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Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)


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Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

In Francis Ford Coppola's faithful adaptation of the Transylvanian Dracula vampire tale:

  • the opening blood-drenched scene of Prince Vlad (The Impaler) Dracula (Gary Oldman), a member of the Sacred Order of the Dragon, who was introduced by a Narrator, about how he had returned in the year 1462 from a victorious battle against the Turks and found his dead suicidal wife Elisabeta (Winona Ryder) on the church altar - she had falsely believed he had died, killed herself, and was damned for taking her own soul - Dracula angrily denounced God and vowed to seek revenge, as he thrust his sword into a stone cross that bled blood: ("Sacrilege! ls this my reward for defending God's church?...l renounce Him! I renounce God and all you hypocrites who feed off Him! If my beloved burns in Hell, so shall I. I, Dracula, Commander of Transylvania, shall arise from my own death to avenge hers with all the powers of Darkness! (He drank blood that had spilled from the cross into the church's holy chalice) 'The blood is the life! And the blood, it shall be mine!'")
  • in Transylvania centuries later in the late 1800s, Count Dracula was portrayed as a pasty-faced, bouffant-coiffed, satin-robed nobleman; he delivered a welcome-greeting ("I am Drac-ula and I bid you welcome, Mr. Harker, to my house") to young London law clerk and real estate agent Jonathan Harker (Keanu Reeves), there to arrange a real estate acquisition in London; he spoke a memorable line of dialogue at the dinner table: "Come in. You will, l trust, excuse me that l do not join you. But l have already dined. And l never drink wine"
  • Dracula's orgasmic expression when he saw Harker cut himself and draw blood while shaving - his rapture at the sound of wolves ("Listen to them. The children of the night. What sweet music they make!"), and afterwards the Count secretly licked Harker's blood off the sharp razor
Greeting to Harker: "I am Drac-ula"
Dracula To Harker When He Cut Himself Shaving: "Take care how you cut yourself. lt is more dangerous than you think." (He licked the bloody razor)
  • the sequence of Harker being enticed, seduced, raped and fed upon by Dracula's three blood-thirsty seductive brides (Monica Bellucci, Michaela Bercu, and Florina Kendrick); in Harker's bedroom as he was retiring for the night, one of the undead Brides emerged from under his bed (Bellucci) and proceeded to rise up (half-naked, bare-breasted) and stroke his inner thighs; afterwards, all the brides surfaced up through the mattress; he was surrounded by the ravenous creatures as they tore at his clothes, and fed upon him (by licking him, and then biting down on his crotch with fanged teeth); the "devils of the pit" drained him of his blood to keep him weak
The Three Blood-Thirsty Brides of Dracula
(Monica Bellucci)
(Florina Kendrick)
(Michaela Bercu)
  • the Brides were interrupted by the sudden appearance of Dracula himself, who jealously and strongly cautioned: "How dare you touch him! He belongs to me....Yes, I too can love. And I shall love again"; one of the Brides asked: "Are we to have nothing tonight?"; Harker saw Dracula give his brides a young baby to feast upon, and as he screamed in horror, Dracula let out a hideous laugh
  • in London, blood-red-eyed Prince Vlad's (also Gary Oldman) overwhelming temptation to suck the blood of Harker's bride-to-be Mina Murray (also Winona Ryder) - believing her to be the living image of his own long-lost reincarnated beloved bride Elisabeta: ("I know you. I have crossed oceans of time to find you"), during a London exhibition in a cinematheque of the new art of movies; he then saved her from an escaped wolf
  • the scene in which obsessed vampire hunter Dr. Abraham Van Helsing (Anthony Hopkins) and others discovered Mina's friend Lucy Westenra (Sadie Frost) was a vampyr - and coaxed her back into her coffin, and in a mercy killing stabbed her through the heart and beheaded her: ("I cast you out, the Prince of Darkness, into Hell! A moment's courage, and it is done. Take the stake in your left hand, place the point over the heart. Then in God's name, strike. Do it now!")
Mercy Killing of Mina's Friend Lucy - A Vampyr
  • the scene of Mina's feverish and passionate dream-longing for Dracula, and her subsequent love scene with a seductive Dracula in bed in which she drank the blood of Dracula's chest wound, and they spoke of being united forever: (Mina: "Oh yes, my love. You've found me...l have wanted this to happen. l know that now. l want to be with you always....l love you. Oh, God, forgive me, l do. l want to be what you are, see what you see, love what you love" Dracula: "To walk with me, you must die to your breathing life and be reborn to mine" Mina: "You are my love and my life always" Dracula: "Then, l give you life eternal, everlasting love, the power of the storm, and the beasts of the earth. Walk with me to be my loving wife forever" Mina: "l will. Yes. Yes" Dracula: "Oh, Mina, drink and join me in eternal life. No, l cannot let this be" Mina: "Please, l don't care. Make me yours" Dracula: "You will be cursed as l am to walk in the shadow of death for all eternity. l love you too much to condemn you" Mina: "Then take me away from all this death")
  • after Van Helsing and others burst into the bedroom and saved Mina, Dracula transformed (with spectacular special-effects) into a monstrous werewolf creature on his hind-legs who threatened them, claiming: "She is now my bride" - but then after being shot in the chest, Dracula morphed again into a pack of rats that scurried away across the floor
  • the climactic ending scene in which Mina was hypnotized and made a decoy to follow Dracula and finish him off; dying, Dracula knew that his end was near: ("Where is my God? He has forsaken me. lt is finished"); Mina pledged her love and kissed him: ("Oh, my love, my love"); in voice-over, Mina spoke: "There, in the presence of God, I understood at last how my love could release us all from the powers of darkness. Our love is stronger than death"; after his request: "Give me peace" (the film's final line of dialogue), she impaled Dracula in the heart with a sword, kissed him again, and then beheaded him to end his curse

Suicidal Wife

Prince Vlad/Dracula Denouncing God For His Wife's Suicide

Dracula Offering His Three Brides an Infant

Prince Vlad Tempted to Suck Blood of Mina, Harker's Fiancee

Dracula/Prince Vlad Saving Mina from a White Werewolf in Cinematheque

Mina Making Love to Dracula

Dracula Transformed into Grotesque Werewolf Creature and Pack of Rats!

Mina's Sword-Impalement and Beheading of Dracula


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