5 Questions With Horror Master Dario Argento!!

11. THOMAS KRETSCHMANN SHOWS OFF HIS FANGS AS THE LEGENDARY VAMPIRE COUNT IN ARGENTO'S DRACULA 3DIN

Horror master Dario Argento (Suspiria, Deep Red) took the high-tech approach to Argento’s Dracula (formerly Dracula 3D), which he filmed in new 3D technology. I recently hopped on the phone with Argento to discuss the film, particularly his use of the 3D format. We also touch upon the that rich vibrant red he uses for his blood and what it’s like to work with his daughter, Asia Argento.

Horror master Dario Argento returns with a bloody, luridly creepy 3D version of the classic vampire tale, drenched in gore and sex. An unsuspecting Englishman arrives in Transylvania, lured by a job with a local nobleman. But the undead Count Dracula’s real target is the man’s innocent young wife. Featuring the iconic Rutger Hauer as vampire hunter Van Helsing and the inimitable Asia Argento (the director’s own daughter) as a local all-too-eager to fall under the Count’s sway.” Thomas Kretschmann, Marta Gastini, Rutger Hauer, Asia Argento, Miguel Angel Silvestre, and Miriam Giovanelli all star.

Head below to check it out! Argento’s Dracula is now available both in select theaters and on cable and digital VOD. Just a note: we had a bad phone connection and Argento’s English isn’t perfect (though he was still a pleasure to speak with). I’ve transcribed this to the best of my ability.

When you decided to adapt Dracula did you see it as a unique opportunity to imprint your voice on it?

Yes, I had the idea to do an adaptation but I couldn’t find a good way to do it. But I liked the character and found him interesting. Then I saw the new technology for 3D which was very good, a new way to put the story onscreen. I thought it was a good way to put Dracula on the screen again.

How was it working in that format? It changes the way you frame your shots, correct?

Yes. It’s different. It’s a challenge. It’s important to do that. For the first time in my life I saw the difference from character to character. It has such great possibilities.

How did you come about casting Thomas Kretschmann as Dracula?

I’ve known him for a long time and when I knew the project was good, I called him. He was very enthusiastic. He’s European and close to the character. We have a good relationship, we are very good friends.

The blood in this film is that signature Argento red…

Red is important. The color of blood. Like Deep Red. It’s very important. It’s a moment of the films. Red and then black. I saw a DCP of Suspiria because for this film I wanted the color to be very strong.

What’s it like working with your daughter Asia? Do you find that it’s easier or more difficult than working with other actors?

I worked with her on five films. It’s a very good number. I work with her very well. She knows my deep love of film. My love of cinema. It’s good to work with her. This time I had her prepare for the character of Lucy, a very strong character. It’s a very important role.

  • Golic

    yeah, I got a question; who the hell decided this HACK was a “horror master”??

    • Nicholas Blondsey

      Agreed. I was told about 10 years ago that Suspiria was the scariest movie ever. I remember watching it and thinking “when’s the scary stuff coming?”. It did, in the last 12 minutes of the film. I can’t believe I paid $20 for that DVD. I give him credit for backing Dawn of the Dead and Demons.

      • a9WI7Gvf1LE9Zm

        You really need to compare it to its contemporaries of its time. When it came out, the music, visual style, and tone of the movie were much different than most movies.

        Also, “What is scary?” is the most subjective thing ever.

        I don’t find it particularly “scary”, either, but the movie is a classic. You have to recognize and respect that even if his recent movies haven’t been too great.

    • Lion7718

      I was already laughing when I read the title.

  • EvanDickson

    Based on suspiria and deep red I’d say he earned that. Not a fan of the new one though.

    • Golic

      ‘Suspiria’ and ‘Deep Red’ are exactly why I’m calling him a hack.

      • Skull-And-Crossbones

        i’d call argento a “horror master”. Suspiria, Tenebrae (its awesome and it often gets overlooked because of his other movies), Deep Red etc.

        • Julian Nunez

          Agreed, Tenebrae is awesome. I’m pretty shocked anyone would call him a hack, his last few movies aren’t that good but I’d definitely think movies like Deep Red, Tenebrae,etc warrant that title.

      • a9WI7Gvf1LE9Zm

        Well, there is no accounting for taste.

        People aren’t usually called “Legends” lightly. They’ve earned it.

        Just because you don’t like his old movies doesn’t make it not so.

  • Austin

    why is there a mantis on draculas head in the poster??

    • Rick-Taylor

      He turns into a giant praying mantis in the movie.

    • mobstar67

      the mantis is bad but whats worse is that Dracula needs to trim the nose hairs…the dark prince needs to work on his grooming standards..

  • dr.lamb

    1. Why are your last movie so bad ?
    2. Do you really still love making films ?
    3. How did you convince Hauer and Kretschmann ?
    4. So you have included a nude scene for your daughter again ?
    5. Don’t you feel at least a little ashamed for “Dracula 3D”?

  • Sloppy Joe Cocky

    What a missed opportunity. Out of the many, many questions you could’ve asked Argento, those were the five you chose? This could quite possibly be the most boring interview I’ve ever read. You’re slacking, Evan.

