Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

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The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land.


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22 April 2006 | ccthemovieman-1
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| A Treat For The Eyes And Ears
As is the case with many of these latter-day horror movies, this is visually stunning. This one is particularly so, with beautiful colors, wild special effects, lavish sets and a handful of pretty women, led by Winona Ryder.

It isn't all beauty; there are some horrific, bloody moments in here. I've seen the film three times and the first two times was terrifying to me in parts. The last viewing wasn't as scary, but maybe I was distracted by seeing this on DVD for the first time, which enhanced the visuals and added some nice 5.1surround sound.

At two hours and 10 minutes, it's a bit long but there are very few lulls, if any. Gary Oldham gives his normal intense performance as Dracula and it never hurts to have Anthony Hopkins in the film.

The only negative I found was Keannu Reeves, who sounds a bit wooden in his lines. Is it my imagination, or is he a terrible actor? Maybe it's just his voice. Nonetheless, Cary Elwes, Richard Grant, Sadie Frost and Bill Campbell all give good support to this film which is a real feast for the senses.

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Trivia

The battle scene in the prologue was originally intended to be performed with shadow puppets instead of actors. The idea was used later in this movie when we see, in the cinema house, a shadow puppet battle similar to the prologue battle.


Quotes

Van Helsing: Jack. Come here. I know how deeply you loved her. That is why you must trust me and believe.
Doctor Jack Seward: Believe? How can I believe?
Van Helsing: I want you to bring me, before nightfall, a set of postmortem knives.
Doctor Jack Seward: An autopsy? On Lucy?
Van Helsing: No, no, no. Not exactly. I just want ...


Goofs

After Harker's escape from the castle, the nuns send a letter to Mina. She holds the letters in her hands as she approaches the stairs to Lucy's balcony. When she's climbing the stairs she no longer has them in her hands.


Alternate Versions

In 1997, a heavily censored version of the film was broadcast on FOX, garnering much criticism from fans and critics alike, not to mention Francis Ford Coppola himself. Some of the more obvious cuts involve:

  • the character of Renfield is removed entirely
  • the Brides are wearing rags instead of being topless
  • the scene when Dracula gives the brides the baby is gone
  • there are no close ups from Arabian Nights
  • Lucy's comments about sexuality during her introductory scene are removed
  • the kiss between Mina and Lucy in the maze is gone
  • all shots of the Demeter are gone
  • all shots of Dracula howling as the wolf creature are gone
  • the shot of Dracula 'raping' Lucy is gone, and in the close up, Lucy's breast is no longer exposed
  • indeed, Lucy's breasts are seen several times in the uncut film, but in all such cases here, the shot has been altered to remove them and make it look like her clothes aren't actually ripped
  • the destruction of Lucy's body by Van Helsing is gone
  • Van Helsing's exorcism of Carfax Abbey is shortened
  • Mina drinking from Dracula's heart is considerably shortened
  • when Mina slams the sword through Dracula's chest at the end, the shot of it coming out his back and sticking into the floor is gone.


Soundtracks

Love Song for a Vampire
(from 'Bram Stoker's Dracula')
Produced by
Stephen Lipson
Written and Performed by Annie Lennox
Courtesy of BMG Ariola Muenchen GmbH

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