Bram Stoker's Dracula

dir. Francis Ford Coppola

Series - Retrospective

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A clueless-looking Keanu Reeves stumbles his way though Francis Ford Coppola's baroquely over-the-top rendering of the classic vampire tale.
Francis Ford Coppola's epically ambitious and lushly erotic adaptation of the horror classic — which completely eschews computer effects in favour of traditional physical and in-camera methods — stays remarkably faithful to the narrative (if certainly not the tone) of the Stoker original. When naïve young English solicitor Jonathan Harker (Keanu Reeves) arrives at the ominous Transylvanian abode of his firm's new client Count Dracula (played in a deliciously decadent performance by Gary Oldman), he soon discovers that his host is an immortal bloodsucking ghoul — and what's worse, the mummified old codger has got the vampiric hots for Harker's beautiful fiancée Mina (Winona Ryder), whom he believes to be the reincarnation of his long-lost love. Playing the juvenile lead as part of a powerhouse cast (which also includes Anthony Hopkins, Tom Waits and Richard E. Grant), Reeves makes a delightfully gossamer-thin attempt at an English accent and spends much of the film in a state of polite incredulity at the baroque madness that surrounds him — hilariously so during his seduction by the Count's busty, bloodsucking harem.

Featuring a special video intro by Keanu!