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How many of you have seen Bram Stoker's Dracula? (I hope I have the name right.)

I haven't.


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    How many of you have seen Bram Stoker's Dracula? (I hope I have the name right.)



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    I haven't.


I saw it. In the theater and then later on DVD. Plus I have the soundtrack album on CD. This is one movie that is really made by the music. What a great soundtrack!









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The only thing I really remember about that movie was Wynona Ryder's red-headed girlfriend.
Wow. Put me on to red-heads forever now! lol

I think there was a vampire in that movie too.


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I saw it. Keanu Reeves is horrible and every time he is on screen it just kills the movie for me. It's painful, listening to his fake English accent and watching him trying to emote.

Also, not a fan of them trying to make Dracula a sympathetic character. They're doing it again with the new Dracula television series.


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Yeah, I saw it. It was terrible. Gary Oldman as dracula was the only good thing about the movie(and maybe the visual effects). The acting was generally awful. They cast the film based on popular trends at the time, which meant Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder were in it, even though both were simply dreadful at speaking in British accents.

They also changed the plot to include a terribly cliched reincarnation story line. Meant to make Dracula into a romantic hero. That was a major deviation from the book. If you haven't read the book, it's well worth it. Do that instead of wasting two minutes of your time on that movie.


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Never seen it. I was never into vampires or goth chicks.

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    Never seen it. I was never into vampires or goth chicks.


Not into goth chicks? Jeez, I love goth chicks. I wish my generation had them.







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    Yeah, I saw it. It was terrible. Gary Oldman as dracula was the only good thing about the movie(and maybe the visual effects).


How about the music? Far and away my favorite part.


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    The acting was generally awful. They cast the film based on popular trends at the time, which meant Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder were in it, even though both were simply dreadful at speaking in British accents.


Keanu Reeves was an odd casting choice for sure. Even odder was when he was cast as Constantine.


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    They also changed the plot to include a terribly cliched reincarnation story line. Meant to make Dracula into a romantic hero. That was a major deviation from the book.


I thought it was bizarre to make a movie with the author's name in the title and then deviate from what the author wrote.


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    If you haven't read the book, it's well worth it. Do that instead of wasting two minutes of your time on that movie.


I've read it but all of a sudden I have this urge to listen to it as an audiobook. The personal correspondence format must surely be ideal for audiobooks.






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    Also, not a fan of them trying to make Dracula a sympathetic character. They're doing it again with the new Dracula television series.


My favorite approach to vampires is as a metaphorical discussion of the question of vegetarianism. The arguments vampires use to justify dining on humans are some of the same arguments we humans use to justify dining on cows, pigs, and chickens.







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I have seen it.


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    Never seen it. I was never into vampires or goth chicks.



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    PPP


I don't care for them either. I'm already depressed...I don't need someone around who glorifies her depression. I need someone to keep me from wallowing.

I'm depressed...but I don't need to dye my hair, get shitty tattoos, cut up my clothes, worship pagan gods, smoke or rant about the system.

But speaking of vampires I think the Twilight phenomenon was a plot to make womankind stupid. First it was the lead in the makeup back in the middle ages and then it was twilight.

Every woman I met who was obsessed with Twilight just didn't seem to have much going on upstairs. That series just turned them into blithering vapid teenagers again. Just saying.


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    I'm depressed...but I don't need to dye my hair, get shitty tattoos, cut up my clothes, worship pagan gods, smoke or rant about the system.


Hey, I just realized - goth subculture is largely an 80s/90s phenomenon! It's totally on topic! \(zorro\)


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    Every woman I met who was obsessed with Twilight just didn't seem to have much going on upstairs. That series just turned them into blithering vapid teenagers again. Just saying.


Anecdotal evidence in my own life backs you up, Reverend. I know personally only one person (male or female) who has even read Twilight, and she's a no common sense type. However, she isn't a goth chick. The goth chicks I used to know would never have made it past the first few pages of that novel. But they were certainly fans of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, which, incidentally, are on topic here. I too was a fan of those novels, or, more precisely, two of them: (1) The Vampire Lestat; and (2) Queen of the Damned. I just seem to always gravitate to anti-heroes, and Lestat was such a one. But I'm also fascinated by the prospect and the ramifications of immortality.








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I agree Goth chicks from the 90's and girls reading Twilight are two different groups of folks.

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    I agree Goth chicks from the 90's and girls reading Twilight are two different groups of folks.


Yes I think this ties into the recent South Park episode delineating the differences between vampires, goth kids and emo kids.

All of which went over my head because I just knew I'm equally put off by all 3 groups.




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I saw it and really got a kick out of Gary Oldman. But I'd consider it one of my least favorite adaptations. I prefer the Hammer movies.

Sorry BT, I can't recall the soundtrack!






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Cary Elwes and Sadie Hawkins in particular are terrible in this. Reeves and Ryder are kinda nondescript. Grant is perfect in his minor role.

Hopkins, Waits, and Oldman are unforgettable.


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    I saw it. Keanu Reeves is horrible and every time he is on screen it just kills the movie for me. It's painful, listening to his fake English accent and watching him trying to emote.


LOL He's horrible in just about everything.


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    Also, not a fan of them trying to make Dracula a sympathetic character. They're doing it again with the new Dracula television series.





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I've seen it. Though not in about 20 years. It was pretty good.


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