All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. An easy way of seeing how…
Love never dies.
When Dracula leaves the captive Jonathan Harker and Transylvania for London in search of Mina Harker -- the spitting image of Dracula's long-dead wife, Elisabeta -- obsessed vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing sets out to end the madness.
Bram Stoker's Dracula is a superb Gothic love story. Stoker's novel is a beautifully written epic tale that cleverly uses religion, mythology and folklore to create one of the most iconic monsters ever. Now there have been many films inspired by this novel, but there aren't that many that follow the book very well. I'd wager that Coppola's film is one of the most faithful adaptations ever made. Even though it takes a few liberties, it understands what the story at its heart is about and manages to tell it without diminishing it to a cheap horror story.
This is perhaps the last 'good' film Coppola made. It on more than one occasion showcases his talent for structuring a narrative…
I once told someone that Keanu Reeves was so bad in Bram Stoker's Dracula that it was "like Ted took a bogus journey to Transylvania."
I love this movie despite him and not just because of the extreme hotness of Gary Oldman and Winona Ryder.
What happens when you shove style over substance is Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Yes, all dark and gothic the movie exudes a visual flair and panache from the make up to the costumes to the sets themselves, grandiose shadowy brooding structures where evils lurk behind every corner. Forced perspectives were often employed to combine miniature effects or matte paintings with full sized elements, or create distorted views of reality, such as holding the camera upside down or at odd angles to create the effect of objects defying the laws of physics.
I think that we can safely say that Francis Ford Coppola, director of such classics as Apocalypse Now and the Godfather got that part dead on.
Where he failed was…
Two of my favourite people. In the same movie. Butchering the accent of my homeland.
What did I do to deserve this?
Here's a bit of personal trivia for you: I once played Dracula on stage. I studied Drama as a teenager and my dulcet tones delivered a crisp, Slavic accent my teacher enjoyed and so he gave me the part. He didn't know but I based my performance on that of Gary Oldman's in this movie, Francis Ford Coppola's memorable take on Bram Stoker's Dracula, perhaps the most iconic book in all of modern literature. For a long time I've regarded his version highly, as a quite beautiful, erotic Gothic horror shot with a sumptuous atmosphere. I do still believe that, though my tolerance for it has waned somewhat; now I can recognise better the shocking miscasting at its heart leading…
My heart broke a little when I read in an interview a few years ago that Coppola wanted Winona Ryder's then-boyfriend Johnny Depp to play Harker, but the studio insisted on Keanu Reeves (I like Keanu in a lot of other movies, he just shouldn't ever be in period pieces). Imagine Depp in the role, and Dracula becomes a pulpy masterpiece - every other aspect of this movie represents Coppola firing on all cylinders for the last time until Youth Without Youth. It's an adaptation of the Stoker novel that retains all the idiosyncracies of the vampire myth that the movies usually streamline - my girlfriend had a lot of questions during the movie like "Dracula controls the weather? He's…
Coppola trying to emulate a Mario Bava-like atmosphere with the use of colors and shadows. The performances are uneven, and the second act feels like it goes on far too long.
This might well have been an accurate adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel (it's two or three years since I read it so can't remember how much it departs from his story) but this film failed to enthral me. I think it must have been the way in which it was acted, and perhaps the effects - they made it not feel like a 19th century story.
There is much to be learned from beasts.
An overblown masterpiece, filled with lashings of self indulgence and a heavy side order of ham.
Coppola's vision of Dracula was never going to be simple, taking in Hammer, Universal Horror classics and silent cinema. It may look like a mess, and frankly, it is, but as messes go, it has heart and soul. And that's gotta' count for something.
The unassuming evil of Keanu's terrible British accent. A movie so lusty in every frame must banish a persona so without libido, and it effectively does so. After an hour, I could only succumb to its will in a few stretches (mostly those with Oldman and Ryder), but when a movie suggests such omnipotence as this one, rapture isn't far away.
Part of my Rewatch list.
My opinion is unchanged. There's a visual style that I find appealing despite the fact that it really makes no sense for the movie. Its like its trying to mix the old Universal Monster style with that of a giallo film. This would be better if Dario Argento made this (actually I've seen Dario Argento's Dracula and its horrible. Statement redacted). This actually makes sense that Francis Coppola would make the movie this way given knowledge of his earlier horror pictures but man does it not work.
So many bad performances too. Of course Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves give career lows but its really strange to see Anthony Hopkins, Cary Elwes, and Tom Waits…
Goddamnit Keanu, you sure ruined a lot of movies in the 90s. That accent...
Bram Stoker's Dracula is a weird experience. It's like the people in the set department, the costumes department, the makeup department, the sound department, and the editing room are making one film...while the writer and the actors are making a completely different one. The competing objectives lead to a mediocre film with a lot of wasted potential.
I love the cheesy over-the-top ridiculous film the former group were focusing on. It's got tons of unique style. It opens up with some beautiful sillhouette'd fighting and keeps getting better as we see the preposterous costumes they put on Oldman, the architecture of his castle, etc. The sounds…
Much maligned for making the implicit sexuality in the novel explicit. However we find a well realized vision of most of the major thread of critical theory concerning the late Victorian novel. Tom Waits, Winona Rider and Anthony Hopkins deliver inspired performances.
*every print I've seen is very aged. This is in desperate need of remastering.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- The Brood
- The Lost Weekend
- Winter Light
- The Changeling
No idea if there is a list for this yet, but I think I will keep this as kind of…