Bram Stoker's Dracula

 
Bloody, sexy, scary Dracula for mature teens only!
  • Review Date: August 30, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 1992
  • Running Time: 127 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
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
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

What's the story?

Blood soaked and highly sexed, 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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Like much of Coppola's work, this 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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 13, 1992
DVD release date:September 30, 1997
Cast:Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder
Director:Francis Ford Coppola
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Genre:Horror
Run time:127 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:sexuality and horror violence

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Teen, 13 years old Written byangeloo0 January 12, 2011
age 9+
 

The best movie ever!

I only saw this movie when I was about 9-10. I thought there were a few scary parts though when i first saw it. now, though I really love this movie! This movie really shows Dracula not as the hiding old dude like in other movies.
Teen, 14 years old Written byantoineisthebest May 21, 2011
age 11+
 

I love it

The only problem with this movie is there is a scene where see pornogrhaphy in 101 arabian night and we also see girl Breast at least 10 Time in the movie
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 17 years old Written byerica921 June 4, 2013
age 18+
 

Don't let any kids see this!!!!!!!!

This may have lots terror for your kids to see and its way out of intense for ur kids
What other families should know
Too much violence

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