History Film / BramStokersDracula

2nd Jan '17 4:44:31 PM ArtoriusRex
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* {{Deconstruction}}: The film deconstructs the ''Dracula'' myth by reconstructing many of the {{UnbuiltTrope}}s of the original, such as clarifying the ''vampires are not killed by sunlight'' trope. (Rather, they are depowered.) More broadly, the film expands upon the book as a portrait of Victorian London and the changing mores of sexuality, women and the advances of science that was part of the time and goes on to expand on the sexual subtext of the story, which is what underlies the Mina-Dracula romance.

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* {{Deconstruction}}: The film deconstructs the ''Dracula'' myth by reconstructing many of the {{UnbuiltTrope}}s of the original, such as clarifying the ''vampires are not killed by sunlight'' trope. (Rather, they are depowered.) More broadly, the film expands upon the book as a portrait of Victorian London and the changing mores of sexuality, women women, and the advances of science that was which were part of the time time, and goes on to expand on the sexual subtext of the story, which is what underlies the Mina-Dracula romance.



* DecoyProtagonist: The film appears as if Jonathan Harker is the main protagonist set at odds against Dracula the antagonist. Once Dracula arrives in London, it becomes clear that both he and Mina are the film's true protagonists. Dracula begins the plot, while Mina finally resolves it. It was essentially this way in the original novel too, where the majority of the second and third acts revolve around Mina.

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* DecoyProtagonist: The film appears makes it seem as if Jonathan Harker is the main protagonist set at odds against Dracula as the antagonist. Once Dracula arrives in London, it becomes clear that both he and Mina are the film's true protagonists. Dracula begins the plot, while Mina finally resolves it. It was essentially this way in the original novel too, where the majority of the second and third acts revolve around Mina.



* DespairEventHorizon: The false death of Dracula for Elisabeta, and her suicide for Dracula.

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* DespairEventHorizon: The false death of Dracula Vlad Draculea for Elisabeta, and her suicide for Dracula.him.



* FallenHero: From the Christian perspective. Dracula was once a servant of the cross, defending Europe from [[ValuesDissonance Muslim influence]].
* FauxAffablyEvil: Contemporary Dracula's very first lines are polite and inviting. The masquerade doesn't last much longer than that.

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* FallenHero: From the Christian perspective.perspective of Christianity and the times. Dracula was once a servant of the cross, defending Europe from [[ValuesDissonance Muslim influence]].
* FauxAffablyEvil: Contemporary Dracula's very first lines are polite and inviting. The masquerade doesn't last much longer than that. Spoiled somewhat in that his delivery is awkward and creepy, underpinning how unused to even the ''pretense'' of social interaction he is.



* GoryDiscretionShot: The cutaway scene to the ship that transported dracula, blood is splattered on a sail during the creature's spree.

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* GoryDiscretionShot: The In the cutaway scene to the ship that transported dracula, Dracula, blood is splattered on a sail during the creature's spree.



* HollywoodCostuming: The ladies' outfits follow the basic tenets of late-1890's fashion, but some details are just a bit off, like Lucy's unusually low neckline. Mina's decade-out-of-style bustle dress is actually an aversion as it was intended to show that Mina couldn't afford the latest fashions, since she is "only a schoolmistress".

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* HollywoodCostuming: The ladies' outfits follow the basic tenets of late-1890's fashion, but some details are just a bit off, like Lucy's unusually low neckline. However, Mina's decade-out-of-style bustle dress is actually an aversion aversion, as it was intended to show that Mina couldn't afford the latest fashions, since she is "only a schoolmistress".



* LargeHam: Gary Oldham, as usual. Watch how he orgiastically licks the bloodied knife.

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* LargeHam: Gary Oldham, Oldman, as usual. Watch how he orgiastically licks the bloodied knife.



* LoveRedeems: In the ending [[spoiler:Mina's love softens Dracula's heart and he asks her to end his torment. The final shot of the movie implies that Dracula and Elisabeta have been reunited in heaven.]]
* MalevolentArchitecture: Normal laws of physics don't quite seem to apply in Castle Dracula, most notably seen when Harker opens a perfume bottle that starts dripping upwards into the ceiling. For extra creep factor, the castle itself vaguely resembles a ghoulish figure crouched on a cracked throne, owing to its decay over the centuries.

