A down to earth adaptation...
The sets are usually built to give the impression of confined spaces. Even though we spend a good while in a large castle, we always feel trapped in small rooms. The performances are interesting. We've seen better, but nothing like this when it comes to vampires. The battle scenes are funny but captivating. The blood is red and mysteriously contrasts with the tarnished colors of everything else.
The film’s chromatic palette is quite rich, despite the global desaturation. Photography also benefits from great texture and set design, both exterior and interior. Because many scenes of suspense are fully lit, and because this version of Dracula is more a physical threat than the more psychological assailant in Universal Studio’s series by the same name, this doesn't feel like ancient horror.
It's kind of melodramatic. The dialogue is dense and has many answers to questions we didn’t ask. It feels the need to explain everything about the creature that is the vampire. The procedural could be described as a theatrical detective film. Horror of Dracula is sometimes classy, sometimes brutal, and sometimes romantic. It is a highly successful re-imagining version of the legendary bloodsucker