Though he had shown hallucinatory flourishes in such films as “Apocalypse Now”, “The Outsiders” and “Rumble Fish”, director Francis Ford Coppola didn’t unleash his full psychedelic storytelling prowess until he attacked the tale of Dracula in 1992. Utilizing a broad range of visual techniques, Coppola delivered a lusty, feverish dream of a film that adhered much more closely to the original novel by Bram Stoker. Coppola’s adaptation was released 5 years shy of the novel’s 100 year anniversary in 1997 but special attention was paid to replicating customs and costumes of the late 1800’s, along with cultural curiosities such as phantasmagoria shadow plays that were precursors motion picture theaters. Gary Oldman heads a brilliant cast including Anthony Hopkins, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves and Tom Waits. Oldman’s portrayal of the ancient yet eternally youthful Vlad Dracul is compelling and highly nuanced. Here Dracula is a creature forged by destiny and circumstance into something that is tormented, filled with rage, and above all, cursed by God himslef. From the bloody fields of battle where Vlad dispatches his foes in wolfish armor to the deserted castle where he drifts thought the halls like a living undead specter in silk robes, Dracula’s personal journey is captured like never before by one of cinema’s most acclaimed and accomplished directors.