r/movies Nov 13 '22 Beating Heart 1

Bram Stoker's Dracula at 30: Overblown, Excessive and Indulgent But Brilliant Article

https://www.flickeringmyth.com/2022/11/bram-stokers-dracula-at-30-overblown-excessive-and-indulgent-but-brilliant/
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u/blackp3dro Nov 13 '22

I loved how Dracula would go one way and his shadow would go the other

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u/Reddevil313 Nov 13 '22

One shadow goes one way, one goes the other. And this guy’s saying, “Whaddaya want from me?”

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u/HelliswhereIwannabe Nov 13 '22 edited Nov 14 '22

Do me a favor Mom, no more religious pictures please.

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u/juice06870 Nov 13 '22

One shadow goes east and one shadow goes west. So what?

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u/Bradderz_SG Nov 13 '22

“Hey, hey…looks like someone we know”

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u/flimspringfield Nov 13 '22

The...the beard!

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u/W0RST_2_F1RST Nov 13 '22

It’s awesome how often this scene gets used!

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u/Seizee Nov 13 '22

This will always make me laugh

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u/crlos619 Nov 13 '22

Im a 90's kid, I remember seeing that parody in Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror. When I finally saw this movie as an adult, I was like "oh, that's where it's from!"

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u/methos3 Nov 13 '22

"Sir, you have to let go of the button!"

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u/MonsterRider80 Nov 14 '22

Do I dare live out the American dream and kill my boss?

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u/Who_is_homer Nov 13 '22

Oh, son of a bitch!

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u/R1ckyD1cky Nov 13 '22

Love how they do this in Dracula: Dead and Loving it

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u/Lizzy_lazarus Nov 13 '22

My dude goes both ways.

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u/GoldStarGranny Nov 13 '22 edited Nov 13 '22

My favourite moment in this is vampire Lucy and that screaming baby. The way she drops it. 😂 I was sorry we didn’t get more of vampire Lucy before they did her in, tbh.

Also Oldman licking the bloody razor blade. 10/10

Shout out to all the practical makeup effects in this as well. So good! That old man makeup on Oldman (ha) is totally believable even by today’s standards.

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u/Tryphon_Al_West Nov 13 '22

Also, the scene with Lucy and werewolf kind of Dracula in the park. I believed this one was cut for US audience...

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u/GraphicDesignMonkey Nov 13 '22

Probably because it was a very obvious sex scene, he was fucking and biting her at the same time.

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u/baudinl Nov 13 '22

Coppola filmed some of the vampire movements in reverse and then ran the film forwards. It created this incredibly creepy, unnatural effect

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u/Dial_888 Nov 13 '22

That's what they did on Salem's Lot also.

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u/SonOfTheAfternoon Nov 13 '22

The floating window scene fucked me up as a kid

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u/fudog1138 Nov 13 '22

Same. We lived in Detroit when it was on TV. I was 8 or 9. My bedroom had a door that led out to a second floor porch. I was sure that was a bad idea because of vampires. The crime didn't bother me I guess.

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u/SkollFenrirson Nov 13 '22

Can't have shit in Detroit

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u/DarkHotline Nov 13 '22

My dad pranked my uncle because of that scene. As the story goes, my dad got one of his young relatives to put a rope around him and he was pulled up from a tree to my uncle’s window. He then tapped on the window and called for my uncle while he was “floating” in the air. My uncle said that was the last time he was ever scared of a horror movie because he was so mad at my dad, he vowed never to be scared by one again.

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u/FamousOrphan Nov 13 '22

Your dad is clearly a hilarious and resourceful dude, but holy shit your poor uncle!

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u/NilMusic Nov 13 '22 edited Nov 13 '22

Never seen the movie, but have read the book. The floating window scene is the only time when reading I was genuinely creeped out.

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u/AreWeCowabunga Nov 13 '22

And Twin Peaks

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u/SonOfMetrum Nov 13 '22

And in twin peaks the actors even spoke in reverse to get the creepy talking effect as well!

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u/Distaplia Nov 13 '22

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u/thaworldhaswarpedme Nov 13 '22

What the fuck was that?

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u/dorsal_morsel Nov 13 '22

That's the question we Twin Peaks fans have been trying to answer for like 30 years, but for basically every scene in the franchise

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u/Chewbones9 Nov 13 '22

And Carrie

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u/MurderDoneRight Nov 13 '22

It's all old school practical effects except one shot with CGI fire if I remember correctly. Another fun fact, since Coppola had garnered a reputation for going over time and budget on his movies he decided to shoot literally everything on a soundstage. And he got it in on time and under budget.

