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(Den Of Geek)   Roman Coppola discusses his practical effects used in film version of "Dracula". WHEN HE WAS JUST 25 YEARS OLD   (denofgeek.com) divider line
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2022-01-24 9:06:12 PM  
So, how long ago WAS Dracula just 25 years old?
/Was Roman Coppola even around then?
//Is Roman Coppola REALY Dracula?
/// Enquiring (read: Nosey) minds want to know!
 
2022-01-24 9:42:11 PM  
We actually used a Pepper's Ghost effect on a shoot a few years ago. Lots of fun.
 
2022-01-24 9:45:43 PM  
My favorite Dracula film.
 
2022-01-24 9:57:49 PM  
Tom Waits killed it as Renfield.
 
2022-01-24 10:09:49 PM  
In Camera The Naive Visual Effects of Dracula
Youtube c0ZERoH0EDI
 
2022-01-25 12:18:46 AM  
At Count Orlok's in Salem, I saw the red Dracula armor suit.

That place is....surreal. If you like horror, please, I beseech you. Visit Salem. Count Orlok's.

You can thank me with a month of TotalFark later.
 
2022-01-25 12:49:15 AM  
That film improves exponentially if you hit the mute button.  Visually, it's very interesting.
 
2022-01-25 12:57:29 AM  
Would like to read an article like this about John Carpenter's The Thing.
 
2022-01-25 1:18:11 AM  
Keanu: Forsooth brah, are you a creature of the night and stuff?
Oldman: *HISSS*
Keanu: Whoa, verily.
Oldman: Oceans...*Goldblum hand gesture*...of time!
Winona: meep! *faints*
Waits: wocka wocka wocka
*roll credits*
Hopkins: Did you want me to say something or
*credits continue*
 
2022-01-25 1:24:34 AM  
Well that explains all the nudity
 
2022-01-25 1:28:03 AM  
               There's serious nepotism in the Coppola clan. This kid, Sofia and you're not fooling anyone,Cage
 
2022-01-25 2:09:03 AM  
26 subby, 26.
Thus entered Roman Coppola. Only 26 when Bram Stoker's Dracula went before cameras
 
2022-01-25 2:47:04 AM  

Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: That film improves exponentially if you hit the mute button.  Visually, it's very interesting.


I'd say unmute it for the Anthony Hopkins scenes.

"Van Helsing : Jack. Come here. I know how deeply you loved her. That is why you must trust me and believe.
Doctor Jack Seward : Believe? How can I believe?
Van Helsing : I want you to bring me, before nightfall, a set of postmortem knives.
Doctor Jack Seward : An autopsy? On Lucy?
Van Helsing : No, no, no. Not exactly. I just want to cut off her head and take out her heart."
 
2022-01-25 3:24:21 AM  

propasaurus: We actually used a Pepper's Ghost effect on a shoot a few years ago. Lots of fun.


I read that as Paper Ghost effect
 
2022-01-25 4:12:49 AM  

Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: That film improves exponentially if you hit the mute button.  Visually, it's very interesting.


It's even better if you switch it off and go do something else instead.
 
2022-01-25 6:41:16 AM  
The practical effect of Monica Belluci made my vhs copy get really wibbly at parts.
 
2022-01-25 7:00:26 AM  

MagicChicken: The practical effect of Monica Belluci made my vhs copy get really wibbly at parts.


Another reason why I know I'd make a terrible vampire hunter.
 
2022-01-25 7:02:41 AM  

Mugato: There's serious nepotism in the Coppola clan. This kid, Sofia and you're not fooling anyone,Cage


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2022-01-25 7:07:20 AM  

Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: That film improves exponentially if you hit the mute button.  Visually, it's very interesting.


I only read about Coppola wanting to use dawn-of-cinema period practical effects pretty recently, as in a few years ago. The film still has its goofiness but I give him props for sticking to his guns on that.

