With that in mind we thought we’d rundown the ten best unforgettable Dracula performances in cinema. Check them out below and let us know in the comments if you agree or disagree!
Christopher Lee – Dracula (1958)
Dracula (1958) is the first in the series of Hammer Horror films. Directed by Terence Fisher, Dracula (1958) stars Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh and Michael Gough. Retitled Horror of Dracula
British actress Justine Waddell, who learnt Russian for her role in Alexander Zeldovich’s Target (Mishen), will join the competition’s international jury, including Moscow Film Festival programme director Kirill Razlogov, Russian actress Olga Sutulova, and Armenian-French actor-director-producer Serge Avedikian, with writer-director Svetlana Proskurina as jury chairperson.
The competition line-up of 10 first and second features are as follows:
Life Feels Good, dir: Maciej Pieprzyca, PolandStill Life, dir: Uberto Pasolini, UKClass Enemy, dir: Rok Bicek, SloveniaBlind, dir: Eskil Vogt, NorwayStereo, dir: Maximilian Erlenwein, GermanyThe Art Of Happiness, dir: Alessandro Rak, ItalyWolf, dir: Jim Taihuttu, The NetherlandsTo See The Sea, dir: Jirí Mádl, Czech RepublicWhen Animals Dream, dir: Jonas Alexander Arnby, DenmarkSkinless, dir: Vladimir Beck, Russia.
Sidebars include the out-of-competition European section with such films as The Great Beauty
Directed by Tarsem Singh.
Starring Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru, Justine Waddell, Daniel Caltagirone, Marcus Weasley and Robin Smith.
In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the tale advances.
I was recommended The Fall by a friend who knew my love of Mr Nobody and Big Fish. I'm happy to say my friend has very good taste in films, and knows me well. The Fall is quietly comedic and very, very loudly poignant, if such a thing is possible. Director Tarsem Singh crafts an almost otherworldly story with characters that although are caricatures, are also a little too close to home to ignore.
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Based on real events, Killing Bono tells the story of young Irish rocker Neil McCormick and his younger brother, Ivan, who attempt to become rock stars but can only look on as their school friends form U2 and become the biggest band in the world.
"I think they're going to scratch it out. I think Don't Trust the B---- In Apartment 23 is what it going to say. I'm just going to say 'bitch' and let everyone else worry about it (Laughs). Yeah, it's really fun. It's the tightest writing I've ever seen, doing a comedy. The writing is tight, every episode is just jam-packed. Every script I get, my jaw just hits the floor.
If you ask me, it's difficult for anyone to Not be a fan of actress Krysten Ritter. After appearing in What Happens in Vegas, 27 Dresses, Confessions of a Shopaholic, She's Out of My League, and a memorable arc on the AMC series Breaking Bad, Krysten Ritter has established herself as a go-to actress for any sort of unconventional role. Krysten Ritter appears in the fantastic comedy Killing Bono, which is based on music critic Neil McCormick's memoir, and hits theaters on November 4. Krysten Ritter plays Gloria, Neil McCormick's spunky new neighbor who becomes his love interest. I recently had the chance to speak with Krysten Ritter over the phone, and here's what she had to say.
I really enjoyed the movie, but I haven't gotten
Director Nick Hamm has had a very diverse career so far, exploring several different genres. He's done comedy (The Very Thought of You), drama (Talk of Angels), and horror (The Hole, Godsend). Now the director is tackling a true story tale which is equal parts comedy and drama with the fantastic Killing Bono, which is currently available through video on demand formats, and hits theaters November 4. Killing Bono shows us both sides of the cutthroat music industry. The story centers on Neil McCormick (Ben Barnes), a childhood friend of the enormously successful band U2, who goes to maniacal lengths to outdo the band, despite lacking the talent to do so. I recently had the chance to speak with Nick Hamm over the phone about Killing Bono, and here's what he had to say below.
Most movies based on a true story already have a built-in audience, fans of the subject matter. The wonderful new indie release Killing Bono, which is currently available on video on demand formats and will hit theaters November 4, is unique because it will appeal to both fans and haters of the mega-group U2. Killing Bono is based on the memoir of Neil McCormick, a childhood friend of Bono, The Edge, and the rest of U2. For years, Neil McCormick tried to achieve the same success as U2, while constantly living in their shadow, and this hilarious and heartfelt tale brilliantly shows us both the highs and lows of the cutthroat music business. Ben Barnes, best known to fans of The Chronicles of Narnia as Prince Caspian,
Wes Craven Presents 3 films in one complete horror boxset. Starring Gerard Butler, Jonny Lee Miller, Rutger Hauer and many more.
Dracula 2001: A gang of high-tech thieves, led by Marcus (Omar Epps) and Solina (Jennifer Esposito), break into a vault buried deep in the heart of London hoping to find treasure. Instead, they succeed in reviving an ancient evil–the legendary Count Dracula himself (Gerard Butler), who terrorized England a century earlier until he was stopped by Dr. Abraham Van Helsing. Now, Dracula makes his way to modern New Orleans to track
It’s a funny movie packed with music and has the feel of a caper.where winning a record contract has been replaced with doing a bank job. To celebrate its release today we’ve got two clips to show off. Definitely worth checking out, especially if you love all things U2. You can read our review here and check out our tribute actor Pete Postlethwaite here.
