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Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« Reply #3645 on: October 31, 2017, 08:43:02 pm »
So I finally saw the 1931 Dracula, the classic with Bela Lugosi and it was... ..boring.  I mean, Bela Lagosi was good but and there were a couple interesting visuals, but on the whole, it was just... boring.  It wasn't scary, the cinematography wasn't that dramatic... I know they were still learning the language, but then you compare with the Spanish version on the same disc, shot on the same sets and it's just so much creepier, the photography is more dynamic... it's nuts.  It's a superior remake made at the same time.

So now I'm watching the 1992 Francis Ford Coppola Dracula (which I've seen before) and I dig it so much, it's so nuts, creepy, overdesigned and theatrical, full of practical tricks and constantly messing the the audience's heads (the shadows not matching, Gary Oldman being slid around on a track, etc).  I always thought this was parodying the original but so much of this ISN'T part of the DNA of the original, and I guess I was just disappointed.  Plus Gary Oldman doesn't chew scenery, it devours it like a glutton convinced he's starving.  Plus Keanu Reeves is kind of adorable, Harker's kind of a thankless role but he's so darn likable and "aw shucks" that t makes the part memorable.

 

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