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* LoveRedeems: In the ending [[spoiler:Mina's love softens Dracula's heart and he asks her to end his torment. The final shot of the movie implies that Dracula and Elisabeta have been reunited in heaven. The question of how Elisabeta can be both in heaven and at the same time reincarnated in Mina is never addressed.]]
* MalevolentArchitecture: Normal laws of physics don't quite seem to apply in Castle Dracula, most notably seen when Harker opens a perfume bottle that starts dripping upwards ''upward'' into the ceiling. For extra creep factor, the castle itself vaguely resembles a ghoulish figure crouched on a cracked throne, owing to its decay over the centuries.



** From his perspective, the loss of his wife is a punishment after all the stuff he did to protect Christendom from Turkey. Dracula also doesn't regret all the impalings he did when he was Vlad.

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** From his perspective, the loss of his wife is a punishment after all the stuff things he did to protect Christendom from Turkey. Dracula also doesn't regret all the impalings he did when he was Vlad.



* OneWingedAngel: Dracula does this twice: first as a werewolf-like creature, then as a humanoid bat.

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* OneWingedAngel: Dracula does this twice: twice, first as a werewolf-like creature, then as a humanoid bat.



* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Somewhat. The undead here are portrayed as much more monstrous and making growling and otherwise inhuman sounds. Dracula also never fully changes into animals when he shapeshifts, keeping a humanoid form when he goes wolf or bat. These vampires also have more supernatual powers -- they can send people flying with an invisible force and, if powerful enough, burn or melt crosses. Lastly, while it's stated that vampires are weaker during the daytime (but can go out in it if they choose), Dracula hypnotizes and nearly bites Mina during their first day together -- though it's late in the day when they headed to the cinematograph, so it may already be after dark when he tries to turn her. Although this last one is consistent with the orignal novel, in which the Count does go about during the daytime.

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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Somewhat. The undead here are portrayed as much more monstrous and making growling and otherwise inhuman sounds. Dracula also never fully changes into animals when he shapeshifts, keeping a humanoid form when he goes wolf or bat. These vampires also have more supernatual powers -- they can send people flying with an invisible force and, if powerful enough, burn or melt crosses. Lastly, while it's stated that vampires are weaker during the daytime (but can go out in it if they choose), Dracula hypnotizes and nearly bites Mina during their first day together -- though it's late in the day when they headed to the cinematograph, so it may already be after dark when he tries to turn her. Although this last one is consistent with the orignal original novel, in which the Count does go about during the daytime.



* RuleOfThree: After Lucy is initially attacked by Dracula, the progression of her vampirism is reflected in what happens when she asks each of her three suitors to kiss her. First is Jack, as he attends to her as she tells him of her increasing sensitivity and nightmares; he is able to reciprocate without being harmed. Second is Quincey, but this time it's a lure so she can have a go at his throat. Finally, when she is confronted in her tomb, she asks her fiance Arthur to come to her for a kiss; only Van Helsing driving her back with a cross prevents disaster. (Subsequently, Arthur is the one who stakes her.)

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* RuleOfThree: After Lucy is initially attacked by Dracula, the progression of her vampirism is reflected in what happens when she asks each of her three suitors to kiss her. First is Jack, as he attends to her as and she tells him of her increasing sensitivity and nightmares; he is able to reciprocate without being harmed. Second is Quincey, but this time it's a lure so she can have a go at his throat. Finally, when she is confronted in her tomb, she asks her fiance Arthur to come to her for a kiss; only Van Helsing driving her back with a cross prevents disaster. (Subsequently, Arthur is the one who stakes her.)



* StakingTheLovedOne: Twice -- Arthur stakes his fiance Lucy, and in the final scene [[spoiler: Mina finishes Dracula off]]. Mina also asks Jonathan, in the climax, "When the time comes will you do the same to me?"
* TagTeamSuicide: Played with. At the beginning of the film, set in medieval times, Dracula's noble love throws herself off a tower when she hears false news of his death in combat. When Dracula returns, the bishop tells him that she is damned to hell for her suicide. Enraged, he renounces God and becomes a vampire, technically committing suicide.

