April 24th 2009 03:26
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) does feature many stunning scenes and sequences, and it has one of the most intense portrayals of Count Dracula ever. Max Shrek (as Graf Orlok in Nosferatu) would give him a run for his money though. The fusion of history and fiction is cleverly intertwined; In 1462 Vlad Dracul (Gary Oldman), a fearsome warrior of the Order of the Dragon, loses his precious love, Elizabeta (Winona Ryder), to suicide after she believes him to have perished in battle. In utter grief he violently renounces his faith and in turn is transformed into an immortal, destined to drink the blood of the living in order to replenish his tortured soul.
Winona Ryder as Mina
Keanu Reeves as Harker
Dracula’s reign of seduction and terror prompts the arrival of Professor Van Helsing (Anthony Hopkins) who is familiar with the ways of the undead and how to deal with the curse of vampirism. But can Helsing and Lucy’s suitors save Mina from the evil clutches of Dracula before his dark design is complete?
One of the many guises of Dracula
... and another more grotestque visage
If only Reeves and Ryder weren’t so damn insufferable, Bram Stoker’s Dracula could actually be a great movie. In the end it’s not one of the great vampire movies, but it’s a great piece of cinematic filmmaking; “There is much to be learnt from beasts …”, and yes it does have a handful of truly memorable lines, such as the immortal “I have crossed oceans of time to find you …”, and, of course, “The children of the night, what sweet music they make.”
Here's the very rare original teaser trailer: