As his kingdom is being threatened by the Turks, young prince Vlad Tepes must become a monster feared by his own people in order to obtain the power needed to protect his own family, and the families of his kingdom.
This version of Dracula is closely based on Bram Stoker's classic novel. Young barrister 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
The painting of Count Dracula, which Jonathan Harker mentions after his arrival at the castle, is a self portrait of Albrecht Dürer (a German painter, 1471-1528), but with Gary Oldman's face (the face of the young Count). The painting also served as inspiration for another vampire author's writings, Anne Rice, though she used it for her vision of a non-vampire character, that of Lasher, the spirit that haunts a family of witches in her series The Lives of the Mayfair Witches. See more »
In the scene where Jonathan makes love with the three Brides of Dracula, one of the women's eyes is shown in a closeup revealing the outlines of contact lenses being worn. See more »
Transylvania is not England. Our ways are not your ways. And to you there shall be many strange things.
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British video version contains a scene where Jonathan Harker's nipple is licked by one of the female vampires, who then bites it and causes it to bleed. See more »
Written and Performed by Diamanda Galás (as Diamanda Galàs)
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Oldman is the Best Dracula Ever!
This is the best rendition of Dracula ever captured on film. Gary Oldman's dark and sensual personae outshines any other vampire who ever dare put on a cape. To me Gary Oldman is the most talented and underrated actor ever. He becomes who he is playing, however in this role... Dracula became him... Oldman set the bar so high it is untouchable even to Bela Lugosi. Winona Ryder's delicateness suited the role of Mina/Elisabeta nicely and Keanu Reeves played the unsuspecting and naive Jonathan with satisfaction. However the whole movie comes together because of Gary Oldman's intoxicating essence. He draws the viewers into his darkness and passion and guides them through until the end. This film is drastically romantic and hauntingly captivating- just like a real Dracula movie should be. The cinematography deserved Oldman's phenomenal performance and perfectly created a true vampire realm. Francis Ford Coppola is brilliant. This is the spirit of the vampire.
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