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Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

Directed by:
Francis Ford Coppola
COUNTRY
USA

GENRE
Thriller/Horror

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Bram Stoker’s Dracula

RUNNING TIME
128 minutes

Produced by:
Francis Ford Coppola
Fred Fuchs
Charles Mulvehill

Written by (based on the novel by Bram Stoker):
James V. Hart


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Count Dracula / Vlad Gary Oldman ˝

Mina Harker / Elizabeta

Winona Ryder
Professor Abraham Van Helsing Anthony Hopkins
Jonathan Harker Keanu Reeves
Dr. Jack Seward Richard E. Grant ˝
Lord Arthur Holmwood Cary Elwes ˝
Quincey P. Morris Bill Campbell
Lucy Westenra Sadie Frost
R. M. Renfield Tom Waits
Mr. Hawkins Jay Robinson -
Dracula's Bride Monica Bellucci -

 

Review

Francis Ford Coppola's treatment of Bram Stoker's classic novel is one of the most stylistically fulfilled and visually ambitious films of all-time in the horror genre. A testament to Coppola's vision and position at the time, fresh off from The Godfather Part III, Bram Stoker's Dracula was arguably the director's last fully successful film to date. With a title that suggests an increased faithfulness to the book, the picture opens with a handsome red and black colour palette which may not exactly transport you back to 15th century Transylvania, but certainly immerses you in its romanticized spirit. You cannot help but become impressed by Coppola's craft and vision, even if the film's meticulousness, aesthetics and stylized (albeit enjoyable) performances do unavoidably become distractions from the suspense and thrills you'd expect in a rendition of one of history's most renowned pieces of horror literature. Gary Oldman gives an immaculate performance in the title role. Like the bloodthirsty count himself, Oldman alternates between repelling and enthralling you. And there is technically adept supporting work from Winona Ryder as Dracula's love interest and Anthony Hopkins as Professor Van Helsing. What the film and the cast ultimately have in common is that neither of them really succeed in reaching your gut and making its large portions of eroticism and gore truly felt. For that, Bram Stoker's Dracula remains somewhat too mannered and distant.

Re-reviewed: Copyright © 19.12.2023 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review: Copyright © 05.02.1997 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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