YMMV / Bram Stoker's Dracula

  • Adaptation Displacement: To this day, there are negative reviews in pages like Amazon criticizing the book for not having any of the romance this movie had.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: 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.
  • Awesome Music: Wojchech Kilar's score is excellent.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Jonathan Harker, depending on whether Keanu Reeves was good at playing the character or not.
    • Mina, with some fans feeling that she is an interesting character and others feel that she's unsympathetic. Winona Ryder'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 Keanu Reeves. 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.
  • Broken Base: Mina and Dracula being Love Interests 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.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • In the scene in which 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 Offscreen Teleportation, 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.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The whole soundtrack.
  • Designated Hero:
    • 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.
  • Designated Villain: 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 Quincey's death, but it also may comes across as a Heel Realization as if they became 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.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Any scene involving Tom Waits as Renfield or Anthony Hopkins as Van Helsing.
    • Likewise, the brides are pretty well liked.
  • Evil Is Cool: Dracula, specifically in his backstory and later in his youthful form.
  • Evil Is Sexy: For the ladies, you've got Dracula. For the guys, you've got the vampire brides.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Dracula at the beginning of the movie. While the red robe is fine, the hairdo just looks silly.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • One of the brides that seduces Keanu Reeves is Monica Bellucci. Years later in The Matrix Reloaded, she would once again have to seduce him as the villain's Femme Fatale.
    • Additionally in Van Helsing, 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.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Dracula may be Ax-Crazy and cruel, but it clearly stems from his Faith–Heel Turn-related Despair Event Horizon and Then Let Me Be Evil — and even then, he still hasn't completely lost his humanity.
  • Narm:
  • Narm Charm: The film is quite stunning to look at and is most definitely entertaining for some in spite or because of the goofiness.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
  • One-Scene Wonder: Dracula's man-bat form.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Monica Bellucci as one of the brides.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: One of the biggest. How much you like the film depends in part on how you feel about the romance (and how annoyingly sexy you find Gary Oldman). Extra squicky 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.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • When playing the ancient version of Dracula Gary Oldman is wearing very obvious 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 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.
  • Tear Jerker: Dracula's story, from the intro to the ending. Props to Gary Oldman for invoking a legit Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: While adding a love story is divisive enough, many were annoyed with the changes to Lucy's character. In the book, she's The Ingenue 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.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: 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.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: 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 Up to Eleven 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.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Francis Ford Coppola himself expressed Creator Backlash at casting Keanu Reeves as a Victorian Londoner. Reeves was riding high from Bill & Ted and was chosen as a bankable heartthrob to draw in female viewers.

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