Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 1992
Love it or hate it adaptation of the classic vampire story in which American actors attempt British accents and British actors chew scenery.
There are plenty of people who love Bram Stoker’s Dracula because it is gaudy, gory, Grand Guignol, relishing every sexy, blood-soaked, over the top moment. And there are plenty of people who hate it for precisely the same reasons. It’s a film that divides audiences (except for Keanu Reeves’ performance on which pretty much everyone agrees). But can we at least agree that the title makes a promise to Bram Stoker’s estate that it really can’t keep? Frankly this film might as well be called Dracula Untold for all that it has to do with any book of the same name. Turning the unholy Dracula into a romantic hero without changing the rest of the story is like having Edward from Twilight suddenly behead Bella for no apparent reason; entertaining perhaps, but not an accurate version of the book.
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Writers: Bram Stoker (novel), James V. Hart (screenplay)
Stars: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins
Trivia: Dracula’s scream when he stabs the cross early in the film is not Oldman’s voice but that of Cramps lead singer Lux Interior.
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