Dracula (1992)

Dracula (1992, USA) C-128m. *** D: Francis Ford Coppola. Starring Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Richard E. Grant, Cary Elwes, Bill Campbell, Sadie Frost, Tom Waits, Monica Bellucci. Exciting, enticing, quite possibly the ultimate Dracula adaptation: In substitution of the crazy Renfield, Jonathan Harker (Reeves) must travel to Transsylvania to complete real estate deal with a sinister count, who - as it becomes clear - has denounced God and lived in the shadows for centuries. In turn-of-the-century London the vampire finds the likeness of his lost love in Harker's fiancée Ryder, but also meets fierce opposition in professor Van Helsing (Hopkins). Beautiful, superbly directed horror drama with forceful performances, especially by the scenery-chewing Oldman. Deliberately paced, a bit episodic but a must. Fine photography by Michael Ballhaus. Oscar winner for Best Costumes, Best Make Up, Best Effects. Often also referred to as BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA.


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