Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula was a sensation when it was first released in the fall of 1992, reinventing Stoker's Wallachian blood-guzzler as a sympathetic antihero in league with the darker forces of nature after the suicide of his beloved bride. It boasted a stellar cast of Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins, Winona Ryder, Richard E. Grant, Tom Waits, Cary Elwes ... oh yeah, and Keanu Reeves with a horrid British accent.
But it was the lush visuals, luxurious costumes and production design, inventive in-camera special effects and haunting musical score by Wojciech Kilar that combined to make this a modern horror classic, even if Reeves awkwardly spouts off about bloody wolves chasing him through some blue inferno.
Sony's Supreme Cinema Series is about to release a new deluxe Blu-ray edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula on Oct. 6, and the celebrated director of the Godfather Saga sits down to talk about his supernatural opus and its links to history and mythology in these two featurette clips.
Have a listen to Coppola's tales of the production, his pilgrimage to Vlad the Impaler's grave and the film's alignment with the Lucifer myth, and then put this atmospheric vampire saga on the top of your Halloween season movie-watching list. Enter freely of your own will ...
(Via Bloody Disgusting)