It's Twilight-a-palooza today at The Courier-News! Except without anyone actually writing about "Eclipse," the third and latest installment in the Twilight saga, out today!
That's because we're not exactly fans of Twilight, as you may have noticed. We are, however, fans of other, dare we say better vampire movies. See Staff Writer Dave Gathman, Readers' Reporter Emily McFarlan and Community News Editor Julia Doyle's columns in today's "Our Towns" section. Check back later for more fun with Twilight on Between the Bylines.
Meantime, here's Staff Writer Katie Anderson's favorite fanged flick...
There is no competition in my mind. "Bram Stoker's Dracula," the 1992 film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, is the quintessential vampire flick.
For a vampire fan, "Dracula" has everything. The blood-sucking lead appears as a bat, a beast, a wolf, rats, mist, a dashing gentleman and a creepy old count. The movie delivers the seduction and terror that make vampires and the lore surrounding them fascinating. And it does so with beautiful scenery and cinematography, A-list acting (Anthony Hopkins, Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder) and without the cheese typically associated with the genre.
How "Dracula" foreshadowed Twilight, after the jump.
The 1992 "Dracula" is closely based on Bram Stoker's classic horror novel, but Coppola twists the plot and turns the story into a tragic romance. The film foreshadows the direction modern writers like Stephenie Meyer and the creators of True Blood have take the genre.
In the film, a young lawyer (Jonathan Harker) travels to a gloomy village in the mists of eastern Europe. There he meets Dracula and is imprisoned in the count's castle while the undead star visits London, driven by a longing to be with Harker's fiance, Mina. In Britain, Dracula begins a reign of lust and death.
Definitely my favorite vampire film (apparently the Academy liked it too; it earned four Oscar nominations and took home three awards), followed closely by "Interview with the Vampire," staring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt and written by the queen of the vampire genre, Anne Rice.
-- Katie Anderson, Staff Writer