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Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Country:  USA

Director:  Francis Ford Coppola

Main Stars:  Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Monica Bellucci, Sadie Frost, Jonathan Harker

Storyline:  A vampire comes to England to seduce a visitor’s fiancée and bring terror to the land.

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Review (Spoils): More closely to the novel then the past Dracula films this one is more of a work of art then horror. A young man (Jonathan Harker) was captured by Dracula (Gary Oldman) as he wants his fiancée Mina (Winona Ryde). Dracula travels to Britain to keep his reign of terror going and then attacks Mina best friend Lucy (Sadie Frost) also.

This film is a piece of art really. The scenery alone is worth the watch and the story telling of the film is very well done. From the beginning of Vlad the Impaler to now Dracula, the film moves with ease. The acting is very well done and the presence of Dracula from Gary Oldman is spectacular as he presents himself as young seductive man and the aging, gross and hideous beast.  Sure the movie plays like a gothic love story but the gore is there. We have wolves, blood, great special effects of changing of physical appearances, lots of biting and even the odd sexual scene.  The film covers it all.

Rating:  Not as great as the Dracula films of Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee but it is up there.  It is in a different type of vampire genre this is leaning more the romantic period. Francis Ford Coppola did create a masterpiece here and it should be viewed not by just horror fans but movie lovers in general.

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7/10 Beers!

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Audrey Rose (1977)

Audrey Rose (1977)

Country:  USA

Director:  Robert Wise

Main Stars:  Marsha Mason, Anthony Hopkins, John Beck, Susan Swift

Storyline:  A stranger attempts to convince a couple that their daughter is actually his daughter reincarnated.

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Review (Spoils):  Janice Templeton (Marsha Mason) is a happy married woman to her husband Bill (John Beck) with their 11 year old daughter Ivy. One a strange day a stranger named Elliot Hoover (Anthony Hopkins) approaches them and tells them that his daughter Audrey Rose died in a burning car crash 11 years ago and that she is reincarnated in their daughter Ivy (Susan Swift).  The family believe that Hoover is crazy and they get lawyers and restraining orders against the man. Ivy during this time starts to have horrible nightmares and the only person to calm her down is the presence of Hoover in the room.  Hoover goes overboard nuts and tries to abduct the girl and the parents go after him. At all costs Hoover wants to prove that Ivy Templeton is really Audrey Rose.

The performance of Anthony Hopkins is awesome as he is applying the confused and misunderstood man who just wants his daughter back.

Rating:  For a touchie topic that many do not understand nor want to too understand it.  This film treads on it and it does a decent job of it all with adding the haunting visions of Audrey Rose in Ivy mind. It tries to give The Exorcist feel to the film but does not common off as great as that.

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6/10 Beers!

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