With such a great attention to technical details, this was meant to be a Dracula film to end all Dracula films. Unfortunately, some other details such as characters were taken a backseat. They feel empty and dead because everything was focused on a love story that never happened in a source material. Its results are the mixed feelings about main antagonist, while the main protagonists offer nothing to hold on to.
Ridiculously over the top scenes, experimental cinematographic effects, and dark mise-en-scene makes this Dracula adaptation unique. Very gothic. The dark and irrational side of modernity explored. Unconscious, repressive desires given life. The haunting past that instills nightmares in the present moment.
Gorgeously erotic and Gothic version of Bram Stoker's book with silent movie techniques and exquisite sets, costumes and make-up without ever going "over the top. It is easily one of the best-looking films of the entire Dracula-canon on film. The film is filled with a impressive cast list but it is Sadie Frost who blows everyone out of the movie as the doomed Lucy. Sadly Keanu doesn't. The last good "Dracula" movie.
People have always been quick to dismiss this film as overwrought and excessive, but those are the very things that make it so special. The outre romance and stylistic peccadillos are what make this one of the most daringly rendered big budget fright flicks of all time. A perpetual delight for those who never tire of the alchemical magic of filmmaking, no matter how obvious the effects or outsized the emotions.
2.7 stars. Even though all the special effects are in-camera, it still manages to feel at times like a lurid CGI extravaganza. It has much the same grubby appeal of Troika's wonderful 2004 RPG 'Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines' but somehow never quite gives itself over to sheer giddy enjoyment in the way that game does. A film I probably could love if I could find a crack in it to work myself into.