When Dracula (Gary Oldman) leaves the captive Jonathan Harker (Keanu Reeves) and Transylvania for London in search of Mina Harker (Winona Ryder) -- the spitting image of Dracula's long-dead wife, Elisabeta (also Winona Ryder) -- obsessed vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing (Anthony Hopkins) sets out to end the madness. Francis Ford Coppola's resurrection of Bram Stoker's novel won three Academy Awards for its eye-popping makeup and production design.

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

Dracula the novel certainly wasn't for everybody, and the same is true for Francis Ford Coppola's film, but not for the same reasons. It's a rock opera without the rock or the opera, a Baz Luhrmann film without the cartooniness. The modern pop sensibility suits the Gothic Euronovel well, if that's your sort of thing, like exquisite baclava served with a root beer float. And it features a gorgeous score by Wojciech Kilar.

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