July 25, 2013 |
Every film fan has seen Tod Browning's classic 1931 vampire opera "Dracula," starring Bela Lugosi as the dread count, but not everyone knows that when the English-speaking cast went home for the night, Spanish-speaking actors took over the set and made a version in that language for export to Latin America. It's at least the equal of the Browning version, some say even spookier, and those who check it out on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Cinefamily (611 N. Fairfax Ave.) will be in for another great treat.
December 7, 2012 |
When Genndy Tartakovsky came aboard to direct "Hotel Transylvania," the computer-animated 3-D comedy about Dracula operating a resort for monsters, he brought something unique to the table: a decidedly old-fashioned aesthetic. Tartakovsky comes from a traditional 2-D animation background, having created the Cartoon Network shows "Dexter's Laboratory" and "Samurai Jack," and the Moscow-born director is an avowed film of the zany, cartoonish sensibility of animators like Chuck Jones and Tex Avery (both of whom worked on "Looney Tunes," among others)
May 13, 2013 |
NBC will be bringing "Dracula" to audiences Friday nights in the fall. Today the network put the official preview of the show online, just in advance of the Upfronts, the multi-network previews for media writers and television critics. "Dracula" has a number of things going for it, including actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers, a director from "The Tudors" and producers from "Downton Abbey. " There are fancy costumes, dramatic lighting and, if the trailer is any measure, a very gothy atmosphere.
November 21, 1992
I want to make some comments regarding Kenneth Turan's review, " 'Dracula': Letting the Blood Flow" (Nov. 13): First, I resent any movie reviewer who foists preconceived notions on a film. It seemed inevitable that Turan would dislike the film, what with worries about the purity of Francis Ford Coppola's motives in making "Dracula"--"What he wanted was the kind of hit that would enable him to get financing for one of those close-to-the-heart films"--and an obvious disgust for its cast.
September 23, 2012 |
When Mary Shelley wrote "Frankenstein" in 1816, she could not have conceived of the cultural landmark it would become. The novel still throws a long shadow across the popular imagination almost two centuries later. Boris Karloff's performance as the monster in Universal's 1931 film has become iconic, and his is merely one among dozens of adaptations and revisions to come: movies, plays, novels, comic books, even breakfast cereals (remember Franken Berry?). Which brings us to Dave Zeltserman's "Monster" (Overlook: 224 pp., $23.95)
October 25, 2009 |
Dracula The Un-Dead Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt Dutton: 424 pp., $26.95 The ending of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" (1897) has long troubled readers. Professor Abraham Van Helsing, the Dutch expert on the supernatural, repeatedly admonishes his band of hunters that to kill the vampire-king, they must "cut off his head and burn his heart or drive a stake through it." Furthermore, he warns, when the sun sets, Dracula has the power to transform himself into "elemental dust." With that in mind, what occurs after an extended chase from England to Dracula's castle in Transylvania is puzzling: As the sun sets, Jonathan Harker and Quincey Morris attack Dracula with steel knives, one "shear[ing]