Monday, October 28, 2013

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

Halloween Movie #3 (Please click the links to read my reviews of other vampire films – Bordello of Blood, Blade, Shadow of the Vampire, and Interview With the Vampire). 

Synopsis: Victorian-era upper-class twits learn the hard way that European aristocrats really suck. 

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “In BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA, Coppola returns to the original source of the Dracula myth, and from that gothic romance, he creates a modern masterpiece.” 

What Did I Learn?: Apparently, you can turn yourself into a vampire by publicly renouncing God, attacking a cross, and drinking some blood. 

You Might Like This Movie If:  You know that vampires are nothing but trouble. 

Really?: 1) See “What Did I Learn?” 2) So... Mina is the reincarnation of Elisabeta, and her past life now controls her? And *that’s* the reason Dracula is buying up all those properties in London, because he has a psychic link to her? At least, that’s my take on the plot, not that any of it is ever satisfactorily explained. 3) At one point, the cowboy, Quincey, exclaims: “Miss Lucy is hotter than a June bride riding bareback buck naked in the middle of the Sahara!” Jesus, who wrote that dialogue – Yosemite Sam? 

Rating: Clocking in at 128 minutes, Bram Stoker’s Dracula takes an awfully long time to get going, drags a bit in the middle – especially the scenes when the Count romances Nina in London, and is too long for my taste. Overall, Bram Stoker's Dracula is a visually stunning film, with good performances from Anthony Hopkins, Winona Ryder and Gary Oldman (Keanu Reeves is quite awful, however) and some genuinely creepy moments. 7/10 stars.

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