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.
In my 30 years of living, I never before finished this - I always turn it off somewhere, disgusted. After finally forcing myself through, I firmly believe this is one of the most vile and evil films ever made. The film's logic - as if in a fever dream of a terminal patient, or in the last involuntary synapses of a man dying mid-coitus - shuns all Good in service of Love, forever distancing the two. It's mad genius.
Distinctive, yet unpretentious take on this well known myth. Director gives the famous main character a more humane side, while exploring sexual tensions beneath the entire sadistic story. Using "primitive" special effects works quite well, emphasizing the "medieval" setting and as homage to early cinema.