jonathan rhys meyersIf there's one thing we need in this world, it's clearly MORE vampire shows on TV. Seriously! True Blood isn't on all year round, you know. So I was totally rooting for NBC's new mini-series, Dracula -- even if the original Bram Stoker tale seems to be getting just a teensy bit played out at this point. Maybe this shiny new version, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers of The Tudors, would be innovative and clever and sexy! Optimism, friends!! Did I mention Dracula is from the producers of Downton Abbey?? How bad can this thing be?

Then NBC released the official trailer ... and I watched it.

And, well, it was ... confusing. Like, at first I could swear I was watching a scene from The Phantom of the Opera. Because Dracula's love interest, Mina (Jessica De Gouw) totally looks like she's about to bust out some uber-soprano stylings. But just when I was expecting a big chandelier to fall on everybody, the scene changed ... and I could swear I was watching any/every Jack the Ripper movie. The dark streets of Victorian-era London, carriages drawn by spooked horses and rain and shadows ... and then it shifted to standard Dracula territory, and I was all like Where's Keanu Reeves at? As for Jonathan Rhys Meyers, I personally think he makes a better corrupt royal than immortal icon.

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Eh. In short, I'm not like jumping up and down in gleeful anticipation. But that's just me -- you might jump up and down all night long after watching the trailer:

Sooooo ... are you jumping? Sitting? Standing on one foot?

What do you think of the new Dracula trailer?

 

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