What's The Song In The Last Voyage Of The Demeter Trailer?

"Renfield" isn't the only film hitting theaters this year that is inspired by Bram Stoker's "Dracula." Universal Pictures is also set to release "The Last Voyage of the Demeter" this coming August. However, unlike "Renfield," which offers a comedic, modern take on its source material, "The Last Voyage of the Demeter" promises to deliver a darker experience that is a bit tonally closer to Stoker's original "Dracula" novel. Taking that into account, the darkness of the upcoming horror film is represented well by the song that plays during the back half of its first trailer.

The track in question is none other than "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" by The Smashing Pumpkins, which debuted on the band's 1995 album, "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness." In the liner notes for a reissue of the album, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan briefly explored the themes of "Bullet With Butterfly Wings," writing, "The song's true message has grown on me over the years, as I find it to be a withering attack on the lameness of fame."

Thematically, that may make it seem like the Smashing Pumpkins track ultimately doesn't have all that much to do with the story of "The Last Voyage of the Demeter." That doesn't mean the song isn't the right choice for the film's first teaser trailer, though. As a matter of fact, the song notably opens with the lyric, "The world is a vampire / sent to drain."

The Last Voyage of the Demeter explores one terrifying Dracula chapter

Directed by "The Autopsy of Jane Doe" filmmaker André Øvredal, "The Last Voyage of the Demeter" will bring to life one memorable chapter of "Dracula." The film is based, in specific, on a chapter known as "The Captain's Log," which details through multiple firsthand and secondhand accounts the terrifying fate that befell the crew of a ship that was unknowingly tasked with transporting Count Dracula from Transylvania to England.

"Game of Thrones" star Liam Cunningham leads the film as the captain of its eponymous ship, while actors like Aisling Franciosi, Corey Hawkins, and David Dastmalchian play members of the crew serving under Cunningham's captain. For his part, Javier Botet, who is known for playing creatures like The Crooked Man in "The Conjuring 2," will appear as Dracula himself. Based on the few glimpses of him that are featured in the film's first trailer, too, it seems safe to say that Botet's Dracula will be one of the more physically horrifying versions of the character that has ever been brought to life on-screen.

The initial teaser for "The Last Voyage of the Demeter" paints its iteration of Dracula as a slasher-esque figure who is intent on slowly but surely picking off the crew members of the film's eponymous ship. With that in mind, it makes even more sense that "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" was chosen for the film's first trailer. After all, "Despite all my rage / I am still just a rat in a cage," which is repeated throughout the song's chorus, feels like a pretty fitting way to describe what it'd be like to be trapped on a boat with a blood-sucking vampire.