The mini-series aired over three consecutive days on BBC One in the UK but will be available to binge at the same time on Netflix, starting today.
It looks like "Dracula" is coming back from the dead and straight onto Netflix today. The BBC One mini-series is finally gracing Netflix in America after it debuted in the UK on New Year's Day. Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the brains behind Sherlock and Doctor Who are back to re-tell the story of Count Dracula, the infamous blood-sucking creature from the Bram Stoker novel of the same name.
The series has three episodes and runs for 90 minutes. In the UK, it was broadcast over three days but luckily on Netflix, all three episodes will be available to binge at the same time. A series of trailers were released for the series leading up to it's Netflix release.
The final trailer was released yesterday and shows a closer look at the central character himself, played by Danish actor Claes Bang and also shows stake-wielding nuns who are trying to get a hold of the vampire.
Claes Bang stars as the titular role Count Dracula and he is joined by John Heffernan, Joanna Scanlan, Dolly Wells, Morfydd Clark, Lujza Richter, and series co-writer Mark Gatiss.
"Things go in big cycles. We've been so many iterations of Twilight vampires, so somehow it just felt right to be able to do big castles and moonlight and capes again," Gatiss said at the premiere of the series, reported Newsweek.
On casting Bang, of "The Square" fame, Moffat said, "We set the conundrum to [casting] that we needed somebody tall, dark, handsome in their 40s, not wildly known for any particular role. not English, which is a very tall order. But I was sent a link to The Square, and I clicked the link and just thought, 'well that's Dracula, isn't it? He's basically Christopher Lee's love child!"
This BBC advertising for Dracula is genius. A series of bloody stakes protruding from a billboard. Seemingly random, until darkness falls and they begin to cast a shadow. Fabulous. pic.twitter.com/84aIl7o97r— Alex Andreou (@sturdyAlex) January 3, 2020
Bang said he was unsure of his role at first and said, "Does the world really need one more Dracula?" But the Moffat and Gatiss script was able to win him over because of their new take on Dracula which Bang described as "brilliant".
Gatiss explaining how the series sets itself apart from other adaptations of "Dracula" said, "The big challenge we set ourselves was to make Dracula the central character in his own story for the first time. What’s it like as the anti-hero? What you have to give him is a personality that spans four centuries… You don’t want him to be just a shadowy presence."
The end result is a gothic horror series with a well-measured combination of humor and gore to get the audience hooked. "You can bury important plot information in a joke. You’re really setting them up for a sucker-punch if you make them laugh fondly and then chop someone’s head off,” Moffat said. So keep your guard up as you watch the series and don't get attached to anyone.