Bram Stoker's Dracula

Movie review by
Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media
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Bloody, sexy, scary Dracula for mature teens only!
  • R
  • 1992
  • 127 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 16 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages
Violence

Graphic violence from the beginning (people impaled on spears and arrows, rivers of blood), self-cutting, cannibalism (including of a baby), torture of the insane, wolf attack, decapitation, stake through the heart.

Sex

Sexually suggestive discussion, drawings of sexual positions, brief lesbianism, evil topless women writhing on and sucking blood from Harker, sadistic sex with a wolf man.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One brief incident of laudanum use by the doctor in the asylum and drinking of absinthe.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is not your average run-of-the-mill Dracula flick but a highly sexualized and violent version. It's for mature audiences only because the movie is filled with multiple, graphic images of violent, blood-letting sex. Parents should be very careful in allowing even remotely squeamish teens to watch this film.

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  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bybranagh April 9, 2008

Faithful, But Blood-Soaked, Adaptation Of The Horror Novel Written In 1897

Francis Ford Coppola ("The Godfather" movies, "Apocalypse Now") takes a bite out of literature with this faithful version of the classic hor... Continue reading
Adult Written byMovieCertificate November 2, 2011

R-18. Not for teens and below.

Restricted to adults. Graphic violence, explicit sexual content, nudity, sexual violence, and strong horror themes.
Teen, 17 years old Written byNirvanaSamurai2003 May 19, 2020

one of my favorite movies of all time

this movie contains Strong Violence,Strong Vampiric content,Strong Sexual content,Some Alcohol use, Brief Drug use and A Scene of Rape
Teen, 14 years old Written bymrbigballz April 26, 2019

Excellent

Three words: Gore, sex and vampires. Gary Oldman does an outstanding portrayal of Dracula, and it's filled with loads of gore and violence, plus the occasi... Continue reading

What's the story?

This movie based on Bram Stoker's classic novel, BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA tells the story of the Count's pursuit of Mina (Winona Rider), the reincarnated embodiment of his lost love, Elisabeta whom he lost to suicide while he was off defending the cross in a great battle. Upon the discovery of her death, Dracula (Gary Oldman) rejects the church and vows everlasting life and vengeance. The movie takes place in the nineteenth century beginning in London, where the count lures Jonathan Harker (Keanu Reeves) --the present-day fiancé of his deceased love--to his castle in Transylvania. Through the duration of the film, individuals fall victim to the undead Count and his lascivious minions as wolves, rivers of blood, and overall turmoil set up the ultimate battle between good and evil.

Is it any good?

Like much of Coppola's work, this blood-soaked, highly sexed film walks a fine line between the visually stunning and the bizarre or grotesque (The Godfather, One From the Heart, Apocalypse Now). Tom Waits gives a characteristically out-there performance as the insane bug-eater Renfield, and Keanu Reeves appears to have strayed little from his Bill and Ted days. Anthony Hopkins, Gary Oldman, and Winona Rider give good performances.

Bram Stoker's Dracula has been said to have saved Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope Studios, by recovering from the previous years' underperformers (Wind, The Godfather: Part III). The movie found critical acclaim with Academy Awards for Costume Design, Sound Effects Editing, and Makeup.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about issues regarding religion and the supernatural as both subjects arise throughout the film in unsettling ways. It may be useful to explore their teen's feelings here, even if it is just to make sure they are not too spooked. This may also be a good time to discuss style in horror films. Why does this film feel the same as or different from scary movies set in more commonplace contemporary settings?

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