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* StakingTheLovedOne: Twice -- Arthur stakes his fiance Lucy, and in the final scene [[spoiler: Mina finishes Dracula off]]. Mina also asks Jonathan, in the climax, "When the time comes comes, will you do the same to me?"
* TagTeamSuicide: Played with. At the beginning of the film, set in medieval times, Dracula's noble love wife throws herself off a tower when she hears false news of his death in combat. When Dracula returns, the bishop tells him that she is damned to hell for her suicide. Enraged, he renounces God and becomes a vampire, technically committing suicide.



** The belief that this trope would be subverted was the whole reason for Dracula's FaithHeelTurn in the first place.
* TragicMonster: Dracula is portrayed as one in this version due to his backstory. While he away at war, his love kills herself based off a lie his enemies wrote in a letter. Since she committed suicide she can't go to heaven; he renounces his faith as a result and becomes a monster.
* TranshumanTreachery: Vlad as explored in his backstory (though in this case he turned himself into a monster). Lucy seems to actively accept becoming a vampire as she fights against Helsing's healing methods and smiles when Drac comes to complete her transformation. Mina likewise practically tries to rush into becoming a vampire so she can be with Dracula.
* TruerToTheText: The intent was to make a more faithful adaptation of the book than previous films had been (hence the InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt title). Intentions and execution are two different matters, though...

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** The belief that this trope would be subverted subverted, and that he might be reunited with his wife in Hell, was the whole reason for Dracula's FaithHeelTurn in the first place.
* TragicMonster: Dracula is portrayed as one in this version due to his backstory. While he away at war, his love wife kills herself based off in despair over a lie his enemies wrote in a letter. Since she committed suicide she can't go to heaven; he renounces his faith as a result and becomes a monster.
* TranshumanTreachery: Vlad Vlad, as explored in his backstory (though in this case he turned himself into a monster). Lucy seems to actively accept becoming a vampire as she fights against Helsing's healing methods methods, and smiles when Drac Dracula comes to complete her transformation. Mina likewise practically tries to rush into becoming a vampire so she can be with Dracula.
* TruerToTheText: The intent was to make a more faithful adaptation of the book than previous films had been (hence the InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt title). Intentions and execution are two different matters, though...



* VampiresAreSexGods: The bloodsucking is played very erotically, Dracula's brides pleasuring Jonathan like a threesome. The end of Lucy's death ends in a parallel to TheImmodestOrgasm, and vampire!Lucy tries to seduce Arthur.

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* VampiresAreSexGods: The bloodsucking is played very erotically, Dracula's brides pleasuring Jonathan like a threesome. The end of Lucy's death ends in a parallel to TheImmodestOrgasm, and vampire!Lucy tries to seduce Arthur.



* VillainyDiscretionShot: According to Dr. Van Helsing, Dracula has killed and tortured thousands of people. But of course we only get to see this through old medieval pictures, otherwise Dracula wouldn't be half as sympathetic.

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* VillainyDiscretionShot: According to Dr. Van Helsing, Dracula has killed and tortured thousands of people. But of course course, we only get to see this through old medieval pictures, otherwise Dracula wouldn't be half as sympathetic.



* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Both injected into the story and [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]], with Dracula only becoming a villain because he was enraged by a priest telling him that his suicidal love interest was in Hell. Mina even pities the count, which naturally disgusts the other characters. (This is ''before'' she learns that he's the "prince" she fell in love with while her fiance was away!)

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Both injected into the story and [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]], with Dracula only becoming a villain because he was enraged by a priest telling him that his suicidal love interest wife was in Hell. Mina even pities the count, which naturally disgusts the other characters. (This is ''before'' she learns that he's the "prince" she fell in love with while her fiance was away!)
2nd Jan '17 4:12:22 PM ArtoriusRex
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** Mina was characterized as a very strong female character in the book, so much in fact, that she was the one comforting her husband in case of CollateralAngst in the aftermath of Dracula's attack that she suffered.

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** Mina was characterized as a very strong female character in the book, so much book; in fact, that she was the one comforting her husband in a case of CollateralAngst in the aftermath of Dracula's attack that she suffered.



