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Gothic literature inspired two of the all-time greatest vampire horror films, “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and “Interview with the Vampire”.


I conclude my vampire series with a look at two 90s literary-adapted classics, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Interview with the Vampire. Joining me for this episode is no stranger to the show but is a first-time guest on the horror side of things, Violet Hammond. It’s a fun and long conversation, so strap in!

After beginning our interview series with a look at iconic 80s vampire films, The Lost Boys and Fright Night, we move into the 90s with a look at two influential vampire horror films adapted from beloved gothic literary tales.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a 1992 American vampire horror film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and written by James V. Hart. It is based on the 1897 novel Dracula by Bram Stoker.

The film stars Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Richard E. Grant, Cary Elwes, Billy Campbell, Sadie Frost, and Tom Waits. Set in 19th century England and Romania, it follows the titular vampire (Oldman), who falls in love with Mina Murray (Ryder), the fiancée of his solicitor Jonathan Harker (Reeves).

When Dracula begins terrorizing Mina’s friends, Professor Abraham Van Helsing (Hopkins), an expert in vampirism, is summoned to bring an end to his reign of terror.

The film opened at the top of the box office, grossing $215.9 million against its $40 million budget, and was nominated in four categories at the 65th Academy Awards, winning Best Costume Design for Eiko Ishioka, Best Sound Editing, and Best Makeup, while also being nominated for Best Art Direction.

Interview with the Vampire

Interview with the Vampire is a 1994 American gothic horror film directed by Neil Jordan, based on Anne Rice’s 1976 novel of the same name. It focuses on Lestat (Tom Cruise) and Louis (Brad Pitt), beginning with Louis’ transformation into a vampire by Lestat in 1791. The film chronicles their time together and their turning of ten-year-old Claudia (Kirsten Dunst) into a vampire.

The narrative is framed by a present-day interview in which Louis tells his story to a San Francisco reporter (Christian Slater).

The film received two Oscar nominations for Best Art Direction and Best Original Score. Kirsten Dunst was additionally nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film.

Follow Violet on Twitter @violeth310⁠


Angel Krause from Voices from the Mausoleum returns to the show for part two in my vampire series with movies that got adapted into popular TV shows. We talked all about Buffy the Vampire Slayer and What We Do In the Shadows.

Follow Angel on Twitter @FromMausoleum⁠


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