    • EvanDickson

      It’s an interview for the film. I asked a lot more questions, but we ran out of time. I whittled it down to these.

      You have to understand how difficult it is to speak to Argento on the phone. There’s a language barrier.

      • Nicholas Blondsey

        As well as a taste barrier.

  • macguffin54

    Yeah, I don’t think much of him, either. Keep in mind I don’t just go for slasher, cheesy gorefests. I like all kinds of movies, any language, any genre, set in any time period, made at any point in time, conventional or avant-garde, broad or niche. I just don’t find him talented at all. But that’s me.

  • mobstar67

    i liked Demons 1&2 but i didnt really get the hype of Susperia and this past decade a list of one film worst than the next with Dracula 3D taking the cake as the biggest pile of sh*t …
    The Master Of Horror title is subjective i suppose…

    • a9WI7Gvf1LE9Zm

      Indeed it is. What kind of people are on this site?
      I’ve never seen so many people shit talk Susperia in one spot.

      It’s got a whole vibe to it, that much I will agree with. And if you don’t like that old Italian giallo, Goblin-infused, dubbed-over, rainbow color aesthetic, that is fine.

      But he’s called a Master for a reason.
      His early giallos as well as Susperia, Deep Red, Tenebrae, and Opera are absolute classics and they pushed a lot of boundaries at the time.

      George Romero has made some PAINFULLY bad movies in recent years, but he’s still the director of the original Dead trilogy, Martin, and The Crazies. He’s a master regardless of his current output.

      And so is Argento.

      • mobstar67

        what kind of people are on this site…???
        i guess all kinds of different people that share different opinions of different films..
        I have taken the time to watch almost all of Dario Argento’s films.. They are not my cup of tea but i understand what he was trying to do in his early work with his distinct brand of horror and i dont critisize people for liking them or disliking them..too each is own.. For those who like them..enjoy!!!
        as for the films he has directed the past 10-15 years..they are just flat out bad..Have you seen Dracula 3D ??? its very bad..what makes it even worse is that this IS a Dario Argento film and not some student film ….
        with that thought of bad films the past 10-15 years i suppose the same could be said about Romero or even Carpenter and they certainly own the status of “Masters of Horror” so i guess the same could be said of Argento for his past achievements…

  • scaryjim

    I don’t know how he goes from Suspiria etc and his cheesy but awesome Demons productions to his last few years of mediocre tedium. It absolutely beggars belief. It really is very jarring when we all know how bad Dracula 3D is, BD knows how bad it is yet we’ll get interviews and features that continue to not acknowledge this and tiptoe around the issue. How about an in depth analysis of what the fuck exactly happened to Dario? That would be an article I could get behind. While we’re at it do one on Romero too.

    • Nicholas Blondsey

      Another one I agree with. Romero’s films have been missing great actors lately. I was just watching The Dark Half, which used to be one of my least favorite Romero films, and was thinking “how could I hate this? the acting was superb.” Then I watch his newer films like Diary, Survival, Deadtime Stories and wonder what the hell happened.

      • Darkness69

        The Dark Half is definitely underrated!

  • horrorking95

    You should of have asked him, why have all your films been so shit lately?

  • MrMyers

    Suspiria,Deep Red and Inferno are classics of the genre.
    Amazing looking films with great scores.
    That more than makes up for the shitty acting for me.
    Phenomena and Two Evil eyes are pretty good aswell,so id say hes a horror master.
    If he isnt,who the hell is?
    All the names that usually get mentioned as ‘masters’ havent made good films for years either.

  • DreamWave

    Suspiria was an absolute one of a kind masterpiece, i haven’t experienced ANYTHING like that before and i’ve watched a lot of lucio and L.Bava’s work…Suspiria is like a living nightmare caught on film, it was possibly the most surreal movie experience i’ve ever had in my life and the goblin infused nerve hitting score was outstanding….Before, the original A Nightmare on elm street was my favorite horror film of all time, but suspiria has now taken it’s place. ;) Tenenbre, Deep Red and Operah desserve major props as well! Still haven’t checked out Phenomena yet but it looks pretty interesting! Dario is a horror legend(Circa 70′s to early 80′) and has every right to be called so.

  • DreamWave

    However, Inferno was an utter failure(ok maybe that’s pushing it), or at least compared to suspiria. A Massive letdown in every single way imaginable, i’m sure if Goblin helmed the score it would of fared a lot better than it did. aside from the set pieces looking ‘like’ set pieces(They were overly done this time out and tried to ride on the coat tails of suspiria’s candy colored visuals but it just didn’t work nearly as well) it just didn’t immerse me into the world that suspiria did and does not whatsoever hold a trink o it’s greatness. Dario without goblin just doesn’t work. :P

  • Darkness69

    It’s one thing to acknowledge that his current path is not as brilliant as the one years, even decades ago, but it’s an entirely different thing to outright bash him for his work! Like it’s not enough that horror in general is regarded as a retarded genre!

  • undertaker78

    That poster is sick. I want a copy.