I think it fitting to start this film blog that is about vampire movies with the first vampire movie that stole my heart, the 1992 classic Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
I was about ten years old when I first watched this movie, and wayyyy too young if I am honest. My grandma (who I loved dearly), was a big movie buff and would often let me stay up late and watch horror movies with her. She was the best grandma in the whole world, try to fight me on this, I dare you.
I digress, so late one night I couldn’t sleep and went into the living where my grandma had just started playing Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and after some pleading on my end, she agreed to let me sit on the floor and watch the film with her. My young mind was completely blown away. This movie began my lifetime love for vampire films….and also my lifelong crush on Gary Oldman, but can you blame?
I mean look at him! I will talk about the outfits in this film later, but Gary Oldman is one sexy Dracula.
Back to topic, this movie really captivated me at such a young age. I’ve probably seen it about a dozen times now, and it usually makes a spot on my Halloween movie marathon that I do ever year. But why did it leave such an impression?
Well, for several reasons: it was romantic, erotic, bloody and the soundtrack!! Oh my god the film score for this film, whenever Dracula and Mina (played by the fantastic Winona Ryder) are together this beautiful orchestra piece would play.
Yes, the soundtrack is amazing. It does a great job provoking emotion all on its own and combined with the acting *chiefs kiss* . But the one thing I loved even more than the music were the costumes! This film does such an interesting take on historical fashion.
The dresses in this movie are to die for! No pun intended. Lots of rich colors are seen throughout the movie, Dracula in dark red of course, Mina in shades of green. But then the film throws you for a loop with outfits like Dracula’s armor that looks like flayed muscle or Lucy’ s giant lacy wedding dress. All the outfits are so gorgeous and makes the movie really shine. I also love how when I re-watch the movie, I always catch a detail that I missed before, like the snake design on Lucy’s ball dress or the leaf pattern that appears on many of Mina’s outfits.
I read that Francis Ford Coppola didn’t get the big budget he had hoped for, so he focused on using the costumes as the sets. He hired Eiko Ishioka, a Japanese-born graphic designer, who had never really taken on the role of costume designer for a film before! How incredible is that?!
I also want to talk about the cast, which in the nineties was made of some really big names. Gary Oldman as Dracula, Winona Ryder as Mina, Anthony (freaking) Hopkins as Van Helsing, and last but certainly not least, Keanu Reeves as Mina’s fiance Jonathan. OK, I will admit that Keanu Reeves is the weak link in this movie. His attempt at a British accent is atrocious. But everyone else in this movies brings there A game!
So, there you have it. My love for vampire movies was born late at night in front of my grandma’s TV set as Gary Oldman and Winona Ryder made bedroom eyes at each other. This film was a such a sensory overload to my baby film brain (weird phrasing I know) but it’s true. After watching this film I was OBSESSED with all things vampires; books, TV shows, and of course, movies.
“I have crossed oceans of time to find you.”– Dracula
Thanks for reading and watch your neck!