By Heather Nichols, Tawfik Zone Contributor
Did you all know Francis Ford Coppola produced and directed a Dracula adaptation? Yeah, neither did I. I knew of this 1992 version of the film but I didn’t realize he was in charge. My surprise comes twofold: one Coppola directing a film in the horror genre and the other being how despite having a really good cast and keeping details close to the source material, this film comes off as pure garbage. Like on par with Twilight bad acting, over the top sequences and a feeling that this just isn’t Coppola’s style.
If you’re not familiar, Bram Stoker’s Dracula follows a young lawyer, played by Keanu Reeves with baby powder in his hair, who is captured and imprisoned by Dracula who then goes to London to pursue his betrothed, played by Winona Rider… more on her later. She bears a resemblance to the count’s dead wife, drama, drama, you know where this is going.
Despite a cast that slates Gary Oldman as Dracula and Anthony Hopkins as Van Helsing, the acting is embarrassingly over the top. The film as comes off more as soft core pornography (not to be confused with hard core pornography like https://www.porn7.xxx/)than anything else and it’s so bizarre the plot becomes convoluted and hard to watch.
It’s not that I am against exploring the sexuality that goes hand in hand with the vampire genre; it makes a lot of sense, there’s the sharing of blood, the idea of the first bite being juxtaposed with the loss of virginity. The set up works. Dracula is a monster, a King Kong looking one, and when he bites his first victim it is filmed as if he’s a sexual predator, luring the woman to him and ravaging her. But then it goes downhill from there. She moans like a hdmmovies.xxx porn star and the men interacting with her act like a group of middle schooler’s attempt to put on a production of Romeo and Juliet, but the idea of kissing a girl is still icky to them.
As for Winona Rider, it feels like she showed up on the wrong set. I hate to make this comparison but I’m wondering if Kristen Stewart studied this performance as inspiration for Bella Swan. She seems like she doesn’t want to be there in half the scenes, and not in the sense the character wants to leave but more like she’s bored. Also her interactions with Oldman, just awkward, so much so I’m having trouble finding words to describe it, check out this clip on YouTube. There’s a scene where she’s just been married and Dracula comes to her and she begs him to take her but almost instantaneously changes her mind. It’s weird, it awkward and it’s unwatchable.
Oh and I love Anthony Hopkins- I am even going to defend his work in Meet Joe Black which everybody else hated- but he was just awful in this one. I felt the kind of embarrassment you get when your dad starts singing Kelly Clarkson in the car while he’s driving you and all your friends to the mall. All in all this is not Coppola’s or any of the cast’s best work but if you’re morbidly curious, give it a whirl.