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5,024 Ratings

Bram Stoker's Dracula


Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
United States, 1992


A lavish, decadent adaptation of the classic horror tale by Bram Stoker stars Gary Oldman as the titular vampire, who makes his way to London to seduce the wife of a young visitor.

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Bram Stoker's Dracula Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1993 | 3 wins including: Best Costume Design

1993 | Nominee: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

BAFTA Awards

1994 | 4 nominations including: Best Costume Design

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

1993 | Winner: Best Cinematography

Hugo Awards

1993 | Nominee: Best Dramatic Presentation

Critics reviews

The movie takes its cues from silent film, using double-exposures, forced perspectives, and mirrors to create its oneiric, flagrantly artificial Victorian world; Coppola insisted that all of the effects be accomplished either on-set or in-camera. (He also brought out a real hand-cranked Pathé for the scene where Dracula goes on his first walk through London.) This makes Bram Stoker’s Dracula one of the strangest-looking Hollywood films of its time, both opulent and handmade
October 10, 2014
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[It’s] a film that has dated better than any other effects-driven entertainment of 1992. It’s a genuinely unsettling movie out of time, tactile and purposefully distorted. There’s a choppiness to the film’s many wondrous images that registers to the eye beautifully, eliding completely the strange haziness and unconvincing fluidity of CGI effects, especially those of the period.
March 04, 2013
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I could be wrong, but I’ll bet academic critics will have a field day with Coppola’s swarming, overpacked horror extravaganza once they have a chance to digest it… For one thing, it’s a movie that would benefit from excerpting and repeated viewings, two classroom standbys. For another, it seizes on all sorts of ideas that were kicking around certain film departments 10 or 15 years ago, such as the notion that movies and psychoanalysis got started around the same time…
November 26, 1992
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What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Think of the baroque style of Apocalypse Now. The chiaroscuro. The superimpositions. The plumes of smoke. Wouldn't it be sumptuously perfect for a slient-era-style Gothic horror flick? It is, though neither the plot nor the passion is lucid (despite the voiceover's best efforts), and a British accent is beyond Keanu. But its general gist is ravishing: a modern way of balancing moral anxiety with sexual freakiness.

  • Thomas's rating of the film Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Highly stylised vivid adaptation, though perhaps at times crosses the line into overblown campness. Coppola admirably favoured more traditional techniques to achieve the supernatural special effects, rejecting CGI still in its relative infancy. This is also the film which most strongly highlights the metaphysical and virile charged sexual energy and magnetism, which is ever present in Stoker's original novel.

  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Coppola's film is one of the best adaptations of Stoker's novel. It is the only one dealing with the suppressed sexuality of the book in an appropriate way by turning it into the obsessive impulses for the main characters' actions. Furthermore, he places the story in an entirely artificial setting with unnatural colors, lights, shadows, camera movements and scenarios thus giving the narration a dreamlike atmosphere.

  • anarresti's rating of the film Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Coppola set a standard for what vampires look like, behave, feel like. He created/reinvented an aesthetic for this undead bloodthirst romantic figure. More than 20 years later, vampires are more popular than ever. An we have a lot of diversity in vampire imagery. Twilight sure is a long way from Murnau's Nosferatu. As is the brilliant True Blood, on TV, or the recent Jarmusch incursion in vampire territory.

  • Joks's rating of the film Bram Stoker's Dracula

    One of the most eccentric 'blockbusters' ever made. Some odd casting choices, but it is hard to deny the strength of Coppola's vision. It's flawed to be sure, but there are moments of complete brilliance, and it is in these moments where we get a glimpse of the masterpiece it could have been. Definitely worth a look though

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Even though it has some good moments, overall everything looks a bit just "thrown in there", and at your eyes. The story feels disconnected and some of the actors - even Anthony Hopkins - seem to be acting in a rather odd manner. I don't know, visually is a good movie but it doesn't come out as credible or strong as it should have been, specially with a cast like that and directed by Coppola.

  • Risya's rating of the film Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Visually stunning with a beautiful haunting atmosphere of classic horror. Francis Ford Coppola created a true vampire realm in this movie. This will TURNED OFF many of those horror enthusiasts who expects to see a film that thrives on shock value because instead this movie delivers more values of lust and love here. My only complaint would be for it is a bit too long and that Keanu was a little bit disappointing.

  • Viktor Pedersen's rating of the film Bram Stoker's Dracula

    A love story that transcends time and space, life and death. A Gothic masterpiece. "The children of the night. What sweet music they make."

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