Dracula Untold is the most accurate movie ever made about the legend of Dracula, also known as Vlad the Impaler (or Vlad Tepes). You can watch the movie and safely imagine that if Vlad was indeed a vampire, then this would have been his story.
Dracula Untold perfectly mixes the historical truth with the all so known legend. For all those vampire enthusiasts out there, this movie explains the historical context of Vlad the Impaler. This ruler has always been considered by the Romanian people a brave, fair king who actually loved his people.
So, to straighten things up, below, there are two lists. One shows all the true historical facts that the movie is accurately keeping and the second one presents all the elements of this movie that have no link, whatsoever , with the legend of Dracula:
The true facts of Dracula Untold:
- – All the characters’ names in the movie are of Romanian origin. All the names from the movie are still used in Romania. The only one that is different is the name of Vlad’s son – “Ingeras” – this would mean “Little Angel” in Romanian.
- – The story that opens the movie, about those boys tortured by the Turks and transformed into soldiers, is true. The Ottoman army was known for kidnapping or requesting young boys from all around the empire. All the young prisoners were raised to be soldiers. Vlad the Impaler and his brother were both raised by the Turks.
- – Also, in the beginning, Vlad the Impaler is called “Son of the Dragon”. This fact is also true. Vlad’s Father, named Vlad Dracul, was member of the Dragon Order, a christian knight order meant to fight against the ottoman Turks.
- – As shown in the movie, Vlad The Impaler was actually impaling his enemies to make a fear statement for all those who would be against him.
- – In 1459, Vlad the Impaler refused to pay tribute to the Turks sparking a conflict
- – Mehmet was indeed the sultan who led the Turks into conflict with Vlad’s army. It is also said that the sultan and Vlad knew each other since childhood as they had trained to fight together in the heart of the Ottoman Empire.
- – As the main character states, the name Dracula comes not from the Romanian word for devil (drac), but from the term Dragon (Vlad was, as his father, member of the Dragon Order). However, as dragons are not specific to Romanian culture, Romanian people named the Dragon Symbol as a Drac symbol without referring to the devil.
- – Nobody knows where Vlad was buried, but some historians link his death to Cozia Monastery (as in the movie)
- – To avoid being caught by the Turks, one of Vlad’s wives committed suicide by falling from the walls of Poenari Castle
The fantasy facts of Dracula Untold
- – Vlad the Impaler had four sons and one daughter (not only one son like in the movie)
- – Vlad the Impaler never was a ruler of the Transylvanian region but he was instead three times ruler of Wallachia, a wide region near Transylvania. For example, Bucharest, the capital of Romania, was in Wallachia in the times when Vlad ruled.
- – The legend surrounding Vlad the Impaler doesn’t mention any cave and any deal made by the ruler with a demon
- – The landscapes in the movie Dracula Untold are not from Transylvania, nor Romania as it matters, as the movie was filmed mostly in Ireland.
- – A priest tells Vlad that there is a vampire in the cave. The term Vampire is much newer, from the XVIII-th century. However, it might also be an older term, but even so its origins would be in the Serbian language, not in the Greek language as the movie states.
- – Vlad had three wives. None of them was named Mirena, as it is in this movie.
- – At one point, a tarantula is shown. There were no tarantulas on the land where Vlad the Impaler lived.
- – Neither Vlad’s castle, nor Cozia monastery don’t look as they look in the movie
- – There was no ottoman tactic of fighting blindfolded
- – None of Vlad’s son came to the throne after his death. It was Radu the Handsome who took the throne after the second and longest reign of Vlad. After Vlad took briefly the throne back in 1476, he was killed and then Basarab Laiota the Old briefly took the power.
Even though the real facts are kind of equal in number with the fantasy facts, Dracula Untold is the first movie, on the subject, that follows so many real story leads.