/Castlevania pretty much lifted its Dracula's origin directly from the film
 
2022-01-25 7:40:04 AM  
so keanu was the 'butt in seats' guy supposedly, he should've just ditched the accent.  Just a touch of a rewrite saying he was american, father was a senator that got him his job, etc.

Or cast someone maybe that can handle the accent like al pacino or Schwarzenegger.

but seriously it'd have been interesting to cast ewan mcgregor at what..21ish?  although he might've had issues getting over his natrual accent at that point.

Oo..how about daniel day lewis?  he probably wouldn't touch the movie but he does elevate everything he's in and having him and oldman on screen together might have actually had weight instead of the vacastare of keanu.
 
2022-01-25 7:46:14 AM  

A Room Full of Angry Raccoons: Mugato: There's serious nepotism in the Coppola clan. This kid, Sofia and you're not fooling anyone,Cage



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let's not forget nephew/auteur Christopher Copolla, director of very terrible movies such as "Gunfight at Red Dog Corral" and "Dracula's Widow,"

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2022-01-25 8:27:10 AM  
FFC's Dracula is a weird movie. It's a mess, but visually striking, and sticks closer to the book than pretty much any other adaptation.
 
2022-01-25 8:39:07 AM  

You Are All Sheep: so keanu was the 'butt in seats' guy supposedly, he should've just ditched the accent.  Just a touch of a rewrite saying he was american, father was a senator that got him his job, etc.

Or cast someone maybe that can handle the accent like al pacino or Schwarzenegger.

but seriously it'd have been interesting to cast ewan mcgregor at what..21ish?  although he might've had issues getting over his natrual accent at that point.

Oo..how about daniel day lewis?  he probably wouldn't touch the movie but he does elevate everything he's in and having him and oldman on screen together might have actually had weight instead of the vacastare of keanu.


Depending on the role, Daniel Day Lewis would have been running around biting necks and drinking blood, or driving stakes through people's hearts for six months before filming.
 
2022-01-25 8:45:23 AM  
Yeah, so he did a good jorb on this movie.
He's still no Uwe Boll.
But then who is.
 
2022-01-25 9:22:29 AM  
as many 25 year old males think... no bras, now make her run...
 
2022-01-25 9:43:41 AM  
Visually the film is stunning in every respect.

Keanu Reeves is, by his own admission, awful in it.

But the rest is great, especially if you understand that it was deliberately done with a melodramatic flavor akin to films and theater of the 20s and 30s in regard to its acting. They wanted the performances, set pieces, and emotions to be "BIG"

It's not subtle...nor is it remotely intended to be.

Personally...I love most of it. But there are so many Dracula films...but most are , at best, just ok Genre films, with Dracula popping up and bearing fangs every 10 minutes or so to keep the kiddies entertained.  (Chris Lee could have been replaced by a mannequin in almost all his films with no injury to the films and Lee would likely have been happier that way)

But the vast majority are trash...to be avoided , like sunlight and garlic...lol

See either version of NOSFURATU, Shadow of the Vampire, The important, if Dated Lugosi Dracula (or the visually superior Spanish Dracula made at the same time), The faithful BBC production of Dracula with Louis Jordon, The stylish Frank Langella version from 1978, and Christopher Lees first outing in Horror of Dracula.

There are a few odds and ends besides those that are good  (Hammers Brides of Dracula is good...but Dracula himself is nowhere to be seen, so in reality, it's not a Dracula film as much as a "I'm Dracula's third cousin" film :)  )

Other than those...not much worthwhile. Your mileage may vary naturally.


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2022-01-25 9:46:59 AM  

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2022-01-25 9:48:01 AM  
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"25-years-old? Ha, what an old fart. I was 22, biatches."
 
2022-01-25 9:52:12 AM  
 
2022-01-25 10:00:10 AM  

gunga galunga: cocozilla:

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Sorry about that...lol. it was a new phone and it was easier to look at the text large while I was typing it but I forgot to reset it. 🤣
 
2022-01-25 11:32:16 AM  
The movie is a mess, but I have always loved it. And not just for Monica Belluci and Winona running down the stairs at night.
 
