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10th Aug 2023

New horror film has just been given the Stephen King seal of approval

Simon Kelly

Last Voyage of the Demeter

It takes a chapter out of one of the best horror novels ever written.

2023 has already been a gift for horror fans, with some incredible new entries including the likes of Evil Dead Rise, M3gan and the excellent Talk to Me.

With even more to come, like The Exorcist: Believer and Five Nights at Freddy’s, we’re in for a bumper year for horror. But there’s one film that has gone under the radar, and it’s starting to get hype from all the right places.

That film is The Last Voyage of the Demeter, and it’s already been given the seal of approval from the master of horror himself, Stephen King.

The plot for the monster flick focuses on a specific (and arguably the most terrifying) chapter of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and tells the story of the cursed journey of The Demeter, the boat that unknowingly brought the titular vampire over to London from Transylvania and the horrific fate of the crew on board.

Directed by André Øvredal, who also directed the pretty terrifying Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, The Last Voyage stars Javier Botet as the creepy creature, alongside Irish actors Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones), Aisling Franciosi (The Fall) and Chris Walley (The Young Offenders). David Dastmalchian, who recently featured in Oppenheimer also stars.

As well as King sharing his delight after watching the film, MCU directing juggernaut Joe Russo has also added to the hype, saying Øvredal’s direction was “epically visual”.

The Last Voyage of the Demeter comes out in the US and Canada on August 11, however, it currently has no Irish release date.

All we can do is hold out hope the ship will someday show up on Irish shores, but for now it might be best to give that Dracula chapter a read-through a couple more times.

You can check out the creepy trailer below.

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