Killing Bono is a rock n’ roll comedy about two Irish brothers struggling to forge their path through the 1980′s music scene… whilst the meteoric rise to fame of their old school pals U2 only serves to cast them deeper into the shadows.
Panorama Main Programme + Panorama Special Bu-dang-geo-rae (The Unjust) by Seung-wan Ryoo, Republic of Koreawith Jung-min Hwang, Seung-bum Ryoo, Hae-jin Yoo Chang-Pi-Hae (Ashamed) by Soo-hyun Kim, Republic of Koreawith Hyo-jin Kim, Kkobbi Kim Dance Town by Kyu-hwan Jeon, Republic of Koreawith Mir-an Ra, Seong-tae Oh The Devil's Double by Lee Tamahori, Belgiumwith Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier Dirty Girl by Abe Sylvia, USAwith Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich, William H. Macy, Dwight Yoakam, Mary Steenburgen, Jeremy Dozier
NEW YORK -- A psycho-killer movie featuring less gore and more moral and religious philosophizing pretty much sums up "Three", adapted from the best-selling novel by Ted Dekker. This family-friendly thriller -- with a villain bearing somewhat of a resemblance to Jigsaw in the "Saw" series with his penchant for putting his victims through mind games and riddles before committing his mayhem -- is being marketed by Fox Faith, 20th Century Fox's Christian-themed label, but it seems unlikely that it will attract many of the faithful.
The film's hero is Kevin Parson (Marc Blucas), a young seminary student who seems to have an unknown connection to Slater (Bill Moseley), otherwise known as RK, or the "riddle killer." Kevin's first encounter with him is literally explosive, as he answers a cell phone that has been placed in his car only to hear a distorted voice telling him that unless he can solve a riddle in three minutes he will be blown up. Failing to pass the test, he manages to escape just in time.
Thus begins the inevitable cat-and-mouse game, with Kevin forced to undergo a series of such tests and the price for failure being more death and destruction. Helping him wade through the mystery, which apparently involves his upbringing by an abusive aunt (Priscilla Barnes), are a criminal psychologist (Justine Waddell) with a tragic personal connection with the killer, as well as Kevin's former childhood sweetheart (Laura Jordan).
The fairly routine plot is made somewhat more interesting by the infusion of issues regarding morality and faith, but ultimately "Three", for all its philosophizing, is little more than a standard serial-killer movie with pretensions.
Without the star power and genre appeal of his previous film, The Cell, The Fall will be handicapped at the box office. What it does have going for it in commercial terms -- whimsy and an adorable little girl playing the lead -- are offset by Singh's occasional use of unsettlingly graphic gore.
Using sickbed storytelling as a frame for fantasy a la The Princess Bride, The Fall begins in a 1920s Los Angeles hospital, where young Alexandria, daughter of immigrant orange pickers, is recovering from a broken arm. She befriends Roy, a movie stuntman who has been maimed on set and lost his gal to boot. Roy begins spinning a long yarn for Alexandria, hoping to gain her trust so that she'll fetch him enough morphine to kill himself.
The story, as it unfolds in the girl's mind's eye, stars a quartet of heroes out to kill an evil emperor. Clothed by designer Eiko Ishioka (how is it that she has not made more movies?), each member of the team is a bit wilder than Roy's description. Charles Darwin, for instance, wears an enormous coat of red, black, and white fur.
For a few scenes, considerable charm comes from the way Alexandria misunderstands what she hears, colors it with her own experience, and updates it as she gets new information. While Roy is imagining a Native American when he describes one member of the group as an Indian, she envisions a mysterious warrior from India; a vast desert has lush gardens just over the hill when Roy makes a reference to grass.
This is charming, brain teasing, and even holds some promise as a catalyst for examining how we ourselves fill in the gaps of stories we hear. But Tarsem and his screenwriting collaborators aren't able to come up with enough interesting justifications for their sudden shifts, and soon the shape-shifting yarn just feels like lazy storytelling.
Whatever its narrative merits, the mutating tale is a magic tool for Tarsem, letting him hop around the world to use desert dunes, forgotten temples, and vast ruins as settings for his action. If he wants to see what a flaming carriage looks like in an ocean of sand, or to watch an elephant swim, he just writes a couple of lines of dialogue. Visually, the result is enthralling; technically, it must have been hell to make; critically, there's no way to discredit it.
But having a story whose characters and motivations shift so arbitrarily means that viewers have no stake in it emotionally. Those who are so inclined will let their minds wander, asking, "Haven't I seen that image somewhere?" and "Are the Quay Brothers going to sue over the way that hallucination sequence apes their work?"
Others will walk out mildly dissatisfied, but happy that someone was able to bring such astounding images to the big screen. Until Tarsem's advertising clients start to commission full-blown, huge-budget ads for the cinema, a half-baked fairy tale will have to do.
No U.S. Distributor
Absolute Entertainment, Treetop Films
Writer: Dan Gilroy, Nico Soultanakis, Tarsem, based on the film Yo Ho Ho by Zaco Heskija
Executive producers: Ajit Singh, Tommy Turtle
Director of photography: Colin Watkinson
Production designer: Ged Clarke
Costumes: Eiko Ishioka
Music: Krishna Levy
Editor: Robert Duffy.
Cast: Alexandria: Catinca Untaru
Roy Walker: Lee Pace
Evelyn: Justine Waddell
No MPAA rating
Running time -- 118 minutes
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