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Last Voyage of the Demeter: A Perfect Combo of Dread and Gore

A man and a woman on a boat
[L-R] Corey Hawkins as CLEMENS, Aisling Franciosi as ANNA

Last Voyage of the Demeter is directed by André Øvredal (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark), with a screenplay by Bragi F. Schut, Jr. and Zak Olkewic. It's starring Corey Hawkins, Aisling Franciosi, Liam Cunningham, Woody Norman, David Dasmalchian, and Jon Jon Briones.



Two men below a ship's deck in shadows
[L-R] David Dasmalchian as WOJCHECK, Chris Walley as ABRAMS, Corey Hawkins as CLEMENS
 
This monster movie horror comes from The Captain's Log from chapter 7 of Bram Stoker's Dracula. In this chapter, Mina documents her thoughts as she wonders if her fiancé, Jonathan Harker, will ever return. In the middle of her worries, a scandal erupts in town. The good ship Demeter has washed up with no signs of survivors. The only thing left is a man lashed to the wheel and the captain's log. Mina distracts herself from her troubles by reading this log. The ship's objective was to move 50 wooden crates from Carpathia to London. So it's an open ended mystery. Of course we know that Dracula used the wooden crates to transport himself to his new home in London.

The movie imagines what happened to the crew on this doomed voyage.

Two men on a ship
[L-R] Corey Hawkins as CLEMENS, Liam Cunningham as CAPTAIN ELIOT

Release date: In theaters August 11, 2023
Final score: 3.5 out of 5
  
Lindsey Dunn is a film critic with membership in both NC Film Critics and Southeastern Film Critics. She loves all things Cobra Kai, Netflix Dark, indie horror, and any stories about complicated relationships. You can find her at 1ofmystories.com and most social channels @1ofmystories.



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