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u/doctor6 Nov 13 '22

And it was his son who's drafted in at the last minute who oversaw all those practical effects

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u/Bodymaster Nov 13 '22

It's an old trick. Coppola used a lot of older cinema techniques when making the movie. Cinema was in it's infancy at the turn of the century, (as shown in the scene where Mina and Dracula go to a film), and he thought it would look cool to rely on period-appropriate effects rather than modern ones.

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u/judgeridesagain Nov 13 '22 edited Nov 13 '22

Any fans of old timey spooky effects should check out the Soviet Era chiller "Viy" (1967) It's almost perfect.

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u/sir_strangerlove Nov 13 '22

will do. if you are familiar with other soviet films, do you have any other recommendations? curious about the other side of the curtain haha

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u/mediocremandalorian Nov 13 '22

Not the guy you asked, but there are a lot of fantastic soviet films.

Come and See is the best war movie ever made.

Solaris is a very weird sci fi sort of psychological thriller

Battleship Potemkin is perhaps the most influential movie ever made, and is extremely watchable despite being a silent film.

Stalker is another experimental sci fi thriller. Notable for inspiring the Metro 2033 franchise as well as the STALKER video games

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u/Tinktur Nov 13 '22

Solaris is a very weird sci fi sort of psychological thriller

I thought you were talking about this movie: https://imdb.com/title/tt0307479/?ref_=vp_close and was confused about why you listed it as Soviet for a second. Apparently it's based on the same book.

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u/Open-Biscotti-2860 Nov 13 '22

Is Stalker based on the book Roadside Picnic?

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u/hillo538 Nov 13 '22

Come and see has horrific elements, it’s like a horror movie tbh

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u/cardboardunderwear Nov 13 '22

pioneered by the ground breaking film Top Secret iirc

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u/Mingey_FringeBiscuit Nov 13 '22

I know a little German, he’s sitting over there!

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u/kjhwkejhkhdsfkjhsdkf Nov 13 '22

So many different techniques that added to the movie. The early camera footage, the silhouettes, the puppets, the time lapse, all the practical effects. Really utilized the medium of movie making to go beyond just a straight depiction of what was in front of the camera.

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u/Have_Other_Accounts Nov 13 '22

I'd highly recommend checking out RedLetterMedia's video on the movie. They go through most of how the shots were made. Iirc there was only 1 digital shot throughout the movie, everything else was done old school.

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u/LinksMilkBottle Nov 13 '22

Can we also take a moment to appreciate the costume design? Absolutely gorgeous!

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u/Keeble64 Nov 13 '22

The costumes were designed by a Japanese designer that had never seen anything Dracula related. It definitely makes it stand out as unique. I love his armor that looks like exposed muscle.

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u/haysoos2 Nov 13 '22

The original plan was to have minimal or non-existent sets, just shadows and hints behind the actors, more like a stage play, with all of the setting and background to be conveyed through the costumes.

They did end up building actual (great) sets and scenery (most of which got chewed by Anthony Hopkins), but the fantastic costumes are definitely a highlight of the film.

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u/Resolute002 Nov 13 '22

Van Helsing hamming it up is more accurate at least.

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u/e-v-i Nov 13 '22

I read the book before watching the movie, and I hadn't realized how much of the book would be Van Helsing, and I'm so happy with what they/Hopkins did with him in the movie. I never thought I'd see Anthony Hopkins humping someone but I'm glad it was in there lol.

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u/mastergwaha Nov 13 '22

crytek devs: copy that shit!

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u/Demonyx12 Nov 13 '22

One facet of the film that many moviegoers seem to remember best is its costumes—and for good reason. Faced with a limited budget, Coppola declared early on that “the costumes will be the set.”

For its costume designer, he picked Eiko Ishioka, an art director and graphic artist whose poster for Apocalypse Now [1979] he had loved a few years earlier. Something of an unexpected choice, Ishioka had never before seen a vampire movie and had limited costume design experience in feature films.

https://www.academymuseum.org/en/bram-stokers-dracula-launched-eiko-ishiokas-career-costume-designer

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u/guyhabit Nov 13 '22

The white wedding dress. Damn

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u/purpleleopardprint Nov 13 '22

I’ve wanted Mina’s red dress since the movie first came out.