** Lucy was vulnerable to Dracula's attack in the first place due to her somnambulism. In this movie, according to Van Helsing, she offered herself willingly as she is described as a wantom follower and a devoted disciple.
** Van Helsing himself got some of this. While Book!Van Helsing withhold information from the heroes and committed some serious mistakes, he had good reason for it, since he wanted to be definitely sure of what he was dealing with, and had the decency to be apologetic and comfort Dracula's victims. Here, not only is he more concerned in proving his supernatural findings than with his friends' misery, he is very nonchalant about the way Lucy died in agony.
* AdaptationExpansion: Dracula's BackStory as a self-cursed vampire because his wife committed suicide is entirely absent from the original novel. From that comes Mina's resemblance to his wife, Dracula's pursuit of her because of it, and Mina falling in love with him to the point of nearly sabotaging her heroes' attempts to stop him from completely turning her.

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** Lucy was vulnerable to Dracula's attack in the first place book due to her somnambulism. In this movie, according to Van Helsing, she offered herself willingly willingly, as she is described as a wantom wanton follower and a devoted disciple.
** Van Helsing himself got some of this. While Book!Van Helsing withhold withheld information from the heroes and committed made some serious mistakes, he had good reason for it, reason, since he wanted to be definitely sure certain of what he was dealing with, and with. He also had the decency to be apologetic about it, and comfort Dracula's victims. Here, not only is he more concerned in with proving his supernatural findings correct than he is with his friends' misery, he is very nonchalant about the way Lucy died in agony.
* AdaptationExpansion: Dracula's BackStory as a self-cursed vampire because his wife committed suicide is entirely absent from the original novel. From that this BackStory comes Mina's resemblance to his wife, Dracula's pursuit of her because of it, and Mina falling in love with him to the point of nearly sabotaging her the heroes' attempts to stop him from completely turning her.



* AnimalMotifs: Dracula is associated with the usual wolves, bats, and rats. Lucy is frequently associated with reptiles: She wears an evening gown with snake embroidering and has a hairdo that resembles coiled snakes, the nightgown she wears when attacked by Dracula resembles a snake's belly, and her wedding/funeral dress was inspired by frill-necked lizards.

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* AnimalMotifs: Dracula is associated with the usual wolves, bats, and rats. Lucy is frequently associated with reptiles: She wears an evening gown with snake embroidering embroidery and has a hairdo that resembles coiled snakes, the nightgown she wears when attacked by Dracula resembles a snake's belly, and her wedding/funeral dress was inspired by frill-necked lizards.



* BackStory: The prologue detailing Prince Draculea's war in the name of God, only to renounce him upon his wife's suicide.

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* BackStory: The prologue detailing Prince Draculea's war in the name of God, only to renounce him Him upon his wife's suicide.



* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Mina admits in her diary that she wishes she "were as pretty and adored as Lucy." Dracula certainly sees her as beautiful and someone to adore...Later, after she returns from Transylvania with her new husband, she secretly wonders if/hopes that she'll see her "prince" again. She does, but the consequences aren't pretty.
* BedlamHouse: Dr. Seward's asylum is depicted as one of these.

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Mina admits in her diary that she wishes she "were as pretty and adored as Lucy." Dracula certainly sees her as beautiful and someone to adore... Later, after she returns from Transylvania with her new husband, she secretly wonders if/hopes that she'll see her "prince" again. She does, but the consequences aren't pretty.
* BedlamHouse: In an inversion from the book, Dr. Seward's asylum is depicted as one of these.



* BreakingAndBloodsucking: At first Dracula lures Lucy out of the mansion and into the over-large gardens of the estate for sex and blood. From then on, Lucy eagerly awaits him, writhing and moaning in her bed as he approaches. The final night he crashes through the window as a wolf, rips open her throat and laps up her blood, and she dies with cries of agonized pleasure.

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* BreakingAndBloodsucking: At first first, Dracula lures Lucy out of the mansion and into the over-large gardens of the estate for sex and blood. From then on, Lucy eagerly awaits him, writhing and moaning in her bed as he approaches. The final night night, he crashes through the window as a wolf, rips open her throat and laps up her blood, and she dies with cries of agonized pleasure.



