czwartek, 25 lipca 2013

Bram Stoker's Dracula

               Count Dracula is by far the most popular vampire in history. First introduced by Bram Stoker in his horror/gothic novel from 1897 titled "Dracula", he became a symbol of horror for many years. Vampire stories started to appear everywhere, and Professor Abraham Van Helsing left the book entirely to start a life of his own.

In 1992 Francis Ford Coppola, after reading a script written by James V. Hart, decided to make a new movie about the infamous Count. He wanted it to be a dream like picture with great costumes. And so it definately is.

I had very mixed feelings while watching the movie. It was following the book very well, so it's one of the things I liked. The costumes were indeed unusual and at times breathtaking. And the movie had very often sort of misty or dreamlike quality, especially when the victimes met Dracula. There was a lot of nudity and sexual vibe as well :).

But for me the movie had no qualities of a horror film at all. It was not scary (as nowadays horror films are trying to be) but it was rather a story of desperation. Dracula doesn't seem to be a terrible monster (just a regular one) but a man who is trying to find solace after centuries of loneliness. A man who wants to somehow avenge the death of his beloved Elisabeta.

I really loved Gary Oldman as Dracula. But then again, he is great in any movie!

P.S. And the man responsible for making the beautiful music to the movie is Wojciech Kilar - a Pole.

The poster

Gary Oldman as Count Dracula

Winona Ryder as Mina Harker

Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker

Anthony Hopkins as Professor Abraham Van Helsing

Dracula's brides

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