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Monday, March 15, 2010

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) - Francis Ford Coppola

How is it that I have gone all of this time never seeing this movie? How is this possible? This is one of the best adaptations of book, Dracula, by Bram Stoker. At least that I have ever seen, yet I feel conflicted because this movie paints Dracula as a sympathetic romantic and that's not how I see him or how he is supposed to be. Like I said though this has to be one of the best interpretations of the book and one of the most graphic.

I really enjoyed the movies special effects, in fact I was blown away by them. Dracula's shadow and transformation scenes were really on point for 1992. Credit also goes to the all star cast that puts on a stellar performance here, including Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, and Tom Waits. Any movie with Tom Waits in it that I have seen so far has not been all that bad, Coffee & Cigarettes, Domino, and now Dracula, Pretty decent.

If your not familiar with the story I will give you the skinny of it. Vlad the Impaler, or Dracula, loses his wife when she commits suicide. A long time later, like the 1800's, Keanu Reeves is captured and Dracula feeds on him and his brides rape him... I don't feel like going over the entire story so let me just say Dracula has to die and Van Helsing has to help.

Francis Ford Coppola's version of Bram Stoker's Dracula is a really amazing version but I am going to have to rank this below the 1931 version. I am going to rank this version of Dracula at a 7 of 10. I really had a good time watching this movie but its going to take a lot more than this to top the original classic weather that be Nosferatu or Dracula.

Winona Ryder is a babe!
  • This film very closely follows the book, yet the book is by far less sex filled.
  • This vampire movie has day walking
  • Steve Buscemi was going to play Renfield but didn't accept
  • There were various video games on various platforms including NES, SNES, and Genesis.

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