Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.
This version of Dracula is closely based on Bram Stoker's classic novel of the same name. A young lawyer (Jonathan Harker) is assigned to a gloomy village in the mists of eastern Europe. He is captured and imprisoned by the undead vampire Dracula, who travels to London, inspired by a photograph of Harker's betrothed, Mina Murray. In Britain, Dracula begins a reign of seduction and terror, draining the life from Mina's closest friend, Lucy Westenra. Lucy's friends gather together to try to drive Dracula away. Written by
This film was released to coincide with the 95th anniversary of the release of the novel, and with the 80th anniversary of the death of Bram Stoker. See more »
In the scene where we are introduced to the men courting Lucy, we see Dr. Seward sitting in the sofa, while Quincy Morris is standing besides him. Quincy is clearly holding his hat in his hands. Moments later, when Holmowood enters the room, Dr. Seward rises and reveals that he has been sitting on Quincy's hat. See more »
The background of this story is the myth / legend of Count Vlad Dracula (son
of count Dracul) nicknamed' Vlad Tepes (Vlad the impaler). Vlad was, as the
film tells us a warlord in the 15th century who fought the Turks. According
to the myth he drank the blood of his victims and impaled them. This is a
real myth, as it was and maybe even is still believed in Rumania. A lot of
information about Vlad Dracula was later gathered by Irish writer Bram
Stoker, who, combined it with myths of vampires into this tale of the well
known blood -sucking Vampire. Another thing that is real in this film are
the pictures in the book Vampyr, which is read by van Helsing (Anthony
Hopkins) in this movie. The pictures you find there are also to be found in
history and school books, complete with ancient writings beside
I will not reveal to you the nature of the plot, but I must say this bloody
horror film is one of the most sad and romantic stories ever told. It is
about a man who loses his wife and cannot rejoin her in another life. So he
turns against anything people in the 15th century believed in and is
punished by god to wander the earth as the undead. He is cursed to be feared
and hunted, for he needs to drink the blood of man to keep alive. He is
nosferatu (vamyr), he is Count Dracula.
He lives miserably for about 400 years until he falls in love again. And by
doing so we are dragged into the fortune and misery of a creature who lives
eternally. He is alive, but lifeless on the inside. He is rich, gentle and
loving, yet he must feast on humans to survive. He is damned forever, whilst
he did not do anything wrong.
The settings of this great story is late 19th century Europe (England and
Karpathia). Karpathia is not well known to man, the wild side of Europe. All
this bears with it the mysticism of this story and the epic and tragic
background. As for Dracula (Gary Oldman) himself, he drags us into a world
of blood, lust and erotica. He seems only to be driven by his great love for
Mina (Winona Ryder) and the need of being together with her. TRUE
There are some great (and famous) actors in this film: Anthony Hopkins,
Winona Ryder, Gary Oldman, Cary Elwes and Keanu Reeves. They all contribute
greatly to this film, although I must say that the best acting comes from
Gary Oldman (Dracula), Sadie Frost (Lucy), Sir Anthony Hopkins (van Helsing)
and music legend Tom Waits (Renfield). Do not get me wrong the rest is good
to and do their job's well, but these four really put the dot on the
Besides the actors there are a lot of things that stand out (look at the
list of prizes and nominations at the Oscars), but I must say two people are
left unaccounted for there. The director Francis Ford Copolla and the genius
behind the haunting and touching music Wojciech Kilar. They both bring so
much to the greatness of this film, I would have felt like an idiot if I had
left them out.
This does not only make an excellent horror / epic / romantic film, but
surely is (in my opinion) a great date flick, about love everlasting and the
tragedy of a man who is cursed to live forever and roam the world alone, for
he is feared and hunted.
9 out of 10
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