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Bram Stoker's Dracula


Oscar winner Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather; Apocalypse Now) directed this lush, heavily stylised, star-studded adaptation of perhaps the most famous horror story of all time.

Gary Oldman plays the title character, a Transylvanian Count (and blood sucker) who becomes obsessed with a young British woman, Mina Murray (Winona Ryder) because she reminds him of his long lost love Elisabeta.

Bram Stoker's Dracula is a grand staging of a classic story where apparently no expense has been spared. The set and costume design alone make the film a success, and while the story jumps about a little bit, Coppola does all he can to make you believe Love Never Dies, as the film's tagline suggested.

He employees numerous visual tricks to keep the film arresting and the tone varies between high camp; deep gothic and genuinely scary horror. Bram Stoker's Dracula is many things, but it is never boring.

Oldman is full-on as the count, and his many costumes are some of the best things about the movie. Ryder is her usual whimpering self, and Keanu Reeves (as Mina's intended Jonathan Harker) is still remembered for his terrible British accent.

Anthony Hopkins is great as the aging vampire hunter Van Helsing (a character re-jigged for the recent Hugh Jackman blockbuster) and several other notable actors - Richard E. Grant; Sadie Frost; Cary Elwes; Tom Waits and Bill Campbell all offer memorable turns.

It's just the thing for late on a Sunday - if you've never gotten 'round to watching this film, just sit back and take in all the visual splendour.

 


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