The following recommendations are the best 15% of 1900 horror and horror-adjacent movies reviewed by Steve Hutchison. Movies are sorted according to the average of various ratings: overall, story, creativity, acting, quality, and rewatchability. How many have you seen?
Will make your heart beat faster...
Epic classics, the first Dracula and Nosferatu movies were good but experimental and therefore pardonably flawed. They never fully explored who their archvillain was written to be and took liberties. Here’s another take on the Bram Stoker novel that claims to stick close to the original. It will please many. It’s about two hours long and makes the most of each minute.
There’s plenty of room for character exposition ensured by some of the greatest actors of their respective generations. The ambiance is thick, the tension palpable and the romance tragic. It’s a period piece with cinematography both ground-breaking and retro. Some superposition effects are on the lazy side, which is odd for a production of this caliber.
The score adds a sad touch to the film, especially in backstory flashbacks concerning Dracula. While many modern adaptations of the story tend to glorify an inquisitive protagonist, 1992’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula makes Keanu Reeve’s Jonathan Harker curious yet vulnerable. Moreover, Dracula is genuinely scary, here, and resorts to hypnotism as he did in the old days of cinema.