Parents' Guide to

Bram Stoker's Dracula

By Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Bloody, sexy, scary Dracula for mature teens only!

Movie R 1992 127 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 17+

The best adaptation I’ve seen so far

There is beastiality, and the love of Dracula is not accurate from the books perspective yet adds flavor. The beastiality is brief and unnecessary, and degraded the movie. Otherwise very accurate and very good. The mood gives a sense of disorientation which the book presents so well. This is the only vampire movie worth watching in my opinion. (I’ve watched more than my fair share)
age 15+

A visual delight, but not for kids

It's Dracula, so there's plenty of blood and disturbing horror content. There's also HEAPS of graphic, no-holds barred sex/nudity, including attempted oral sex with Keanu Reeves and split-second bestiality. The scenes of eating bugs will also put off entomophobes. It truly pays homage to the Gothic terror and mystery that we have come to associate with Dracula. A good movie with brilliant set/costume design, and a fascinating telling of the iconic story. However, NOT for kids!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13):
Kids say (17):

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.

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