* AdaptationDisplacement: To this day, there are negative reviews in pages like Amazon criticizing the book for not having any of the romance this movie had.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Lucy isn't slutty, she's just flirtatious. Before she's attacked by Dracula she doesn't seem to have slept with any of her suitors, it's only after his attack that she begin to act overtly sexual towards them. This is supported by how Mina acts after being bitten by Dracula, trying to seduce Van Helsing.
* AwesomeMusic: Wojchech Kilar's score is excellent.
* BrokenBase:
** Mina and Dracula being LoveInterests is divisive, especially when compared to the Mina/Jonathan pairing, as some like it while others don't, and ohers think it would be better if it were handled better while others think it was handled just fine.
** Creator/WinonaRyder's performance as Mina is still hotly debated to this day. There are some who feel she was horribly miscast, and compare her unfavorably to Creator/KeanuReeves. Others feel she did a good job. A third camp suggests that the problem comes from Mina becoming hard to sympathise with at certain points. There's also the matter of her accent; some feel it's terrible, while others find it decent enough.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** In the scene in which [[spoiler: Dracula is approaching London, with a storm marking his arrival]], Lucy and Mina run around outside and even kiss... and then forget about it happening right away.
** Van Helsing laughing like a lunatic while humping Quincey Morris's leg.
** Van Helsing's random demonstration of OffscreenTeleportation, which he shows to Dr. Steward and co. to convince them that supernatural things exist. He's talking about hypnotism at the time, but no hypnotist is capable of such a feat. Basically, the man is a wizard, but everybody forgets it for the rest of the film.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The whole soundtrack.
* DesignatedHero:
** Mina, unlike her book counterpart, makes a number of bad decisions that hurt those around her all for a man she's just met and is cheating on Jonathan to be with.
** Van Helsing, also unlike his book counterpart, is also kind of a dick, more excited with being proved correct about the supernatural than the suffering and misery of his friends.
* DesignatedVillain: The vampire hunters receive this treatment towards the end, if Van Helsing's comment about them becoming "God's madmen" is any indication. It may mean that their quest had led to [[spoiler:Quincey's death]], but it also may comes across as a HeelRealization as if they became [[KnightTemplar fanatics trying to stay between true love]]... Except the monster they were trying to destroy wasn't necessarily innocent himself and they wanted to spare an innocent woman from suffering the same fate as her best friend suffered, whom the three men were in love to.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Any scene involving Music/TomWaits as Renfield or Creator/AnthonyHopkins as Van Helsing.
** Likewise, the brides are pretty well liked.
* EvilIsCool: Dracula, specifically in his backstory and later in his youthful form.
* EvilIsSexy: For the ladies, you've got Dracula. For the guys, you've got the vampire brides.
* FashionVictimVillain: Dracula at the beginning of the movie. While the red robe is fine, the hairdo just looks silly.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** One of the brides that seduces Creator/KeanuReeves is Creator/MonicaBellucci. Years later in ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'', she would once again have to seduce him as the villain's FemmeFatale.
** Additionally in ''Film/VanHelsing'', Dracula's chief bride is played once again by an Italian. The actress in question - Silvia Colloca - has frequently been compared to Monica Bellucci too.
* JerkassWoobie: Dracula may be AxCrazy and cruel, but it clearly stems from his FaithHeelTurn-related DespairEventHorizon and ThenLetMeBeEvil -- and even then, he still hasn't completely lost his humanity.
* {{Narm}}:
** A veritable buffet of it. Whether it's Creator/KeanuReeves' terrible attempt at a British accent, the combined LargeHam of Oldman, Hopkins, Elwes, Frost, and Waits, or Dracula crying tears of... watercolor paint, this movie is a glorious helping of goofiness.
** Old!Dracula's butt hairdo, ruthlessly parodied by Mel Brooks in ''Film/DraculaDeadAndLovingIt'' and by ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E5TreehouseOfHorrorIV Treehouse of Horror IV]]", is the flagship of the narm in this movie. Summed to his fabulous red robe and rubber-like white face, it turns the character's introduction scene into a potential source of hysterical laughter regardless of the viewer's intention.
* NarmCharm: The film is quite stunning to look at and is most definitely entertaining for some in spite or because of the goofiness.
* NightmareFuel:
** That horrible noise near the end of the trailer. Listening to it for a full minute is enough to drive you insane with fear...
** The VillainOpeningScene. As soon as the priest invokes LawfulStupid NoSympathy over Elisabeta's suicide, Dracula invokes textbook MoodWhiplash from a grieving husband to practically a rampaging EldritchAbomination -- complete with ScareChord background music, and blood oozing from the '''''entire room'''''.
* OneSceneWonder: Dracula's man-bat form.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Creator/MonicaBellucci as one of the brides.
* RomanticPlotTumor: One of the biggest. How much you like the film depends in part on how you feel about the romance (and how [[StupidSexyFlanders annoyingly sexy]] you find [[EvenTheGuysWantHim Gary Oldman]]). Extra {{squick}}y because the original attacks from the vampire were clearly meant to invoke ''rape''. A fan-edited version cuts out the love story, which shortens the film by an entire hour.
* TheScrappy: Mina comes across as pretty unsympathetic, especially because Jonathan is such a loving and devoted husband while she openly longs to be with Dracula. It's not helped by the movie never making it clear whether Mina is doing this of her own free will, Dracula is seducing her, or Elisabeta's spirit is overpowering her.
* SpecialEffectFailure:
** When playing the ancient version of Dracula Gary Oldman is wearing very obvious [[http://i.imgur.com/gtgmoO0.jpg extensions]] on the tips of his fingers that look more like nipples than fingers. It's not quite the paper tubes Max Shreck wore in ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}'' but it's the same idea.
** It was also pretty obvious that his shadow was moving out of sync long before it started moving independently.
* {{Squick}}:
** Dracula licking the blood off Harker's razor, as it would have been mixed with the shaving soap.
** The first time that Dracula attacks Lucy, it looks like he is having really violent sex with her bordering on rape... in his werewolf form.
* TearJerker: Dracula's story, from the intro to the ending. Props to Creator/GaryOldman for invoking a legit WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: While adding a love story is divisive enough, many were annoyed with the changes to Lucy's character. In the book, she's TheIngenue who loves all three suitors. The film turns her into a flirt, who makes all sorts of innuendos in public at her three suitors and tries to seduce them after Dracula attacks her.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The special effects are all very impressive, and although CGI had begun to come into its own by 1992, this movie's effects are all real. Taken UpToEleven by the fact that the effects were all done with technology that existed at the dawn of film. Not only is there no CG, there isn't even optical compositing (the primary method of combining multiple elements into one scene before digital compositing was possible). Practical effects and camera trickery were all they used and it looks ''awesome''.
* WTHCastingAgency: Creator/FrancisFordCoppola himself expressed CreatorBacklash at casting Creator/KeanuReeves as a Victorian Londoner. Reeves was riding high from ''Franchise/BillAndTed'' and was chosen as a bankable heartthrob to draw in female viewers.
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