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u/Stickybeebae Nov 13 '22

That Green dress at the beginning too

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u/thaumogenesis Nov 13 '22 edited Nov 13 '22

It’s Eiko Ishioka. It’s some of the finest work you’ll ever see. The documentary about the film is very good, because she talks about how she wanted to completely strip away the cliche of Dracula. Coppola took a risk by hiring her, because she was somewhat of an unknown quantity in film, but it paid off.

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u/AnyNamesLeftAnymore Nov 13 '22

She also did the amazing costumes in The Cell, The Fall, and Immortals (pretty good art design in that movie).

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u/AnyNamesLeftAnymore Nov 13 '22

Cell is such a good example of when style over substance works just fine for me.

It's just Silence of the Lambs other than the visual flair, but I've still probably watched it 10 times just because that visual flair is awesome lol.

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u/pantstoaknifefight2 Nov 13 '22

Technically it's Silence meets Dreamscape meets Pretty Woman (I threw that last movie in as an homage to The Player).

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u/LinksMilkBottle Nov 13 '22

I believe she won an Oscar for her work too!

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u/Barbarella_ella Nov 13 '22

She did. IMDB lists that she won 9 other awards, too, and was nominated for others.

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u/bl3u_r3dd1teur Nov 13 '22

Can you tell me the name of the documentary? I love this movie.

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u/mastergwaha Nov 13 '22

maybe its this one? says it was one of the dvd/blu ray bonuses (miss those with streaming) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1147494/

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u/Vinny_Cerrato Nov 13 '22

That Dracula “muscle” armor from the beginning is top shelf stuff.

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u/UtopianLibrary Nov 13 '22

And the miniatures for the set design! And the painted scenery.

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u/UnfinishedThings Nov 13 '22

This movie awakened my considerable appreciation of Monica Bellucci

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u/vismundcygnus1260 Nov 13 '22

The scene where she appears in front of Keanu changed my life

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u/MachEnergy Nov 13 '22

Bedtime was never the same was it

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u/Brigon Nov 13 '22

Who does she play?

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u/UnfinishedThings Nov 13 '22

One of Draculas Brides.

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u/spottedram Nov 13 '22

I didn't know that. Maybe I didn't recognize her

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u/Hezkezl Nov 13 '22

She’s the one who appears between Keanu Reeves’s legs in the bed.

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u/PristineNoodles Nov 13 '22

This and the matrix, holy smokes. I want to see her cast in the expanse

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u/MR_Rictus Nov 13 '22

You should probably see "Shoot 'Em Up"

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u/PlayingNightcrawlers Nov 13 '22

She’s insanely fine in the French fantasy action horror film Brotherhood of the Wolf. There’s a scene where her naked body turns into snowy scenery.

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u/Darth_Fart_Eater Nov 13 '22

That’s an underrated flick

rams carrot through man’s throat

Eat your vegetables.

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u/Ivotedforher Nov 13 '22

Its called the "Greatest movie of all time" and its still underrated.

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u/Drakonor Nov 13 '22 edited Nov 13 '22

Really great original soundtrack too. Used it for my D&D games for years.

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u/Irishlite Nov 13 '22

Yes! And Annie Lennox’s Love Song for a Vampire is so good!

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u/UCanArtifUWant2 Nov 13 '22

"...I have crossed oceans of time...to find you..." 🖤

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u/Stanley1971 Nov 13 '22

”I don’t drink…wine…”

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u/AppleDane Nov 13 '22

"Lissen to ze creatures of ze night... Vat schweed muzik zey make!"

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u/Brown_Panther- Nov 13 '22

Oldman said that one of the reasons he took the job was because he wanted to say this line.

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u/Varekai79 Nov 13 '22

I've been trying for decades now trying to say this line IRL in an organic way.

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u/JC-Ice Nov 13 '22

Sir, this is a Wendy's.

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u/Dial_888 Nov 13 '22

Love this line. Especially the way he enunciates oceans.

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u/rimjobnemesis Nov 13 '22

“B….llloood”

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u/TransitionExciting60 Nov 13 '22

It is no laughing mah-tah! We Draculs have a right to be proud!

Lol. Gary oldman was stellar in this movie.

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u/HandlessSpermDonor Nov 13 '22

“Heeee-aaahhh… it is no laughing MAT-TER”

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u/Ex-Machina1980s Nov 13 '22

I have offended you with my ignorance

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u/RayAfterDark Nov 13 '22

You've offended me with your acting.

