Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bram Stoker's Dracula

(1992) **

I'm happy to say that I succeeded in at least one of my horrorthon goals this year. Goal 1: Don't see anything I've seen before. Goal one: Met with success! Goal 2: Vampire and Werewolf movies only: Possibly met with success. I'm unsure if Attack on the Block counts as werewolf.... I'd like it to count, but if it doesn't then I get a future year of thonning to do the Vampire and Werewolf only challenge. As for Bram Stoker's Dracula, I'm not sure if I would have liked or starred it differently had I seen it when it was new. I found the editing and cinematography stylings more annoying than enjoyable, and Keanu was definitely Keanu. Keanu made Winona Ryder look good in this movie--and really, this was not her best work. Keanu has bugged me in almost everything he's been in since Parenthood. On the other hand, Anthony Hopkins puts in real effort and Gary Oldman just killed it all the way through.


Oldman is a fantastic actor and pretty much saved me from turning off the flick. Overall, I'm glad I saw this since I never had, and I'd heard so many people talk about it, but I think I need to choose better flicks next year...maybe you guys have some recommendations for good intro / horror 101 flicks?

7 comments:

JPX said...

I watched this the day it came out in 1992. Actaully I should say that I attempted to watch it. I seem to recall falling asleep somewhere in the middle of it and olny waking up when the closing credits rolled. I kind of hated this movie.

spiderkev said...

I thought this was the best Dracula movie since the Hammer Draculas starring Christopher Lee, and certainly better than any Dracula movie since.

spiderkev said...

But not better than Let The Right One In.

JPX said...

Outside of the original Universal Dracula films from the 30s/40s I just don't enjoy vampire stuff.

Johnny Sweatpants said...

I generally don't care for vampires and the Twilight phenomenon makes me want to build a time machine and murder Bram Stoker in his sleep.

The Christopher Lee movies are fun because of his endless rivalry with Peter Cushing and I did love Let the Right One In but I tend to avoid everything else. I tried True Blood but aborted after 3 episodes because the southern accents irritated me so very much.

Octopunk said...

I liked the Lost Boys/Fright Night thing in the 80s although they don't pack the same punch they used to.

I saw this in the theater and thought the use of color was pretty cool, than I saw it right after I read the book and absolutely hated it. The characterization of Van Helsing is waaaaay off (but I don't think that was Anthony Hopkins's fault).

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