‘The Vourdalak’ Trailer: A Sumptuous Vampire Tale Older Than ‘Dracula’

the vourdalak

If you think vampire stories are getting tired, then director Adrien Beau has something special just for you. Directed and co-written by Beau, The Vourdalak is a stylish and bizarre take on the vampire, adapted from a 19th-century Russian novella about the titular creature. Don’t believe us? Check out the new trailer.

But first, read the full synopsis:

When the Marquis d’Urfé, a noble emissary of the King of France, is attacked and abandoned in the remote countryside, he finds refuge at an eerie, isolated manor. The resident family, reluctant to take him in, exhibits strange behavior as they await the imminent return of their father, Gorcha. But what begins simply as strange quickly devolves into a full-fledged nightmare when Gorcha returns, seemingly no longer himself…

Now watch the gorgeous trailer:

The Vourdalak is based on The Family of the Vourdalak, a novella by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy written in 1839. Tolstoy originally wrote the story in French, but it was initially published in Russian. Two years later, Tolstoy wrote another vampire-focused tale, this time simply titled The Vampire.

The film has its World Premiere in the International Critics’ Week section at the 80th Venice International Film Festival. Kacey Mottet Klein, Ariane Labed, Grégoire Colin, and Vassili Schneider star. Beau co-wrote the script with Hadrien Bouvier.

The Vourdalak comes exclusively to theaters on June 28, 2024.

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