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Dracula Untold: Giant's Causeway doubles for Transylvania in new film

By Linda Stewart

The Giant's Causeway has been transformed into an eerie Transylvanian mountain.

And the glorious Italian Garden at Mount Stewart doubles up as the grounds of Dracula's castle.

Some of the scenes in the forthcoming Dracula Untold movie may look a little familiar to Northern Ireland viewers – after they were shot at a host of well-known locations across the province.

The Universal Pictures $100m production of Dracula Untold, which is released on October 3, was filmed at a host of well-known National Trust properties, including the Giant's Causeway, Mount Stewart and Divis and the Black Mountains.

Familiar backdrops include the wide open spaces of Divis, which hosted battle scenes, and the Italian Garden at Mount Stewart, which played home to the grounds of Dracula's castle.

Meanwhile, the world-famous hexagonal Causeway stones double up as a fictional mountain in Transylvania – with a little CGI help.

Jon Kerr, National Trust manager at Mount Stewart, said: "It was really exciting to host the cast and crew of Dracula Untold at Mount Stewart. To be associated with such a huge Hollywood blockbuster gives us a great opportunity to showcase our wonderful places on a world stage."

Location manager Catherine Geary said the variety of landscapes here was perfect for the movie. Speaking about Divis, she said: "It was wonderfully atmospheric and grey – stunningly desolate and perfect for the Transylvania plains.

"A lot of films that come here think they have to travel far, but an hour to the south you are into forest and mountains and an hour north and you're into Jurassic coastline."

Starring Luke Evans, the movie is based on the original Bram Stoker novel and also explores the origins of Dracula.

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