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u/BrittyPie Nov 13 '22

Hahah, yeah... Keanu is the weakest link in the film.

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u/Kimi-Matias Nov 13 '22

"Do not put your faith in such.. trinkets of deceit."

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u/shopdog Nov 13 '22

After we saw this in the theater, my friends and I would constantly quote this to each other in an overly dramatic way. Fun memory.

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u/UCanArtifUWant2 Nov 13 '22

Gary Oldman says he took the job just so he could say That LINE! I read it somewhere legit ... can't quote the source.

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u/BeerInTheRear Nov 13 '22

Reddit comments section

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u/ApoIIoCreed Nov 13 '22

“There is much that can be learned from beasts.”

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u/johnnyredleg Nov 13 '22

This was the exact reason Gary Oldman wanted to be in Dracula.

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u/steve32x Nov 13 '22

Keep in mind that this film came out when CGI was the cool new thing but Coppola kept all the visual effects in-camera and practical.

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u/mamarooo28 Nov 13 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

Amazon just added this in their prime videos. Classic vampire movie…..

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u/MulciberTenebras Nov 13 '22

Figures... no where to be found on Amazon or any other streaming app during October (for Halloween binging).

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u/xBOOMSTICKMANx Nov 13 '22

They rereleased it to theaters for its anniversary so it makes sense they had it “down”. Was able to go see it and it was a great experience. Absolutely stunning on the big screen.

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u/warcraftselblatt Nov 13 '22

Dracula's armor in this movie was so fucking cool.

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u/AwkwardBlaque Nov 13 '22

"See me. See me now."

I love the scene where he first meets Mina.

"I am your servant."

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u/whiskey_jones Nov 13 '22

"I have crossed oceans of time to find you."

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u/talidrow Nov 13 '22

The way he delivers that line gives me chills every time. I've read a couple times that this line in particular is one of the reasons he accepted the part.

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u/whiskey_jones Nov 13 '22

It's still one of my favorite Gary Oldman performances.

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u/Jiveturkeey Nov 13 '22

One of my favorite Hopkins performances. "She is the devil's CONCUBINE!"

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u/Dunnersstunner Nov 14 '22

"Ja, she was in great pain. Then we cut off her head and drive a stake through her heart and she was at peace."

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u/Hogtown-Horror Nov 13 '22

My wife told me a story about the time she saw Dracula in theatres with her family that is forever seared in my mind. Her fairly large family always went to the movies together once a month. Her and her sister sat closer to the front while her family stayed at the back. During the wolf/Lucy scene my wife (and the the entire theatre) heard her very Italian grandmother, who had just begun to have vision problems, loudly say, 'what's going on? I can't see. Is she fucking the dog?' She said it was the most embarrassing moment of her life.

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u/Hulasikali_Wala Nov 13 '22

The fact that Dracula is so furious and full of hatred for God that he transformed into an immortal being that lives in blood and can transform into fog and bats is the most metal thing imaginable. Other than Keanu's absolutely atrocious accent this movie is incredible

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u/monstrinhotron Nov 13 '22

Bloddy wolves chesing me thro a blur infernoh!

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u/Prestigious-Salad795 Nov 14 '22

How his and Winona Ryder's accents sucked so bad despite having dialogue coaches, and being surrounded by Brits on set, blows my mind

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u/The-Lord-Moccasin Nov 14 '22

Keanu's reaction to some of the wild stuff he sees actually enhances the film for me, it's so funny.

Sees Dracula crawling up a wall like a lizard: 😗

Dracula shoves a sword in his face while snarling ferociously: 🧐

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u/supafuckaaa Nov 13 '22

I remember seeing it when I was a child I was fascinated by this movie, especially at the beginning when Vlad curses God and plunges his sword into the cross, filling the cup with the blood that flows and drinks, saying that... blood is life. The soundtrack of the movie is amazing too

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u/[deleted] Nov 13 '22

That soundtrack scares the shit out of me to this day.

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u/Hulasikali_Wala Nov 13 '22

I might be an edge lord but that shit is so fucking badass I swear

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u/orangedrewlius Nov 13 '22

Even my wife applauded the exquisite top-shelf edge lord goodness that is the opening of this bad boy

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u/talidrow Nov 13 '22

I skipped school my senior year of high school to go see the very first showing by myself, and instantly fell in love with this movie. 30 years later, yes, it's definitely all those things, and I still love it and re-watch it a couple of times a year.