2022-01-25 11:34:54 AM  

cocozilla: gunga galunga: cocozilla:

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Sorry about that...lol. it was a new phone and it was easier to look at the text large while I was typing it but I forgot to reset it. 🤣


But it was such a bold statement
 
2022-01-25 12:17:57 PM  

Mega Steve: cocozilla: gunga galunga: cocozilla:

[Fark user image image 640x360]

Sorry about that...lol. it was a new phone and it was easier to look at the text large while I was typing it but I forgot to reset it. 🤣

But it was such a bold statement


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2022-01-25 1:09:12 PM  
There are many Dracula films...but this one is the best IMO.
(It's the only one I will gladly re-watch)
 
2022-01-25 1:17:00 PM  

cocozilla: Keanu Reeves is, by his own admission, awful in it.


Eh, I blame the director. All he had to do is not make him try to do an English accent. Winona too.
 
2022-01-25 1:35:17 PM  
I just listened to the audiobook of Stoker's Dracula as narrated by Simon Vance. I was absolutely ignorant of the fact of how good this story was, and how sorely I would love a true to the novel miniseries out of HBO or Netflix or someone.

I was honestly blown away by how much i loved the story. Which was not hurt by having Simon Vance narrate. He is amazing.
 
2022-01-25 1:43:44 PM  
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2022-01-25 1:45:14 PM  

Combustion: Tom Waits killed it as Renfield.


I just started watching The Outsiders last night, in 4K.  Actually had never seen it, and Waits is in that film too. Apparently, Coppola liked working with him.
 
2022-01-25 3:11:53 PM  

cocozilla: Visually the film is stunning in every respect.

Keanu Reeves is, by his own admission, awful in it.

But the rest is great, especially if you understand that it was deliberately done with a melodramatic flavor akin to films and theater of the 20s and 30s in regard to its acting. They wanted the performances, set pieces, and emotions to be "BIG"

It's not subtle...nor is it remotely intended to be.

Personally...I love most of it. But there are so many Dracula films...but most are , at best, just ok Genre films, with Dracula popping up and bearing fangs every 10 minutes or so to keep the kiddies entertained.  (Chris Lee could have been replaced by a mannequin in almost all his films with no injury to the films and Lee would likely have been happier that way)

But the vast majority are trash...to be avoided , like sunlight and garlic...lol

See either version of NOSFURATU, Shadow of the Vampire, The important, if Dated Lugosi Dracula (or the visually superior Spanish Dracula made at the same time), The faithful BBC production of Dracula with Louis Jordon, The stylish Frank Langella version from 1978, and Christopher Lees first outing in Horror of Dracula.

There are a few odds and ends besides those that are good  (Hammers Brides of Dracula is good...but Dracula himself is nowhere to be seen, so in reality, it's not a Dracula film as much as a "I'm Dracula's third cousin" film :)  )

Other than those...not much worthwhile. Your mileage may vary naturally.


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I liked what you said until you dissed Nosferatu. It is one of the most important early horror films and as a silent film it's a work of art. Not sure where your dislike of it comes from. It was way ahead of its time and absolutely scared the shiat out of people when it came out. Any serious film class worth its weight will tell you the same.
 
2022-01-25 3:28:05 PM  

baronbloodbath: At Count Orlok's in Salem, I saw the red Dracula armor suit.

That place is....surreal. If you like horror, please, I beseech you. Visit Salem. Count Orlok's.

You can thank me with a month of TotalFark later.


Awesome tip! Thanks! That red suit is badass.
 
2022-01-25 4:52:33 PM  

T.rex: Combustion: Tom Waits killed it as Renfield.

I just started watching The Outsiders last night, in 4K.  Actually had never seen it, and Waits is in that film too. Apparently, Coppola liked working with him.


