‘The Last Voyage of the Demeter’ – What Are The Critics Saying?

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The Last Voyage of the Demeter is a supernatural horror film directed by André Øvredal from a screenplay by Bragi F. Schut Jr. and Zak Olkewicz. The film is based on a chapter titled “The Captain’s Log” from the 1897 book Dracula by Bram Stoker. The Lost Voyage of the Demeter follows the crew of a merchant ship named Demeter as Dracula picks them apart one by one.

The supernatural horror film stars Corey Hawkins (BlacKkKlansman) as Clemens, Javier Botet (Slender Man) as Conde Dracula, Aisling Franciosi (God’s Creatures) as Anna, Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) as Captain Eliot, and David Dastmalchian (The Boogeyman) as Wojchek.

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While the critics are not actually loving the film, The Last Voyage of the Demeter could be a worthwhile watch for all the Dracula and gothic horror fans out there. So let’s find what the critics are actually saying about the supernatural horror film. Check out the review quotes from different publications lifted by Rotten Tomatoes below:

The Last Voyage of the Demeter showed promise early on but failed to capitalize on the inherent horrors of its story.

– Brittany Witherspoon, Screen Rant

It’s all vigorously detailed and hair-raisingly enhanced with extraordinary computer-generated special effects.

– Rex Reed, Observer

What truly distinguishes Last Voyage of the Demeter, beyond its thick atmosphere of dread, is its gleeful cruelty, the delicious mean streak with which it sets up its suspense set pieces and its kills.

– Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture

An often striking take on the tale that makes up for what it lacks in surprise with a lot of style and some undeniably effective scare moments.

– Peter Sobczynski,

There’s just nothing about this interpretation of the character that makes him stand out as Count…Dracula versus just another standard vampire.

– Kristen Lopez, TheWrap

The film suggests a gene splice of a slasher flick and supernatural horror. But as enticing as that combination may sound, André Øvredal’s rendering of it is as bland and listless as the blues and grays that dominate the film’s color palette.

– Derek Smith, Slant Magazine

Bram Stoker wrote “Dracula” 126 years ago — somehow, Hollywood is still screwing it up.

– Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post

It’s ultimately a doomed voyage: for the crew, for the audience and for Universal’s monster movie strategy at large.

– Benjamin Lee, Guardian

Horror heads are accustomed to screeching at the screen, “Don’t go in the basement!” In “The Last Voyage of the Demeter,” I found myself inclined toward the reverse exclamation: “Just go below deck and kill him already!”

– Natalia Winkelman, New York Times

The Last Voyage of the Demeter should delight horror fans raised on Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, and offers an R-rated bite of vampiric brutality for genre fans with a stronger bloodlust. – Matt Donato, IGN Movies

Rich world-building, impressive scale, a commitment to practical effects, and fully realized characters ground the increasingly claustrophobic, grim tale set at sea.

– Meagan Navarro, Bloody Disgusting

You’ll be longing for a lifeboat.

– Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

If you’re going to make an R-rated horror wank about Dracula slurping throats with a smile on his face, make sure that the rest of the movie doesn’t suck as hard as he does.

– David Ehrlich, IndieWire

“Dracula,” in its deathly way, is a fairy tale. But “The Last Voyage of the Demeter” is strictly prose, and rather plodding prose at that.

– Owen Gleiberman, Variety

Even with all its promise, it is something even more horrifying which comes to define the experience: banality. It is a banality that saps the life out of the nightmarish brutality lurking beneath and leaves its cast stranded with little to guide them.

– Chase Hutchinson, Collider

The Last Voyage of the Demeter currently holds a not-so-impressive rating of 6.6/10 on IMDb and 44% on Rotten Tomatoes. But if you were looking forward to The Last Voyage of the Demeter, you should Buy your Tickets Now and enjoy the film in a packed theater. Check out the final trailer and official synopsis for the film below:

“Based on a single chilling chapter from Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula, The Last Voyage of the Demeter tells the terrifying story of the merchant ship Demeter, which was chartered to carry private cargo—fifty unmarked wooden crates—from Carpathia to London.

Strange events befall the doomed crew as they attempt to survive the ocean voyage, stalked each night by a merciless presence onboard the ship. When the Demeter finally arrives off the shores of England, it is a charred, derelict wreck. There is no trace of the crew.”