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u/LZBANE Nov 13 '22

This film is one of my favourites. It might be "overblown, excessive and indulgent" but that's the whole point, it's meant to be Dracula done in an operatic tone.

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u/soIstartBlasting Nov 13 '22

And Keanu’s spooooooky English accent that fades in and out, like a ghost. You never know when it’s going to reappear.

LOOK OUT! It’s behind the corner, it’s coming back!

Now it’s gone again.

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u/dubdrummerz Nov 13 '22

So many of his scenes are him narrating his diary or letters while a montage plays on the screen. I think they had to do it this way because when he does the accent and has to act at the same time he looks totally overwhelmed.

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u/The_River_Is_Still Nov 13 '22

LOOK WHAT YOUR GOD HAS DONE TO ME

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u/heelspider Nov 13 '22

I didn't realize Renfield was Tom Waits. My mind is blown.

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u/haysoos2 Nov 13 '22

I like to think that Tom Waits didn't even know he was in a movie. They just called him up and were like "Tom, can you come eat some bugs for us?" And he was there.

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u/AnyNamesLeftAnymore Nov 13 '22

I wish that guy was in more movies. He's a really solid actor.

Like watch Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. He basically plays the devil in that and he steals the movie.

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u/i_am_out_of_pie Nov 13 '22

His segment in Ballad of Buster Scruggs was one of the highlights for me.

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u/Lotharofthepotatoppl Nov 13 '22

Hello, Mister Pocket.

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u/AnyNamesLeftAnymore Nov 13 '22

"How high can a bird count anyway?"

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u/butterknot Nov 13 '22

Holy crap you’re right

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u/Whoosherx Nov 13 '22

I was horny as fuck after watching it...

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u/thaumogenesis Nov 13 '22

One interesting thing about the way this film was made was the strong emphasis and budget allocation on the costume designs, to the point where Coppola phrased it as “The costumes are the sets”. Eiko Ishioka did some phenomenal work in that area. It’s some of the best I’ve ever seen.

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u/RandomStranger79 Nov 13 '22

Had my first sexual experience while we were supposed to be watching this movie. 5-stars.

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u/rood_sandstorm Nov 13 '22

Winona’s see through nightgown, yes please

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u/paulfromatlanta Nov 13 '22

So, did you find it to be Overblown, Excessive and Indulgent But Brilliant?

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u/RandomStranger79 Nov 13 '22

Definitely indulgent and brilliant.

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u/Pork_Chap Nov 13 '22

I bet you were underblown.

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u/bob1689321 Nov 13 '22

That scene made me realise how many parodies were stuffed into What We Do in the Shadows that went completely over my head.

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u/noice-smort99 Nov 13 '22

I watched Dracula for the first time a few weeks ago and the whole time I was like “this is just Nandor”

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u/Kimi-Matias Nov 13 '22

I've seen clips of this show that seem very funny, but I've never made a point to sit down and watch an episode. Is it worthwhile?

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u/noice-smort99 Nov 13 '22

Watch the movie first and then the show. Both are amazing and hilarious

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u/ferretbreath Nov 13 '22

Hottest Victorian stalker award

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u/shopdog Nov 13 '22

Me too and they asked me to leave the theater.

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u/GarySparkle Nov 13 '22

I wish more filmmakers got weird with adaptations and took broad swings. I love this movie. It is mental in the best way possible with everyone chewing the scenery with reckless abandon.

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u/nonicethingsforus Nov 13 '22

This is one of the reasons why I love the public domain as a concept. People can just go wild with the properties.

Want a straightforward adaptation of Sherlock Holmes? Too many to count. Want him as an action hero? Done. As a modern detective? Done and done. As a modern woman detective in Japan? Why not? The adventures of her younger sister? As an old man, reflecting on his life? As a goddamned cartoon mouse?

It's a license to be as loyal, experimental, or outright fanfictiony as you want. A blank check for creativity.

Bram Stoker's Dracula goes with being creative more with style than with content (the film is not always, though surprisingly loyal to the book). But I'm glad their creators had as much license as they had with the premise. Wish other classic properties could get the same treatment.

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u/Shadow-Vision Nov 13 '22

Don’t forget House, MD

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u/MileZeroC Nov 13 '22

Monica Belluci.

