Horror Movie Matters: #14: Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992 Dir. Francis Ford Coppola

#14: Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992 Dir. Francis Ford Coppola

An argument could be made that Bram Stoker's Dracula is not a proper horror film. And while it does fall in line with the gothic romance or Victorian potboiler, it also features scenes of monsters and supernatural violence. This is also the last film that I can remember that used the medium of horror/erotica well. There's no question that above all other monsters, the vampire lends itself best to the sexy side of horror. However, The mix of horror and eroticism has become uneven over the past several decades. Most new versions of the monster, refuse to show the "less sexy" side of the vampire curse. We no longer see our vampires as undead abominations who sleep in caskets filled with earth. They simply skulk around high schools or join in endless, catty sexcapades. Bram Stoker's Dracula creates a balance between the two that has been un-paralleled in either film or television. The romance is there in the opening sequence, Dracula's love and loss of his wife, then...we turn to horror. After renouncing the church, the once proud warrior becomes a creature of the night. The film is filled with the a perfect mix in each and every scene. Lucy's cries of pain sound similar to that of orgasm. After Dracula's vampire brides sexually advance on Harker, they feast on an infant. All of these scenes serve to underscore the uncomfortable mix of sex and violence creating a sense of wonder and fear that seems to be missing in all of the modern vampire tales. If you like your horror with a dose of romance or vice versa, you can't do better that Bram Stoker's Dracula.