Ten Things You Might Not Know about … Bram Stoker’s Dracula!

by William Burns

10. Avant-garde performance artist Diamanda Galás provided vocal effects for the three brides of Dracula

9. Originally, director Francis Ford Coppola had wanted to use highly impressionistic sets using only lights and shadows with minimum props.

8. Red jelly was used for the blood

7. Preview audiences found the film too gory so 25 minutes of footage was removed.

6. Among those who auditioned for the part of Dracula were Andy Garcia, Gabriel Byrne, Armand Assante, Antonio Banderas and Viggo Mortensen

5. Steve Buscemi was the first choice to play Renfield but turned the role down.

4. Prince Vlad’s scream after he drives his sword into the cross is not the voice of Gary Oldman. Lux Interior, lead singer of The Cramps, recorded the scream and it was           dubbed in

3. In an attempt to elicit more emotion, director Francis Ford Coppola shouted “whore” and “slut” at Winona Ryder while filming the scene when Van Helsing catches Mina         with Dracula

2. Johnny Depp turned down the role of Jonathan Harker

1. Gary Oldman was drunk the night they filmed the scene where he had to lick blood from Keanu Reeves’s straight razor.

 

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