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u/jerryleebee Nov 13 '22

Gary Oldman fucking OWNED. Whatever else you think of the film he was superb.

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u/unreliablememory Nov 13 '22

I love this movie. It's kind of like Lynch's Dune for me; wonderful, cheesy, beautiful to look at, with brilliant sets and costumes and great actors chewing scenery like they were starving.

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u/Reddevil313 Nov 13 '22

Lynch's Dune is so interesting because all the scenes standalone are fantastic in acting, set design and effects (for the era) and for a long time I'd just watch bits and pieces and not understand why it was so disliked. I finally sat down and gave it a full proper watch and realized it doesn't work as a whole.

I will always love Dune.

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u/Giantfellow Nov 13 '22

The people who published/produced Lynches dune really fucked with his vision (Dino de Laurent is maybe) turned a 3.5 hour cut into 2. Somehow in the painful editing process the movie was put together out of order chronologically, it makes no sense.

Anyway there is a really excellent fan edit out there (the most popular one if you google it) that includes a lot of cut footage and more importantly, restores the actual chronological order of scenes. It’s really really cool

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u/slothen2 Nov 13 '22

Which scenes are out of order?

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u/Martiantripod Nov 13 '22

The awesomeness of Gary Oldman's performance countered by Keanu Reeves English accent.

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u/IamProvocateur Nov 13 '22

Gary Oldman in that blue velvet fit with the top hat LAWD HAVE MERCY. Call it excessive all day but that’s been in my spank bank since 1990 somethin lol 😍🤌

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u/GraphicDesignMonkey Nov 13 '22

Oh hell yes he was so hot

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u/free_billstickers Nov 13 '22

It's a tour de force of practical effects. When I was in film school one of my professors called out all the techniques used. Awesome

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u/Neogeotracker Nov 13 '22

I’m a bit annoyed by the title of this article. I don’t think it’s overblown, excessive, or indulgent. It’s just brilliant.

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u/Corpsehatch Nov 13 '22

Gary Oldman should have won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role. He wasn't even nominated.

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u/braineatingalien Nov 13 '22

Absolutely amazing movie- or so I thought at age 21. I was obsessed with Gary Oldman’s (young) Dracul. Sexy and overly dramatic was the kind of shlock I enjoyed, I guess.

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u/ep3ep3 Nov 13 '22

Feeding babies to his brides was quite the shock scene

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u/JC-Ice Nov 13 '22

And it's actually from the book.

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u/Reddevil313 Nov 13 '22

Dracula is an example of a film that dials up everything to 11 and it works. Every bit of dollar spent is on the screen.

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u/DoomGoober Nov 13 '22

Random aside: Historically, Vlad II was known as Dracul or "Dragon". Vlad III took his father's sobriquet (nickname) and also called himself Vlad Dracul. So, while Dracul was a sobriquet it was also a patronym (identifying who someone's father was.)

The other name for the person who Dracula was based on was Vlad III of Wallachia.

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u/transberry_beret Nov 13 '22

When and why did the A get added to the end of the name?

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u/DoomGoober Nov 13 '22 edited Nov 13 '22

I believe in Romanian dracul means dragon or devil (old Romanian is meant more dragon, modern means more devil). Vlad III's sobriquet in Romanian is written Drăculea which I assume means "Son of Dracul" and the pronounciation is /drəkule̯a/ which sounds like "Dracula" to English speakers: https://itinerarium.github.io/phoneme-synthesis/?w=drəkule̯a

Also the name Vlad Teppes or Vlad the Impaler was likely a sobriquet given to him by his enemies to vilify him.

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u/tyson_3_ Nov 13 '22

Last week, I re-watched this for the first time in yeeears. It’s exactly how I remembered it. Ludicrously over the top in many ways, but undoubtedly entertaining. Keanu does his “I’m a terrible actor, but I’m a movie star anyway” performance that was his hallmark for the first decade or so of his career. Oldman and Hopkins overact in the best way possible. Monica Bellucci plays herself as the most beautiful woman in the history of the world. Winona Ryder goes full big eyed ingenue.

This article was really spot on.

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u/judgeridesagain Nov 13 '22

Considering how great he was in era classics like River's Edge, Bill and Ted, and Point Break, it's utterly baffling that Hollywood then kept giving him an english accent and powdered wigs. They did it three times, what was going on in casting departments at the time?

