Review of Netflix’s “Dracula” on Gruesome Magazine 99

This week, the Grue-Crew head back to Transylvania to revisit Vlad, the Impaler as he leaves his homeland for England and the new world. The three-part mini-series, DRACULA from show creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, is currently playing on Netflix and both celebrates the traditional Hammer-Film-Heavily-Influenced roots and pushes the boundaries for a bold, fresh new take.

Doc Rotten from Horror News Radio. Jeff Mohr from Decades of Horror: The Classic Era. And Crystal Cleveland, the Livin6Dead6irl from Decades of Horror: 1980s share their thoughts about this week’s awesome collection of streaming horror films. Joining the crew this week is Horror News Radio co-host, Dave Dreher!

Gruesome Magazine Podcast – Episode 99
DRACULA (Netflix, Episodes 1 – 3)


In 1897 Transylvania, the blood-drinking Count draws his plans against Victorian London.


DRACULA EPISODE 1 – The Rules of the Beast

English lawyer Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to meet a new client – and a legend is about to get fresh blood.

Director: Jonny Campbell

Claes Bang … Dracula
Dolly Wells … Sister Agatha
John Heffernan … Jonathan Harker
Morfydd Clark … Mina
Joanna Scanlan … Mother Superior
Lujza Richter … Elena
Petra Dubayova … Carriage Girl

DRACULA EPISODE 2 – Blood Vessel

The crew aboard the Russian ship, The Demeter, are locked in a life-or-death struggle to stop Count Dracula before he reaches England.

Director: Damon Thomas

Claes Bang … Dracula
Dolly Wells … Sister Agatha
Jonathan Aris … Captain Sokolov
Sacha Dhawan … Dr. Sharma
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett … Adisa
Clive Russell … Valentin
Catherine Schell … Duchess Valeria
Youssef Kerkour … Olgaren
Patrick Walshe McBride … Lord Ruthven
Lily Dodsworth-Evans … Dorabella
Samuel Blenkin … Piotr
Anthony Flanagan … Portmann
Alec Utgoff … Abramoff
Lily Kakkar … Yamini
Andrew Byron … Stepashin

DRACULA EPISODE 3 – The Dark Compass

Count Dracula has made it to England – a new world pulsing with fresh blood – and lays his plans to spread his foul vampire contagion. But why does he set his sights on the seemingly ordinary Lucy Westenra?

Director: Paul McGuigan

Claes Bang … Dracula
Dolly Wells … Sister Agatha / Zoe Helsing
Lydia West … Lucy
Matthew Beard … Jack
Mark Gatiss … Frank
Chanel Cresswell … Kathleen
Lyndsey Marshal … Bloxham
Paul Brennen … Commander Irving
John McCrea … Zev
Phil Dunster … Quincey
Polly Kemp … Nurse
Sarah Niles … Meg
Millicent Wong … Alice
Sofia Oxenham … Sam
Kiran Shah … Little Boy

Release: Currently available on NETFLIX




Doc Rotten
Editor-In-Chief / Founder / Podcast Producer at Horror News Radio
Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior.

Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.