* CaptainsLog: Most of the main characters provide voice over narration in the form of journal entries or letters read out loud. In one case, it's played literally with a log written by the captain of the 'Demeter'. As the book is an epistolary novel, this is actually more accurate to the source material rather than just a clumsy job of incorporating elements that were hard to adapt.

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* CaptainsLog: Most of the main characters provide voice over voiceover narration in the form of journal entries or letters read out loud. In one case, it's played literally with a log written by the captain of the 'Demeter'. As the book is an epistolary novel, this is actually more accurate to the source material rather than just a clumsy job of incorporating elements that were hard to adapt.



** A lot of Oldman's performance as the older Dracula can be this, although it actually works to his advantage -- he manages to be really damn creepy.

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** A lot of Oldman's performance as the older Dracula can be this, although it actually works to his advantage -- he manages to be really damn creepy.creepy, and it (largely successfully) helps to portray the Count as someone who is unaccustomed to being around or dealing with people in any meaningful capacity.



* {{Cuckold}}: Jonathan Harker is an especially miserable example. While Mina never has ''sex'' with Dracula, their blood ritual late in the film obviously carries the same meaning. While Jonathan is trapped in the castle his fiance, who is the reason he went to Transylvania in the first place, is gallivanting around with his captor. After Jonathan manages to escape Mina only regrets that her affair must come to an end. By the end of the movie his wife is openly pining for the monster who imprisoned her fiance and raped and murdered her best friend. All he can do is tell her that when she eventually becomes a full vampire he won't kill her and by the end of the movie there is no indication that their relationship will heal.

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* {{Cuckold}}: Jonathan Harker is an especially miserable example. While Mina never has ''sex'' with Dracula, their blood ritual late in the film obviously carries the same meaning. meaning, and she is at any rate far more emotionally intimate with the Count than she ever seems to be with Jonathan. While Jonathan is trapped in the castle Dracula's castle, his fiance, who is the reason he went to Transylvania in the first place, is gallivanting around with his captor. While, in fairness, she has no way of knowing at the time that this man is her husband's captor, it's still pretty bad, and it certainly must sting for Jonathan. After Jonathan manages to escape escape, Mina only regrets real regret seems to be that her affair must come to an end. By the end of the movie his wife movie, Mina is openly pining for the monster who imprisoned her fiance and raped and murdered her best friend. friend, and who has undoubtedly committed even more such atrocities over the centuries. All he Jonathan can do is tell her that when she eventually becomes a full vampire vampire, he won't kill her and by her. By the end of the movie there is no indication that how their relationship will heal.turn out.



* DaywalkingVampire: See Our Vampires Are Different.
* DeathByAdaptation: The gypsies. In the book, most (if not all) survive the fight with Jonathan, Arthur, Seward and Quincey, fleeing when Dracula is killed. Here, half are killed in a chase to Dracula's castle and the rest cut down in a fight in the courtyard.
* {{Deconstruction}}: The film deconstructs the ''Dracula'' myth by reconstructing many of the UnbuiltTrope of the original, such as clarifying the ''vampires are not killed by sunlight'' trope. (Rather, they are depowered.) More broadly, the film expands upon the book as a portrait of Victorian London and the changing mores of sexuality, women and the advances of science that was part of the time and goes on to expand on the sexual subtext of the story, which is what underlies the Mina-Dracula romance.

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* DaywalkingVampire: See Our Vampires Are Different.
Different. Played with in that this is faithful to the book, as vampires were not thought, at the time the original novel was written, to be unable to come out in sunlight. However, it runs counter to the more familiar vampire lore and expectations of the present.
* DeathByAdaptation: The gypsies. In the book, most (if not all) survive the fight with Jonathan, Arthur, Seward Seward, and Quincey, fleeing when Dracula is killed. Here, half are killed in a chase to Dracula's castle and the rest cut down in a fight in the courtyard.
* {{Deconstruction}}: The film deconstructs the ''Dracula'' myth by reconstructing many of the UnbuiltTrope {{UnbuiltTrope}}s of the original, such as clarifying the ''vampires are not killed by sunlight'' trope. (Rather, they are depowered.) More broadly, the film expands upon the book as a portrait of Victorian London and the changing mores of sexuality, women and the advances of science that was part of the time and goes on to expand on the sexual subtext of the story, which is what underlies the Mina-Dracula romance.
2nd Jan '17 3:46:03 PM ArtoriusRex
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The film opens with the fall of Constantinople in 1462 [sic; [[ArtisticLicenseHistory the city actually fell in 1453]]]. Prince Vlad III Draculea successfully defends Christian civilization from the Eastern threat, but a false message from the Turks leads to the death of his love, Elisabeta. As her death was a suicide, the priests declare her damned to hell. Enraged, Vlad [[FaithHeelTurn renounces God]] and vows to drink the blood of men.

