'Dracula' review: Jonathan Rhys Meyers lacks bite in NBC's toothless take on the legend

With the premiere of NBC's "Dracula" on Friday (Oct. 25), it is safe to say that the well of vampire lore that has so fascinated pop culture for the last few years has finally run dry.The Peacock has teased this 10-episode limited series, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the titular bloodsucker, as a sexy thrill ride, what with that trailer featuring a mass of writhing naked women who, as the camera zooms in, part ways to reveal Meyers at the very core. The premiere hour, however, stands in marked contrast, coming off more as the equivalent of a wet rag.Part of this disappointment is owed to the series' need to explain quite a lot to the audience. This new iteration of the infamous legend, produced by the folks behind "Downton Abbey," finds Dracula arriving in London at the close of the 19th century, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern technology to...


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