I'm not really sure what to think about Coppola's director's cut of that one. While it does flesh out the story a lot more, he kinda faceplanted on the sound design. I get that he wanted to use popular music from the time, and I like that choice in many scenes, but the sound mix is terrible. In more than a few instances, the music cues are so loud they drown out the dialogue and action on screen. It's just really distracting.

Maybe it would have been a good idea to have someone who isn't 80 listen to the final sound mix before turning it in.
 
2022-01-25 5:48:42 PM  

cew-smoke: cocozilla: Visually the film is stunning in every respect.

Keanu Reeves is, by his own admission, awful in it.

But the rest is great, especially if you understand that it was deliberately done with a melodramatic flavor akin to films and theater of the 20s and 30s in regard to its acting. They wanted the performances, set pieces, and emotions to be "BIG"

It's not subtle...nor is it remotely intended to be.

Personally...I love most of it. But there are so many Dracula films...but most are , at best, just ok Genre films, with Dracula popping up and bearing fangs every 10 minutes or so to keep the kiddies entertained.  (Chris Lee could have been replaced by a mannequin in almost all his films with no injury to the films and Lee would likely have been happier that way)

But the vast majority are trash...to be avoided , like sunlight and garlic...lol

See either version of NOSFURATU, Shadow of the Vampire, The important, if Dated Lugosi Dracula (or the visually superior Spanish Dracula made at the same time), The faithful BBC production of Dracula with Louis Jordon, The stylish Frank Langella version from 1978, and Christopher Lees first outing in Horror of Dracula.

There are a few odds and ends besides those that are good  (Hammers Brides of Dracula is good...but Dracula himself is nowhere to be seen, so in reality, it's not a Dracula film as much as a "I'm Dracula's third cousin" film :)  )

Other than those...not much worthwhile. Your mileage may vary naturally.


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I liked what you said until you dissed Nosferatu. It is one of the most important early horror films and as a silent film it's a work of art. Not sure where your dislike of it comes from. It was way ahead of its time and absolutely scared the shiat out of people when it came out. Any serious film class worth its weight will tell you the same.


Read the post again.
 
2022-01-25 5:58:18 PM  

Thunderboy: cew-smoke: cocozilla: Visually the film is stunning in every respect.

Keanu Reeves is, by his own admission, awful in it.

But the rest is great, especially if you understand that it was deliberately done with a melodramatic flavor akin to films and theater of the 20s and 30s in regard to its acting. They wanted the performances, set pieces, and emotions to be "BIG"

It's not subtle...nor is it remotely intended to be.

Personally...I love most of it. But there are so many Dracula films...but most are , at best, just ok Genre films, with Dracula popping up and bearing fangs every 10 minutes or so to keep the kiddies entertained.  (Chris Lee could have been replaced by a mannequin in almost all his films with no injury to the films and Lee would likely have been happier that way)

But the vast majority are trash...to be avoided , like sunlight and garlic...lol

See either version of NOSFURATU, Shadow of the Vampire, The important, if Dated Lugosi Dracula (or the visually superior Spanish Dracula made at the same time), The faithful BBC production of Dracula with Louis Jordon, The stylish Frank Langella version from 1978, and Christopher Lees first outing in Horror of Dracula.

There are a few odds and ends besides those that are good  (Hammers Brides of Dracula is good...but Dracula himself is nowhere to be seen, so in reality, it's not a Dracula film as much as a "I'm Dracula's third cousin" film :)  )

Other than those...not much worthwhile. Your mileage may vary naturally.


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I liked what you said until you dissed Nosferatu. It is one of the most important early horror films and as a silent film it's a work of art. Not sure where your dislike of it comes from. It was way ahead of its time and absolutely scared the shiat out of people when it came out. Any serious film class worth its weight will tell you the same.

Read the post again.


I understand his confusions.  The 'See' transition is clunky as he's talking about shiatty movies and then 'see' comes off as 'for example'.  'DOsee' would have been the clear transition, imho.
 
