Let's be honest: Dracula, the book, is one of the worst English novels ever written. Gary and Copolla, as well as a great cast , including Anthony Hopkins, (except for Keanu Reeves) made a creative fresh film that used the material in a majestic way. Before that it was a spate of typical Dracula movies, of which Blackula was one. Christopher Lee had incredible magnetism and theatrics, but not the versatility and skill of Oldman. Even with the beauty and scope of the Coppola picture, the incredible Asian-inspired costumes, the music, and talent, the movie is still bound up in the Dracula story, which is hardly a gripping story if you just use the novel.
To be honest: Max Schreck in Nosferatu (1920's) is the finest vampire that will ever be. Just my opinion. You don't know real gripping creepy fear until you've seen him on a large movie screen. Oh...my Lord.
· 6 months ago