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October 7th, 2014 by Oliver Harper Comments

Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Bram Stoker’s Dracula – we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…

Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…

The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.

“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

For years there had been countless movies based on the original book but none tied to do a faithful adaption, apart from Nosferatu in 1922. Francis Ford Coppola wanted his version to be produced in the old school methods of film-making, he didn’t want to make use of any current technology to achieve the visual effects and look of his feature. Thanks to this method it’s helped the film age very well.

Most people fondly remember this movie down to Gary Oldman’s incredible portrayal of The Count. He plays him like a fallen angel, a man who was once good but was let down by God for the loss of his wife. It’s a sad tale of romance and heartache. That is the core ingredient to this movie. But what many found to be off-putting is Keanu Reeves’ poor attempt at an English accent which is often laughably bad.

Let’s take a look back at this classic horror and see how it was made and if it still works today.

Oliver’s Review:

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Oliver Harper is, like the rest of us at FTN, a bit of a movie freak. He watches, thinks and then breaks down all the classics that were or may never have been. A big fan of 80s cinema, his trivia knowledge is phenomenal and the best part? He records great little videos to share his knowledge. Epic. Find Oliver's updates here:!/groups/370105659683174/--

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