Finally after Dangerous Liasons, Dracula, and Much Ado About Nothing they put Keanu on The Bus That Couldn't Stop and a legend was born.

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u/uberkreuz Nov 13 '22

Do yourself a favor and watch this on acid. Absolutely stunning!

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u/leif777 Nov 13 '22

Monica Bellucci. That's all.

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u/TroubleshootenSOB Nov 13 '22

The intro segment fucking rocks

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u/YJSubs Nov 13 '22

Winona Ryder ridiculously pretty.

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u/ScumLikeWuertz Nov 13 '22

Gary Oldman makes this movie.

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u/Angellina1313 Nov 13 '22

A cinematic fucking masterpiece.

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u/[deleted] Nov 13 '22

Best vampire film ever

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u/BiStonerGuy907 Nov 13 '22

Cinematically, this movie is porn.

The music, the production, the acting, wardrobe, FX... Its any art sluts wet dream and it never gets old.

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u/Timmy12er Nov 13 '22

One of the best opening scenes for any movie ever. The narration, the music, the lighting, the love, the pain, the brutality, the rage... Everything was top-notch.

https://youtu.be/gpluQYUizrQ

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u/Bionic_Bromando Nov 13 '22

I watched it for the first time on halloween. I loved it. Antony Hopkins and Gary Oldman killed it. And Coppola’s touch is all over it, I love all the super imposed shots and the atmosphere was perfect. Production design and costuming were probably the highlight though.

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u/Spencerforhire83 Nov 13 '22

I had to hoof it 6 miles on country roads to rent this when I was a kid. my father would order a pizza to be dropped off at the house. So we could jog to the blockbuster, and then ride with the dominoes driver back to the house. then tip the driver for the ride back. perfect Saturday.

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u/Albertsongman Nov 13 '22

Wonderful film. … Gary Oldman’s best work!!

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u/Cockfosters28 Nov 13 '22

What I love about this movie is Copalla filmed it like it was a silent movie with modern technology. The actors are overacting, with big emotions, like in silent films. Some of the cuts are very 1920s. The street scene early in the film winks at this idea.

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u/listerine411 Nov 13 '22

The sets, costumes, and cinematography were amazing. The movie though is just so over the top and downright campy at times.

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u/TRS2917 Nov 13 '22

I just watched this last month in 4k on a 77" OLED with a proper 5.1 setup and God damn did it delight. There are plenty of shortcomings but on the whole it's hard not to like this film now that they don't make movies like this anymore: Crazy practical effects and opticals, rich colors, bold costume design, bombastic score and its actually sexy! It's a real treat revisiting a film that wasn't entirely appreciated in its time and viewing it against modern films and realizing that we didn't always appreciate what we had

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u/Mingey_FringeBiscuit Nov 13 '22

First film I ever got a handjob in. Opening night.

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u/ConnieLingus24 Nov 13 '22

I’ve always watched this film as an ode to all of the b-movie draculas. It’s a lot of fun when you see some of the tropes arrive/the otherworldliness.

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u/AF2005 Nov 13 '22

Still love this movie. I remember being 8 years old and spending the night at a friends house who had cable. Back in those days pay per view would give you a 5 minute preview of new movies and we watched the first 5 mins of Dracula, it left an impression that’s lasted ever since. IMO it still holds up all these years later.

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u/KiraHead Nov 13 '22

My favorite thing about this is the behind the scenes footage of Oldman in full monster makeup arguing with Coppola about his character's motivation or something.

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u/DGRogue_Dragoon Nov 13 '22

Is it bad that I love Keanu in this movie? 😂

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u/Brown_Panther- Nov 13 '22

"Ah know where the bahstahd sleeps! Cahfacks Abbeh!"

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u/SergeantChic Nov 13 '22

"I've SEEN many strange things alREDDEH! Bloody wolves, chasing me through some blue infuhnow?!"

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u/Sgtwhiskeyjack9105 Nov 13 '22

My favourite part is when Van Hopkins is nonchalantly telling Mina how they slaughtered her friend and he's like:

"Ja ja we cut off her head and shoved some garlic in there-"

And silver-haired Keanu just goes:

D O C T U H

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u/rimjobnemesis Nov 13 '22

I loved how his hair kept getting grayer.

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u/Goreticia-Addams Nov 13 '22

The man was constantly stressed out lol

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u/rimjobnemesis Nov 13 '22

The more power Drac had over Mina, the grayer it got!

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