The Rules of the Beast
Dracula Season 1

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For over 120 years, Bram Stoker's classic novel, Dracula, has inspired generations of filmmakers. Now the creators of Sherlock give the legend fresh blood! It's 1897 and St Mary's Convent in Budapest plays host to a desiccated husk of a human being, Jonathan Harker, an English lawyer with a strange and unsettling story to tell. Listening in is the kind and inquisitive Sister Agatha, a nun with an unusual interest in the creatures of the night. Invited to Transylvania to meet the reclusive Count Dracula, Harker finds himself trapped in an ancient, terrifying castle, a maze of mouldering corridors and vaults: a prison without locks. It soon becomes clear that he and his client are the only things living in the echoing halls of the moulding pile, and that the Count himself isn't living at all. In fact, Dracula is a 400-year-old vampire who has grown weary of his own exhausted country and has set his sights on the new world.

Cast

Claes Bang
as Dracula
John Heffernan
as Jonathan Harker
Tim Ingall
as Krasnaya Rubashka
Clive Russell
as Old Valentin
Joanna Scanlan
as Mother Superior
Dolly Wells
as Sister Agatha
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Critic Reviews for The Rules of the Beast

In the same way the duo modernized Sherlock, Dracula is both completely familiar and distinct enough that I'm personally curious to see where their story goes from here.

Jan 5, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This was a thoroughly entertaining and gripping season opener, nicely balancing horror with well timed humour, thanks to Claes Bang and Dolly Well's outstanding performances.

Jan 3, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…