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Friday, October 30, 2015

Dracula (1992)

A solicitor (Keanu Reeves) travels to 1897 Transylvania to arrange the purchase of some London properties on behalf of Count Dracula (Gary Oldman). After seeing a picture of the solicitor's fiancee (Winona Ryder), the Count is sure that she is the reincarnation of his beloved wife, who committed suicide. Has any novel been adapted (more or less) more often than Bram Stoker's classic horror novel? But director Francis Ford Coppola isn't interested in making just another horror movie. Indeed, his DRACULA is a passionate romance in the grand Gothic style. This a vampire movie channeled through the Bronte sisters where love is so strong that not only can it not die but one willingly embraces the dark side to be with your soul mate. No vampire film has ever looked this good. Michael Ballhaus's (GOODFELLAS) superb imagery, Thomas E. Sanders' stunning production design, Eiko Ishioka's gorgeous costumes and Wojciech Kilar's achingly beautiful underscore all elevate Coppola's sensuous horror film to a unique one of a kind achievement in the genre. An impressive accomplishment and my favorite DRACULA movie. With Anthony Hopkins, Cary Elwes, Richard E. Grant, Sadie Frost, Bill Campbell, Tom Waits and Monica Belluci. 

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