Alex Proyas Likes his Dracula Teethy and Bloody

Gary Oldman in Dracula (1992) Movie ImageAfter movies like “Dark City” and “I, Robot”, it’s easy to forget that Alex Proyas started his movie career directing the live-action version of James O’Barr’s “The Crow”, which was probably as dark and gritty as you could get while still featuring a character that returns from the dead. If Proyas brings even a little bit of “The Crow” to his “Dracula: Year Zero” (they seriously need to change the title; it just sounds so … comic booky, and it’s lame even when the comic books do it), then we should have ourselves a merry good (but dark) time at the theater.

Here’s what Proyas told MTV about what he plans to do with “Dracula: Year Zero”:

It’s a fine line for director Alex Proyas, who is currently prepping his next movie “Dracula: Year Zero,” a story that he told us “sort of the origin tale that mixes [the historical] Prince Vlad of Transylvania with sort of [fictionalized] Bram Stoker [take]”.

“Oh, you’ve got to have teeth,” Proyas exclaimed. “I mean, the teeth are really important. I think Frank Langella in the ‘Dracula’ movie that was made in the 70s, I think he didn’t want to have teeth in the movie. But, no, I like the teeth. I want to see girls with a lot of teeth.”

Ok, so teeth are in. Garlic? “I think the garlic thing is kind of weird,” Proyas laughed.

And the transformation into a bat? Well…Proyas wouldn’t say. So what parts of mythology DO make it into his version? “Stakes and teeth,” the director smiled. “And we’re lots and lots of blood!”

I could do without the transformation into a bat, but you know, if he had to, it wouldn’t be a deal breaker. But the whole aversion to garlic, reflections in the mirror, and sunlight? Those, I could do without.

And one thing any self-respecting “Dracula” movie must have? Hot chicks. You gotta have hot chicks, man.

Colleen Fitzpatrick, Jeri Ryan and Jennifer Esposito in Dracula 2000 (2000) Movie Image