, the hour-long drama series keeps things dark and sinister atmosphere-wise - there's no over-the-top campiness of other vampire shows such as, say, True Blood.

    And smouldering Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who stars as the titular vamp, makes bloodsucking look sexy rather than scary.

    The 36-year-old Golden Globe winner - who previously played the villainous King Henry VIII in The Tudors - is, thankfully, broodily and intensely charismatic enough to pull off the macabre role.

    In this reimagining, ol' Count D poses as whisky-swilling American aristocrat Alexander Grayson, who descends upon London high society with the promise of technological advancement.

    This guise is meant to allow him to pursue his true agenda, which involves seeking revenge on the anti-vampire order which wronged him centuries earlier.

    Like all good stories, a spanner is thrown in the works when he meets Mina Murray (Jessica De Gouw), a beautiful medical student and the reincarnation of the guy's dead lover.

    Whether the series will focus more on gory action scenes or the possible rekindling of a centuries-old romance has yet to be seen.

    And, if the relatively slow-moving first episode - which aired here yesterday - is anything to go by, it could be some time before that direction becomes clear.

    Till then, though, there's enough bite in this one to make it worth a watch.