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Dracula by Bram Stoker

Discussion in 'Novels by Other Authors' started by Connor B, Jan 28, 2016.

  1. Dynamo

    Dynamo Well-Known Member

    When I read it I hadn't seen the Bela Lugosi movie but I had seen/enjoyed Bram Stoker's Dracula not long before. So I had no trouble imagining Count Pimpula.

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  2. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    This version would have been perfect except for the huge miscasting of Keanu Reeves. I just kept waiting for him so say something like: 'I am on the train to Budapest......dude.'!
     
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  3. Steffen

    Steffen Well-Known Member

    Agreed - Keanu was the only sour note in this film, but I love it otherwise. This was the last major Hollywood film that used optical/practical effects at the dawn of the "digital" era. It made for a classic aesthetic, like the old Universal monster films. I bought the DVD and watched all the behind-the-scenes stuff repeatedly. My favourite Gary Oldman film.
     
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  4. mal

    mal Well-Known Member

    I never read Dracula...but I am excited to read it now.
     
  5. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    I read Dracula when I was around ten. Loved it so much. I could do without all the fawning female stuff by Von Helsing but I guess this book was the way things were written then. Charles Dickens would be proud lol.
     
  6. Dynamo

    Dynamo Well-Known Member

    Well I was 12 when I first saw it, and was/am a huge Bill and Ted fan, so at the time I thought it was awesome that he was in the movie. As an adult I can see that Keanu was in over his head and not the best choice. An older Keanu might have been able to pull it off, or at least pull it off better, but his performance at least adds some unintentional humor. There's one scene where it seems like Ted Theodore Logan is about to burst out of Harker and always cracks me up. It's when Harker spots Dracula in London. But it doesn't bother me since the real meat of the movie is with Dracula and the scenes with Van Helsing, Seward, Quincey and Holmwood. The crypt scene with Lucy was pure awesome. Almost as awesome as Tom Waits as Renfield.
     
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  7. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    yes. yes it was.

     
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  8. Zone D Dad

    Zone D Dad Well-Known Member

    Uuugh. I know. I'm not sure who has the worst disappearing British accent: Keanu Reeves in Dracula or Kevin Costner in Robin Hood.
     
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  9. Dynamo

    Dynamo Well-Known Member

    It's been a long time since I've seen Robin Hood but wasn't Costner's accent more like non-existent? Or was he slipping in and out of it? I thought he just played that movie like it was Crash Davis: Prince Of Thieves.
     
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  10. Zone D Dad

    Zone D Dad Well-Known Member

    In and out. It's quite humorous; you could undoubtedly make a drinking game out of it. It's like Whack-a-Mole: where will it pop up next? Alan Rickman must've started every shooting day with a facepalm.
     
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  11. Gerald

    Gerald Well-Known Member

    It's strange he has a moustache, because when he's Dracula as an old man in the scenes in the castle with Harker in the beginning he doesn't have one... Perhaps it grew when he was on the ship to London.
    But also he can shapeshift into different forms, so growing a moustache suddenly should perhaps not be a problem either. :)

    There also is a mini-series with Patrick Bergin as Dracula where he has a moustache. It's not rated highly and I suppose not great, but I kind of liked it: Dracula (TV Series 2002– ) - IMDb
    It has an Italian vibe to it, it was done for Italian television.

    Maybe they leave out the moustache in a lot of adaptations, because it accentuates the fangs more?

    Dracula is actually the literary equivalent of a found footage film. You could film it as such if you set it in modern times. Harker taking a camera to the castle: 'So, this is my first night at the castle.' And Seward filming Renfield for study at the asylum, Van Helsing having his methods filmed etc.
    It might work if found footage was done in a more adult way, often it's rather juvenile with characters constantly joking, which lets it down often.
     
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  12. RichardX

    RichardX Well-Known Member

    Great book. A lot of folks probably never read it because of the movies. Was there ever any explanation given in the book as to why Dracula wanted to move from Transylvania to England? That always struck me as odd and risky from the old Count's perspective absent a good reason.
     
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  13. Zone D Dad

    Zone D Dad Well-Known Member

    I don't recall if the book actually gives a reason. I've just always assumed Dracula was doing it to improve his dining variety.
     
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  14. Ebdim9th

    Ebdim9th A Man's Chord and Author/bringer of Bad Dolls

    Drac wanted to be a Modern Vampire .. so off to London he went ...
     
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  15. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    He was tired of the local cuisine?
     
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  16. Steffen

    Steffen Well-Known Member

    I could be wrong, but I think one of the reasons for the moustache is a nod to Dracula's inspiration, Vlad Tepes. There is one famous illustration featuring him with a prominent handlebar moustache.
     
  17. Steffen

    Steffen Well-Known Member

    There we go.
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  18. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...always thought it looked like he'd pinned a hairy dog turd to his upper lip...
     
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  19. Steffen

    Steffen Well-Known Member

    Pretty sure his enemies used to make fun of him for the same thing and that's what started the whole impalement thing. What a jerk.
     
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  20. Gerald

    Gerald Well-Known Member

    I think you're absolutely right.
     
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