The Last Voyage Of The Demeter – Movie Review

The Last Voyage of the Demeter is from the pages of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

“The Last Voyage Of The Demeter,” directed by an ambitious team led by André Øvredal, sets sail with a captivating premise and a talented cast but ultimately fails to deliver the expected thrills. Drawing inspiration from Bram Stoker’s classic novel “Dracula,” the film follows the ill-fated journey of the merchant ship Demeter and its crew, who find themselves in a battle for survival against the enigmatic and deadly vampire known as Dracula. While the movie begins with promise, it gradually loses steam, leaving me with mixed feelings.

Corey Hawkins stars as a ship’s doctor desperate to return to England. He delivers a powerful and nuanced performance. Seeing him take on more roles after his work in Straight Outta Compton and In The Heights is exciting. He would be a great choice for Black Panther in the MCU. Aisling Franciosi plays a strong-willed stowaway used by Dracula to feed on for years, and Liam Cunningham is the ship’s captain who wants to complete his final voyage before retirement. Both of them deliver commendable performances. David Dastmalchian’s portrayal of Wojchek, Demeter’s first mate, adds authenticity to the tense atmosphere aboard the ship. The ensemble’s chemistry helps to establish the mounting tension and paranoia as they become aware of their mysterious stalker.

The film’s strength is in its first half.

This is where the suspense builds steadily. The claustrophobic confines of the ship amplify the crew’s growing fear as each shipmate becomes a victim one by one. They encounter eerie occurrences and discover bloodshed, mirroring the ominous tone of Stoker’s source material. The maritime setting adds a unique layer to the classic vampire tale, as the crew battles not only Dracula but also the unforgiving ocean.

However, the pacing in the second half becomes uneven, and the scares lose their impact. Although “The Last Voyage Of The Demeter” is promoted as a horror film, it lacks genuine fright and terror. The portrayal of Dracula was brought to life through a practical creation enhanced with CGI. Still, delivering a Dracula that could have provided a more visceral and believable presence would have been better, enhancing the sense of dread. I am still determining how the film earned an R-rating since it did not fully delve into the intensity that a vampire horror story demands.

At a runtime of two hours, the movie feels sluggish at times.

The film’s overlong sequences and underutilized suspenseful elements lead to a sense of repetitiveness. The tension that is carefully built early on often fizzles out, leaving the viewer yearning for more consistent pacing. Although “The Last Voyage Of The Demeter” doesn’t reach its full potential, it hints at an intriguing possibility. The narrative sets the stage for a potential sequel that could explore the larger world of Dracula, potentially diving deeper into the horror elements lacking in this installment. The film’s world-building and character dynamics offer fertile ground for future exploration.


I give The Last Voyage Of The Demeter 3 out of 5 stars. Even though it has a promising premise and commendable performances, it struggles to maintain its momentum due to the lack of genuine scares and CGI’s overuse in rendering Dracula, making him look like a mix of Gollum, Dobby the House Elf, and the MCU’s Abomination. However, the potential for an intriguing sequel may redeem this installment’s shortcomings. Read more Reviews on Nerdtropolis and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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