“The Impaler” is a modern resurrection of Dracula. The film is directed by Derek Hockenbrough and stars Diana Angelson, Christian Gehring, Christina Collard, Teo Celigo, Katelynn Derengowski, Marcienne Dwyer, Rocco Nugent, Mark Jacobson, Gregory Lee Kenyon and Mindy Robinson. The plot centers on a group of friends Euro-trip to the home of the legendry, Eternal Prince, Count Dracula’s caslte.
The story created in this “return to Gothic horror” is a decent enough concept, but some of the more detailed portions of the story fell flat. I never really felt a connection to the characters or the vision that Hockenbrough was going for in “The Impaler”. The story arc kept a mediocre drama but there were no real thrills and the whole atmospheric suspense was missing in this film. The characters were two dimensional and sort-of cliché, even though, it is a major hang-up within the genre, acceptable as long as the cast can sell it. Unfortunately the cast never really convinced me of who they were in “The Impaler”.
The special effects in this one try to pull off the blood and guts nightmare but a few scenes failed to do so. The ones that did work created a decent practical effect. The only real problem and major irritation I have with “The Impaler” is that “if you are gonna make a movie featuring Dracula then you bloody well better have Dracula in your film!” Only two maybe three scenes even had the guy on screen. Just a lot of folklore and fabrications that were incorrect and blasphemous to the Dracula mythos, filled with inaccuracies about the Dark Prince. I didn’t really care for “The Impaler” , found the film’s inability to provide both horror or enough vampire in a film labeled horror and about vampires.