Welcome to 90 from the ‘90s; the movie-related post in which I watch, discuss and debate a film from the 1990s – a film that I’ve NEVER SEEN. Posting on a semi-regular basis, I aim to work my way through 90 movies that I’ve previously missed/avoided, recording my thoughts along the way.
I’m going to watch good films, bad films, forgotten classics, Oscar winners and everything in between. Some of these films you’ll be surprised I’ve never seen, others you’ll completely understand why I’ve avoided them for 20+ years.
The rules are as follows:
- The film must be from the 1990s (1990-1999)
- The film must be a movie I’ve not watched before
Today’s unseen ‘90s movie is…
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
And so I reach Bram Stoker’s Dracula, a movie I’ve had on my watch list for 26 years – yep, ever since it came out.
I didn’t watch this movie back in 1992 because I was a little too young and I’ve not watched it in the 26 years that followed because I’ve heard mixed things – although I’ve always wanted to watch it. Today is the day when I find out if Bram Stoker’s Dracula is worth two hours of my time.
*Clicks the play button*
1min – A little bit of backstory to begin.
2mins – Visually, this sequence is superb, but I’m not quite convinced by the voice over. Is that Sir Anthony Hopkins doing an accent? What country is he supposed to be from? TransylWales?
4mins – Why does Sir Anthony Hopkins look like Hagrid in this opening scene?
5mins – Gary Oldman is making some kind of blood pact. It’s all very Gothic. I like it!
6mins 30secs – The story has just jumped forward four hundred years, to a time when Keanu Reeves is attempting a British accent. It’s painful.
7mins 30secs – Sweet jeez, Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder are confessing their love to each other. They also seem to be competing to win the award for ‘Worst Accent in This Movie’. I think I know who is going to win.
11mins – Putting all these AWFUL accents aside, this film is mesmerising to look at.
12mins 40secs – Gary Oldman is back and he looks like hell. Those four hundred years have not been kind to him.
16mins 20secs – Gary Oldman has hairy palms. This is what happens when you spend 400 years living alone in a castle. Surprisingly, his eyesight is fine.
22mins – Richard E. Grant and Cary Elwes are in this movie! I had no idea.
26mins 40secs – Gary Oldman is brilliant in this movie. Keanu Reeves is not.
30mins – Keanu Reeves is being kept prisoner by Gary Oldman. The charge? Crimes against acting, I think.
33mins – Sex scene alert! Keanu Reeves is copping off with a couple of vampires. I think one has bitten him in a place that no man should be bitten. *Winces*
34mins – Oh… he seems to like it. Whatever floats your boat, Keanu.
40mins – OK, so everything has gone a bit weird. The music has got very dramatic, Winona Ryder is running around a garden and the crew members working the wind machine are having a field day. I don’t think this movie can get any more bonkers…
42mins – Sadie Frost is shagging Gary Oldman, who is dressed as a werewolf. Yep, this film just upped the weird factor.
51mins – Not content with doing the horizontal tango with Sadie Frost, Gary Oldman is now trying it on with Winona Ryder. Only he seems to be suffering from performance anxiety.
52mins – Gary Oldman is now letting Winona Ryder stroke his wolf. That’s not a euphemism – it’s a real wolf. That said, if he asks her to go back to the castle to stroke his bullocks she should probably decline.
56mins – Sir Anthony Hopkins is back and he appears to be playing the role of Van Helsing. Hang on a minute, how many parts does he have in this movie? So far he’s played a priest, a narrator and now Van Helsing! Nice work if you can get it.
1hr 10mins – Sir Anthony Hopkins seems to be trying it on with Winona Ryder. Bloody hell, is everyone trying to get a bit of Ryder?
1hr 15mins – The wind machine has been cranked up to 11. This thing’s getting more work than Sir Anthony Hopkins.
1hr 30mins – Insert comment about Keanu Reeves’s accent.
1hr 37mins – Gary Oldman and Winona Ryder are about to get it on again.
1hr 45mins – So, Winona Ryder is partway to becoming a vampire, leading Van Helsing to set out on a mission to kill Gary Oldman, in order to free her from the curse of vampirism. #Noble #HeWantsHer #NeverGonnaHappen
1hr 50mins – Winona Ryder is getting hungry and irritable. Quick, someone get her a Snickers!
1hr 58mins – Insert comment about Keanu Reeves’s accent.
2hrs – Gary Oldman is dead. Blimey, that was pretty easy. Oh and the film has ended.
2hrs 2mins – Annie Lennox – Love Song for a Vampire is being played over the end credits. I feel this should have been shoehorned into the movie somewhere.
What a bizarre, yet intriguing movie.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula looks gorgeous and is very atmospheric, yet it’s also mad as a box of frogs. One moment it’s a dark, very intense movie designed to unnerve, while the next moment it’s camp as Christmas and all very hammy.
Keanu Reeves is out of his depth and I’m not quite sure what film Sir Anthony Hopkins thinks he’s in, but putting all that to one side, it’s actually not bad. So yeah, after 26 years I can say that it’s alright.
Would I watch it again? Not in a hurry, but I would return to it purely because of the amazing visuals. Oh and Gary Oldman.
47 down; 43 to go.
Read: Part 48
For past entries in the 90 from the ’90s series, check out: Patch Adams (1998), My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), You’ve Got Mail (1998), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Graveyard Shift (1990), Johnny Mnemonic (1995), Striptease (1996), Indecent Proposal (1993), My Girl 2 (1994), The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), Poison Ivy (1996), Body of Evidence (1993), Turbulence (1997), Fatal Instinct (1993), True Romance (1993), Newsies (1992), Contact (1997), The Pelican Brief (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994), Shakespeare in Love (1998), A Perfect Murder (1998), Quigley Down Under (1990), Of Mice and Men (1992), Friday (1995), Mannequin on the Move (1991), She’s All That (1999), Double Dragon (1994), Stay Tuned (1992), Murder at 1600 (1997), Weekend at Bernie’s II (1993), My Own Private Idaho (1991), Wagons East (1994), In the Line of Fire (1993), Postcards from the Edge (1990), Universal Soldier (1992), Passenger 57 (1992), Mo’ Better Blues (1990), The Client (1994), Good Will Hunting (1997), Pump Up the Volume (1990), Mr. Nanny (1993), Fargo (1996), Hudson Hawk (1991), So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993) and Timecop (1994).