2022-01-25 7:40:43 PM  

cew-smoke: cocozilla: Visually the film is stunning in every respect.

Keanu Reeves is, by his own admission, awful in it.

But the rest is great, especially if you understand that it was deliberately done with a melodramatic flavor akin to films and theater of the 20s and 30s in regard to its acting. They wanted the performances, set pieces, and emotions to be "BIG"

It's not subtle...nor is it remotely intended to be.

Personally...I love most of it. But there are so many Dracula films...but most are , at best, just ok Genre films, with Dracula popping up and bearing fangs every 10 minutes or so to keep the kiddies entertained.  (Chris Lee could have been replaced by a mannequin in almost all his films with no injury to the films and Lee would likely have been happier that way)

But the vast majority are trash...to be avoided , like sunlight and garlic...lol

See either version of NOSFURATU, Shadow of the Vampire, The important, if Dated Lugosi Dracula (or the visually superior Spanish Dracula made at the same time), The faithful BBC production of Dracula with Louis Jordon, The stylish Frank Langella version from 1978, and Christopher Lees first outing in Horror of Dracula.

There are a few odds and ends besides those that are good  (Hammers Brides of Dracula is good...but Dracula himself is nowhere to be seen, so in reality, it's not a Dracula film as much as a "I'm Dracula's third cousin" film :)  )

Other than those...not much worthwhile. Your mileage may vary naturally.


\

I liked what you said until you dissed Nosferatu. It is one of the most important early horror films and as a silent film it's a work of art. Not sure where your dislike of it comes from. It was way ahead of its time and absolutely scared the shiat out of people when it came out. Any serious film class worth its weight will tell you the same.


I'm sorry if I was not clear in my post or if you misread it, but I agree with you 100% on nosferatu. The original version is groundbreaking and still hugely effective, and the Werner Herzog remake is wonderful as well
 
2022-01-25 7:41:40 PM  

AdrienVeidt: Thunderboy: cew-smoke: cocozilla: Visually the film is stunning in every respect.

Keanu Reeves is, by his own admission, awful in it.

But the rest is great, especially if you understand that it was deliberately done with a melodramatic flavor akin to films and theater of the 20s and 30s in regard to its acting. They wanted the performances, set pieces, and emotions to be "BIG"

It's not subtle...nor is it remotely intended to be.

Personally...I love most of it. But there are so many Dracula films...but most are , at best, just ok Genre films, with Dracula popping up and bearing fangs every 10 minutes or so to keep the kiddies entertained.  (Chris Lee could have been replaced by a mannequin in almost all his films with no injury to the films and Lee would likely have been happier that way)

But the vast majority are trash...to be avoided , like sunlight and garlic...lol

See either version of NOSFURATU, Shadow of the Vampire, The important, if Dated Lugosi Dracula (or the visually superior Spanish Dracula made at the same time), The faithful BBC production of Dracula with Louis Jordon, The stylish Frank Langella version from 1978, and Christopher Lees first outing in Horror of Dracula.

There are a few odds and ends besides those that are good  (Hammers Brides of Dracula is good...but Dracula himself is nowhere to be seen, so in reality, it's not a Dracula film as much as a "I'm Dracula's third cousin" film :)  )

Other than those...not much worthwhile. Your mileage may vary naturally.


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I liked what you said until you dissed Nosferatu. It is one of the most important early horror films and as a silent film it's a work of art. Not sure where your dislike of it comes from. It was way ahead of its time and absolutely scared the shiat out of people when it came out. Any serious film class worth its weight will tell you the same.

Read the post again.

I understand his confusions.  The 'See' transition is clunky as he's talking about shiatty movies and then 'see' comes off as 'for example'.  'DOsee' would have been the clear transition, imho.


See the joys of figuring out a new telephone managed to make my message more cumbersome than It needed to be. My apologies!
 
2022-01-25 9:02:02 PM  
Then I shall go to see Count Chocula
 
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