Get sucked into fun, twisted classics

Get sucked into fun, twisted classics
Sleepy Hollow’s Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison (both above) and Dracula’s Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Dracula (Jonathan Rhys Meyers from The Tudors) is a wealthy American entrepreneur who descends upon the snooty high society in Victorian England of the late 1800s to wreak personal vengeance.

Helping him in his exceedingly patient and plodding grand plan is Abraham Van Helsing (German actor Thomas Kretschmann) who, in Bram Stoker's classic 1897 novel, is the famed vampire hunter hell-bent on destroying old Drac.

In this Anglo-American series reboot, Van Helsing is a university professor, similarly obsessed with revenge, who rescues the fanged man from eternal incarceration in a coffin and regularly injects a serum to try to make him impervious to deadly sunlight.

"You leave me just enough time to have a cup of tea before I burst into flames," complains the testy vamp.

It is a rare moment of comic levity which makes you wish that if the canon were to be so freely changed like this, would it not be more kicking to turn these two erstwhile bitter enemies into a new vaudeville double act called Vamp And Van?

The target of the two Vs is something right out of our conspiratorial times.

Dracula, re-introduced as the Yank tycoon Alexander Grayson, plots to bring down a secret organisation of ruthless, powerful men called the Order Of The Dragon.

He is a Howard Hughes/Bill Gates- type inventor of "geo-magnetic" wireless power that seeks to destroy the cabal's supreme domination of oil.

Down the dark ages, you learn, this Masonic-like group of wicked, self- righteous zealots brutally killed his great love, Ilona, and also wiped out Van Helsing's entire family, thus setting off their rabid allied thirst for payback.

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