4. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Of course, it’s Halloween so we can’t sweep aside the lovely vampires. This Coppola movie is based on the classic novel of the same name, written by Bram Stoker. It tells the story of a London young lawyer, Jonathan Harker, who finds himself on his way to Transylvania to meet Count Dracula and help him purchase the Carfax Abbey.

Here he becomes a prisoner of the legendary vampire, while the latter becomes intrigued by Jonathan’s innocent fiancée and starts chasing her. The movie stars a lot of renowned actors, in the main roles being Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, and Keanu Reeves.

What I really like here though is the contrast between the surrealistic images and symbols and the palpable theatrical decors, emphasized by a very stage-specific performance of the actors. There are so many reasons for which you have to see this movie: firstly, Gary Oldman, secondly, it’s a very different approach from what you’re used to, thirdly, did I mention Gary Oldman?

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