KastleVania 4, a LEGO movie that has been in the works for seven years, has been launched recently, at long last! Was it worth the wait? Read on to find out!
The current CastleVania movie was made by three Finnish brothers, known as the Hovinet team. Obviously, the movie is based on Konami’s vampire and zombie-focused CastleVania series of game. As in the games (and in the previous movies), CastleVania 4 ends with the LEGO heroes confronting count Dracula (Trakula, in this particular version) himself. Since I am from Romania (a different part than Transylvania, but still), I need to tell you that Vlad the Impaler wasn’t a vampire, nor did he drink human blood. He only had some pretty sick mass-torture methods. After all, he wasn’t named “the Impaler” for nothing.
Here’s a bit of CastleVania (or KastleVania, if you wish) history, explained by the creators of the fourth installment: “The series debuted in Japan on September 26, 1986, with the release for the Family Computer Disk System (FDS), followed by an alternate version for the MSX 2 platform on October 30. Although the MSX 2 port (localized in Europe and Brazil as Vampire Killer) was released first outside of Japan, the series did not receive wide attention outside of Japan until the FDS version was ported to cartridge format for theNintendo Entertainment System and localized for North American and European releases of Castlevania in 1987.”
I’ll be frank with you. For a movie that has been in the works for 7 years (!), KastleVania 4 is pretty bad. The voice actors didn’t act very well and the direction could be better, too. I’m not going to comment on the fact that the spoken language in the movie is Finnish, simply because I enjoy foreign movies a lot, regardless if they’re in French, Korean or Persian. I’m sure some will be disturbed because the crew decided not to use English, but… think about it! The movie was made in Finland by Finns who talk… you know, Finnish. If you fit in this category, give these people a break!
Provided that you don’t care that much about acting and direction, and all you want is 2 hours and 26 minutes of LEGO geekiness, grab yourself some ice-cream and watch the flick. The LEGO bricks fans who are patient might actually find it interesting, who knows?