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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.
Also Known As:
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Release Date: November 13, 1992
Runtime: 128 mins
All Genres: Horror, Romance
Languages: English, Romanian, Greek, Bulgarian, Latin
Sound: Dolby Digital
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Buried.com Rating: 8.3 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With D
MPAA Rating: R
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for sexuality and horror violence.
Francis Ford Coppola
Gary Oldman ...Count Dracula / Vlad III Draculea
Winona Ryder ...Mina Murray / Elisabeta
Anthony Hopkins ...Professor Abraham Van Helsing
Keanu Reeves ...Jonathan Harker
Richard E. Grant ...Dr. Jack Seward
Cary Elwes ...Lord Arthur Holmwood
Bill Campbell ...Quincey P. Morris
Sadie Frost ...Lucy Westenra
Tom Waits ...R.M. Renfield
Monica Bellucci ...Dracula's Bride
Michaela Bercu ...Dracula's Bride
Florina Kendrick ...Dracula's Bride
Jay Robinson ...Mr. Hawkins
I.M. Hobson ...Hobbs
Laurie Franks ...Lucy's Maid
Maud Winchester ...Downstairs Maid
Octavian Cadia ...Deacon
Robert Getz ...Priest
Dagmar Stanec ...Sister Agatha
Eniko Oss ...Sister Sylva (as Eniko Oss)
Nancy Linehan Charles ...Older Woman
Tatiana von Furstenberg ...younger Woman
Jules Sylvester ...Zookeeper
Hubert Wells ...Zookeeper
Daniel Newman ...News Hawker
Honey Lauren ...Peep Show Girl
Judi Diamond ...Peep Show Girl
Robert Buckingham ...Husband
Cully Fredricksen ...Van Helsing's Assistant
Ele Bardha ...Grave Digger
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Francis Ford Coppola
Susan Landau Finch
James V. Hart
James V. Hart
Dracula Horror Film Trailer 1
"LOVE SONG FOR A VAMPIRE (From 'BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA')"
More Movie Taglines:
- The blood is life.
- Love Never Dies.
- Renfield: I'm no lunatic man. I'm a sane man fighting for his soul.
Van Helsing: We've all become God's madmen, all of us.
Van Helsing: She lives beyond the grace of God, a wanderer in the outer darkness. She is "vampyr", "nosferatu". These creatures do not die like the bee after the first sting, but instead grow strong and become immortal once infected by another nosferatu. So, my friends we fight not one beast but legions that go on age after age after age, feeding on the blood of the living.
Dracula: The blood is the life... and it shall be mine.
[Renfield holds a plate of bugs] Renfield: Would you care for a hors d'oeuvre, Dr. Seward or a canape? Doctor Jack Seward: No, thank you, Mr. Renfield. How are you feeling tonight? Renfield: Far better than you, my lovesick doctor. Doctor Jack Seward: Is my personal life of interest to you? Renfield: Of course it is. All life interests me. Doctor Jack Seward: Your diet, Mr. Renfield, is disgusting. Renfield: Actually, they're perfectly nutritious. You see, each life that I ingest gives back life to me. Doctor Jack Seward: The fly gives you life? Renfield: Certainly. But you might as well ask a man to eat molecules with a pair of chopsticks than to interest me in lesser carnivore. Doctor Jack Seward: I shall have to invent a new classification of a lunatic for you. What about spiders? Spiders eat the flies. Renfield: Yes, spiders eat them. Doctor Jack Seward: What about sparrows? Renfield: Oh, yes. Did you say sparrows? Doctor Jack Seward: Something larger perhaps? Renfield: Oh, yes. A kitten. I beg you. A little, sleek - a playful kitten. Something I can teach. Something I can feed. No one would refuse me a kitten. Doctor Jack Seward: Wouldn't you prefer a cat? Renfield: Oh, yes, a big cat! My salvation depends upon it! Doctor Jack Seward: Your salvation? Renfield: Yes! I need lives. I need lives for the master! Doctor Jack Seward: What? What master? Renfield: The master will come, and he has promised to make me immortal! Doctor Jack Seward: How? [Renfield suddenly attacks Seward and the guards rushed in to subdue him] Renfield: The blood is the life! The blood is the life!
- Winona Ryder saw the script when it was originally going to be made as a TV movie, directed by Michael Apted. She took the script to Francis Ford Coppola, whom she had not spoken to since withdrawing from The Godfather: Part III (1990) due to exhaustion six months earlier. Coppola agreed to make the film, and Apted stayed on as executive producer.
