Bram Stoker's Dracula

Bram Stoker's Dracula

DVD - 2007
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Jonathan Harker is a young lawyer who is assigned to a gloomy village just outside of Transylvania. He is forced to stay at the castle of the undead vampire Dracula and imprisoned by his minons. Dracula travels to London after being inspired by a photograph of Harker's betrothed, Mina Murray. Once Dracula lands in England, his reign of seduction and terror begins. He drains the life from Mina's closest friend, Lucy Westenra. Lucy's friends, including her fiancé, gather together to try to drive Dracula away.

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plotline Mar 04, 2017

Bloody, Baroque, Spectacular

Hark, all ye cinephiles. The master beckons! And few among your numbers shall resist him. For he brings to bear all the wondrous powers at his disposal.

Observe: shadow puppets dancing on the horizon against a crimson sky; iris apertures (in and out); transforming dissolves (from a frightful pair of wounds on a delicate neck into twin pinpoints of light in a wolf's eyes); miniatures and animation (a creepy, willful shadow finds its way across a castle wall); the startling recreation of early cinematic imagery (jerky-jerky, flickering movements from the dawn of motion pictures). Yes, faithful movie lover, gaze upon all this and be swept up in a maelstrom of inventive joy where you will find more... much, much more!

With awe-inspiring virtuosity Francis Ford Coppola pays deep tribute to the art of filmmaking with his deliciously overstuffed rendition of the old vampire chestnut. He calls it BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA and indeed parts of it, like Murnau's NOSFERATU (1922), are extremely loyal to the spirit and reality of the novel. But in his zeal to express his profound respect for the medium Coppola also bows to Browning and Lugosi.

Gary Oldman plays the title role (fiercely, tenderly, howlingly) in two stages, first as a wizened, pasty-faced, bouffant-coiffed, satin-robed nobleman (the Murnau/Max Schreck vision) and later as a dandified, well-heeled aristo-about-town (the Lugosi influence).

Using Victorian England, a veritable hothouse of repressed carnality, as the main backdrop, Coppola makes this the most sexualized, eroticized vampire movie in existence.
There's so much to mention and not enough space so here's the upshot: the movie is a treasure trove of technique and creativity. It's a sustained, focused, cinematic tour-de-force (and Keanu is good in it too!). It's atmospheric, exciting, kaleidoscopic.

You bet it was "made in Hollywood"- it's like something from Tinseltown's Golden Age.
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c67macdonald
Feb 26, 2017

Great cinematography, the sex scenes great and scary and realistic, acting super!

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therhiannamater
Jan 23, 2017

I will defend this movie with my life if it came to it. Gary Oldman is absolutely incredible as Dracula and gives one of my favorite performances in modern film. Winona Ryder is the perfect vision of Gothic beauty and elegance. Also, Tom Waits as Renfield, it just doesn't get better than that.

Elafi Dec 07, 2015

I think this movie is the perfect example of the power of names to impress. I can't believe this thing was critically acclaimed. The spooky atmosphere is about all I can find that's good about it. But the story--oh my God. People come to Dracula for horror and misogyny. The misogyny they indubitably got, but where, pray, was the horror? And adding some reincarnated love story to the mix? Spare me. I was extremely disappointed with this movie. I expected better of Coppola.

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lukasevansherman
Apr 14, 2015

"Take me away from all this death." So much blood.

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babyboy04
Jul 10, 2014

I love vampires books and movies. They are my favarite thing to watch.

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jazeebelle
May 17, 2014

This film is beautiful. The score is amazing.... Gary Oldman does not disappoint. That being said, this is one of the worst waste of film i've ever seen. Ryder and Reeves are ridiculous and should stick to surfer movies. Blech. Peeee-ew.... waste of time.

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SAPL454
Dec 11, 2013

This Dracula adaptation proved to be very classical in nature, bringing with it great actors and a believable story line!

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Keogh
Dec 10, 2013

A full blooded adaptation of the Stoker story benefits from Oldman in the lead, with Anthony Hopkins, Winona Ryder, Cary Elwes, Richard Grant, and Bill Campbell all doing good turns in various roles. The one glaring problem with the film: Keanu Reeves, who can't hold an English accent for more than five minutes and lacks the presence the role required. He should count himself lucky that Speed and the Matrix were films still in his future when he made this.

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pronto1961
Nov 15, 2012

gary oldman. gary oldman. gary oldman!!!!!! oh, and tom waits!!! enough said.

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Sep 26, 2010

Count (Lord) Dracula ascends upon England to wreak havoc on the fiancee of a man who Dracula wants as his own.

In this evil love story Reeves is the unsuspecting muse of Gary Oldman, while Hopkins & Ryder try to save him from the dark underworld.

Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves, Anthony Hopkins and Winona Ryder do an excellent job all around.

Not recommended for anyone under 21, due to the graphic sexual scenes and pure evilness portrayed.

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