Flash forward to [[VictorianLondon England, 1897]]. A clerk named Renfield (Music/TomWaits) is gibbering in his [[BedlamHouse cell]] while his replacement, Jonathan Harker (Creator/KeanuReeves), travels to Transylvania to complete a sale to a certain Count Dracula...who is ''extremely'' intrigued when he sees a picture of Harker's bride-to-be, Mina Murray, as she looks ''remarkably'' like a certain lost love...

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The film opens with the fall of Constantinople in 1462 [sic; (in this, the movie is incorrect; [[ArtisticLicenseHistory the city actually fell in 1453]]]. 1453]]). Prince Vlad III Draculea successfully defends Christian civilization from the Eastern threat, but the Turks take revenge by sending a false message of his death to his wife, Elisabeta, whom he loves dearly. In her despair, she throws herself from the Turks leads castles walls to the death of his love, Elisabeta. As her death. Vlad's priests declare that, as her death was a suicide, the priests declare her she is now damned to hell. Enraged, Vlad [[FaithHeelTurn renounces God]] and vows to drink the blood of men.

Flash forward to [[VictorianLondon England, 1897]]. A clerk named Renfield (Music/TomWaits) is gibbering in his [[BedlamHouse asylum cell]] while his replacement, Jonathan Harker (Creator/KeanuReeves), travels to Transylvania to complete a the sale of various properties around London to a certain Count Dracula...Dracula who is ''extremely'' intrigued when he sees a picture of Harker's bride-to-be, Mina Murray, as she looks ''remarkably'' like a certain lost love...
16th Dec '16 9:50:09 AM JamesAustin
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* EliteMooks: The Gypsies, as claimed by Jonathan Harker.
-->'''Jonathan Harker:''' The Count's gypsies, fearless warriors who are loyal to the death to whatever nobleman they serve...
23rd Nov '16 4:50:59 PM Peridonyx
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* AllForNothing: Dracula's FaithHeelTurn and subsequent vampirism stem from bitterness over not only losing Elisabeta (to suicide), but also seemingly being denied the chance to be TogetherInDeath with her (as his beliefs state that suicide is too mortal of a sin). But as the ending shows, [[spoiler:she ends up in Heaven after all (disproving that whole SuicideIsShameful business with her), and he's apparently pulled enough of a RedemptionEqualsDeath to be allowed to rejoin her, meaning that all of his evil actions have been pointless all along.]]

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* AllForNothing: Dracula's FaithHeelTurn and subsequent consequent vampirism stem from bitterness due to his sheer despair and rage over not only losing Elisabeta (to suicide), but also seemingly being denied the chance (seemingly) unable to be TogetherInDeath with her (as his beliefs state religious branch unfortunately declares that suicide is too mortal of a sin). SuicideIsShameful). But as the ending shows, [[spoiler:she ends ended up in Heaven after all (disproving that whole SuicideIsShameful business with her), (thus disproving said declaration), and he's apparently pulled invoked enough of a RedemptionEqualsDeath to be allowed to rejoin her, meaning her. Meaning that all of his evil actions have been pointless all along.completely pointless.]]



* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: The priest who says Dracula's wife's damned.