Director Francis Ford Coppola was insistent that he didn't want to use any kind of elaborate special effects or computer trickery when making the movie. He initially hired a standard visual effects team, but they told him that the things he wanted to achieve were impossible without using modern digital technology. Coppola disagreed and fired them, replacing them with his 29 year old son Roman Coppola, who set about achieving some of the effects by using old-school cinematic trickery. A thorough exploration of these effects can be found on the 2007 Special Edition DVD in the In Camera: The Naïve Visual Effects of 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' (2007) (V) featurette and in the 'Heart of Darkness' article from Cinefax magazine (also found on the DVD), but some of the most interesting examples include: - When sitting in the train on his way to Transylvania, Jonathan Harker is looking at a map which appears superimposed on his face. This was a live effect achieved simply by projecting the image of the map onto actor Keanu Reeves' face on set. - In the same scene, outside the window, Dracula's eyes mysteriously appear in the sky, watching Harker as he travels. This was achieved by combining three separate shots. First, the shot of Gary Oldman's eyes was done with him wearing special makeup so that only his eyes would be visible when the image was projected onto the sky backdrop. The next shot involved the projection of the eyes onto the backdrop of the Carpathian Mountain set, making it appear as if two eyes are appearing in the sky. Then, a shot was taken of Keanu Reeves sitting in the train with the combined background/eye shot rear-projected through the window. - Another shot in this sequence involves a close up of Harker's journal with the train appearing to travel along the top of the book, blowing smoke across the pages. This was a forced perspective shot using a huge book and a tiny miniature train model. - After arriving in Translyvania, Harker is met by Dracula's carriage and the driver seems to magically reach out and lift Harker into the carriage. This shot was achieved by having the rider sitting on a camera crane which reached out and brought him towards Keanu Reeves. At the same time, the camera was moved to the right, so it appeared as if the rider's hand wasn't actually stretching, but was simply defying physics. For the lift, Reeves himself was also standing on a fake floor, which was in fact a movable rostrum which raised him up into the carriage. - As the carriage approaches the castle, there is a shot of the castle in the background as the carriage speeds along a narrow driveway. This was achieved by painting the image of the castle onto a piece of glass, and then positioning the glass in front of the camera whilst the scene of the carriage was shot on the sound stage. - The scene when Harker is shaving and Dracula approaches him from behind without a reflection in the mirror was shot by a classic technique as old as cinema itself. The actor with his back to the camera is actually Keanu Reeves double, not Reeves himself, and the 'mirror' is simply a hole in the wall, with the real Keanu Reeves standing on the other side in a portion of the set - hence when the hand touches the shoulder of the double there is no reflection to be seen because there is literally no mirror. - When Harker is exploring the castle, there is a shot of some rats walking on the ceiling upside-down whilst Keanu Reeves descends a staircase right-way-up. This was achieved by using a double exposure. First, the shot of the rats was done with the camera upside-down. Then the film was rewound and a matte box was placed in front of the lens so as to ensure only the correct portion of the image would be exposed. The camera was then turned right way up and the scene of Harker going down the stairs was shot. Due to the matte box, it appears as if the beam with the rats is above Reeves, and because it was shot upside-down, the rats appear to be defying gravity. - The first scenes in London after Dracula's arrival were shot with a real Pathé camera that was being hand cranked. It was also shot on a special Kodak stock to enhance the grain. There were no post-production effects added for this scene. - The scene when Dracula seems to magically catch Mina's bottle was shot by simply having two men and two bottles. On set Winona Ryder drops the bottle and Gary Oldman scoops down and catches it. The camera then pans up to reveal he is already holding it out to Mina seemingly without having raised his hand. In reality, the hand holding the bottle out is a double standing just behind Oldman, wearing identical gloves, and holding a completely different bottle. - For the scenes involving Dracula's POV, Francis Ford Coppola wanted to achieve something unusual, and it was ultimately decided to try to create something of staccato effect. These shots were created using an old piece of equipment rarely used today called an intervalometer. When shooting at 24fps, an intervalometer trims the end of certain frames, and prevents the exposure of certain frames here and there, creating the 'jumpy' effect seen in the scene. Again, this was all accomplished in-camera, no post-production effects were added to the scenes.
During preproduction of the movie, director Francis Ford Coppola came up with the idea that when in the presence of a being such as a vampire, the laws of physics don't work correctly. This is why shadows often seem to act independently of the figure casting them, why rats can run along a ceiling upside-down and why liquid drips up instead of down.
Costume designer Eiko Ishioka (who won an Oscar for the movie) had never seen a Dracula movie prior to being hired for this film. She was initially hired as the art director, but when Francis Ford Coppola saw some of her costume sketches, he immediately asked her to work as the costume designer.
It was Winona Ryder who brought the idea of redoing Bram Stoker's novel to Francis Ford Coppola's attention. She had been given a pile of scripts by her agent, one of which was titled "Dracula: The Untold Story". This was the first time Ryder had ever read anything to do with Dracula, let alone see a film about him. Coppola was interested as he saw it as a bridge-building exercise between him and Ryder after she had inexplicably dropped out of The Godfather: Part III (1990).
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