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: The downright-LawfulStupid priest who abruptly says that Dracula's wife's suicidal wife is damned.
8th Oct '16 12:23:24 AM eroock
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* GoryDiscretionShot: The cutaway scene to the ship that transported dracula, blood is splattered on a sail during the creature's spree.
19th Sep '16 5:38:48 PM TheNerevarine
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* AdaptationalHeroism: Dracula gets this treatment in the film. He becomes a vampire for renouncing God after his bride kills herself (and the Priest declares that her soul would be eternally damned as a result) and then falls in love with Mina because she is her reincarnation. This backstory comes from the fact that Dracula is an {{Expy}} of UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler who did oppose the Turks and wage a "Holy War" on behalf of God and protected Europe from Muslim influence. So from his perspective he was punished for doing God's work when his wife died.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: Dracula gets this treatment in the film. He becomes a vampire for renouncing God after his bride kills herself (and the Priest declares that her soul would be eternally damned as a result) and then falls in love with Mina because she is her reincarnation. This backstory comes from the fact that Dracula is an {{Expy}} of UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler who did oppose the Turks and wage a "Holy War" on behalf of God and protected Europe from Muslim influence. So from his perspective he was punished for doing God's work when his wife died. In addition, Dracula's plot in the original novel of taking over England is omitted.


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* AdaptationalWimp:
** Mina was characterized as a very strong female character in the book, so much in fact, that she was the one comforting her husband in case of CollateralAngst in the aftermath of Dracula's attack that she suffered.
** Renfield went down fighting Dracula in the book and came close to killing him (in his mist form no less) ''[[BadassNormal with his bare hands]]''.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Really downplayed examples, but still:
** Lucy was vulnerable to Dracula's attack in the first place due to her somnambulism. In this movie, according to Van Helsing, she offered herself willingly as she is described as a wantom follower and a devoted disciple.
** Van Helsing himself got some of this. While Book!Van Helsing withhold information from the heroes and committed some serious mistakes, he had good reason for it, since he wanted to be definitely sure of what he was dealing with, and had the decency to be apologetic and comfort Dracula's victims. Here, not only is he more concerned in proving his supernatural findings than with his friends' misery, he is very nonchalant about the way Lucy died in agony.
4th Sep '16 6:06:48 PM fearlessnikki
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* AdaptationalHeroism: Dracula gets this treatment in the film. He becomes a vampire for renouncing God after his bride kills herself (and the Priest declares that her soul would be eternally damned as a result) and then falls in love with Mina because she is her reincarnation.
** This backstory comes from the fact that Dracula is an {{Expy}} of UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler who did oppose the Turks and wage a "Holy War" on behalf of God and protected Europe from Muslim influence. So from his perspective he was punished for doing God's work when his wife died.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: Dracula gets this treatment in the film. He becomes a vampire for renouncing God after his bride kills herself (and the Priest declares that her soul would be eternally damned as a result) and then falls in love with Mina because she is her reincarnation. \n** This backstory comes from the fact that Dracula is an {{Expy}} of UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler who did oppose the Turks and wage a "Holy War" on behalf of God and protected Europe from Muslim influence. So from his perspective he was punished for doing God's work when his wife died.



* BackStory: The prologue.
* BadassBoast / ExpositionOfImmortality

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* BackStory: The prologue.
prologue detailing Prince Draculea's war in the name of God, only to renounce him upon his wife's suicide.
* BadassBoast / ExpositionOfImmortalityBadassBoast:



* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The Transylvanian scenes in the early part of the film are tinted a hellish red.

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* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: ColorCodedForYourConvenience:
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The Transylvanian scenes in the early part of the film are tinted a hellish red.



* DecoyProtagonist: The films appears as if Jonathan Harker is the main protagonist set at odds against Dracula the antagonist. Once Dracula arrives in London, it becomes clear that both he and Mina are the film's true protagonists. Dracula begins the plot, while Mina finally resolves it.

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* DecoyProtagonist: The films film appears as if Jonathan Harker is the main protagonist set at odds against Dracula the antagonist. Once Dracula arrives in London, it becomes clear that both he and Mina are the film's true protagonists. Dracula begins the plot, while Mina finally resolves it. It was essentially this way in the original novel too, where the majority of the second and third acts revolve around Mina.



* InNameOnly: It was promoted as '' 'The Most Accurate Retelling of the original Dracula ever done' ''...but departed so drastically from the original novel that it needed its ''own'' {{Novelization}}! Especially making the Mina-Dracula romance that was at best subtext in the original and certainly not part of the plot into the central narrative.
** The film may not be faithful to the original story but it is faithful to the style of the book, in presenting the different epistolary viewpoints on screen and bringing a Dracula closer to the Stoker original than many prior adaptations, most of which were [[LostInImitation closer to the Lugosi movie and the play that it was based on]].
** A fan-edited version exists, which cuts out the love story completely. Without the love story, it genuinely is the most faithful adaptation of Stoker's original novel.

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* InNameOnly: It was promoted as '' 'The Most Accurate Retelling of Played with. If you take the original love story between Dracula ever done' ''...but departed so drastically from and Mina out, the original novel that it needed its ''own'' {{Novelization}}! Especially making the Mina-Dracula romance that was at best subtext in the original and certainly not part of the plot into the central narrative.
** The
film may not be is actually incredibly faithful to the original story but it is faithful to novel - minus the style of HotterAndSexier tone, the book, change in presenting the different epistolary viewpoints on screen Lucy's personality and bringing a Dracula closer to the Stoker original than many prior adaptations, most of which were [[LostInImitation closer to the Lugosi movie and the play that it was based on]].
** A fan-edited version exists, which cuts out the love story completely. Without the love story, it genuinely is the most faithful adaptation of Stoker's original novel.
few other minor details.



* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Somewhat. The undead here are portrayed as much more monstrous and making growling and otherwise inhuman sounds. Dracula also never fully changes into animals when he shapeshifts, keeping a humanoid form when he goes wolf or bat. These vampires also have more supernatual powers -- they can send people flying with an invisible force and, if powerful enough, burn or melt crosses. Lastly, while it's stated that vampires are weaker during the daytime (but can go out in it if they choose), Dracula hypnotizes and nearly bites Mina during their first day together -- though it's late in the day when they headed to the cinematograph, so it may already be after dark when he tries to turn her.
** Although this last one is consistent with the orignal novel, in which the Count does go about during the daytime.

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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Somewhat. The undead here are portrayed as much more monstrous and making growling and otherwise inhuman sounds. Dracula also never fully changes into animals when he shapeshifts, keeping a humanoid form when he goes wolf or bat. These vampires also have more supernatual powers -- they can send people flying with an invisible force and, if powerful enough, burn or melt crosses. Lastly, while it's stated that vampires are weaker during the daytime (but can go out in it if they choose), Dracula hypnotizes and nearly bites Mina during their first day together -- though it's late in the day when they headed to the cinematograph, so it may already be after dark when he tries to turn her.
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her. Although this last one is consistent with the orignal novel, in which the Count does go about during the daytime.



* PromotedToLoveInterest: Famously there is a love story between Dracula and Mina, where she is now the reincarnation of his dead wife.



* TogetherInDeath: Implied in the final shot. [[spoiler: Dracula dying at Mina's hand allows him and Elisabeta to be reunited in Heaven at last, as seen in the fresco of his castle.]]

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* TogetherInDeath: TogetherInDeath:
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Implied in the final shot. [[spoiler: Dracula dying at Mina's hand allows him and Elisabeta to be reunited in Heaven at last, as seen in the fresco of his castle.]]



* VampiresAreSexGods

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* VampiresAreSexGodsVampiresAreSexGods: The bloodsucking is played very erotically, Dracula's brides pleasuring Jonathan like a threesome. The end of Lucy's death ends in a parallel to TheImmodestOrgasm, and vampire!Lucy tries to seduce Arthur.
9th Feb '16 8:33:29 AM k410ren
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* DeathByAdaptation: The gypsies. In the book, most (if not all) survive the fight with Jonathan, Arthur, Seward and Quincey, fleeing when Dracula is killed. Here, half are killed in a chase to Dracula's castle and the rest cut down in a fight in the courtyard.
21st Jan '16 10:30:00 AM CASCHero
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* WallCrawl: Dracula does this in the iconic scene of Harker spotting him crawling up a castle wall. One of Dracula's brides also does this when the Count stops them from feeding on Harker and flings one of them to a wall.

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* WallCrawl: Dracula does this in the iconic scene of Harker spotting him crawling up a castle wall. One of Dracula's brides also does this when the Count stops them from feeding on Harker and flings one of them her to a wall.
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