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Bram Stoker's Dracula

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Bram Stoker's Dracula

Retrofantasma 

When: Fri., Oct. 26, 7 p.m. 2012
Price: $8

Two of the best-known cinematic Draculas highlight this special Halloween Retrofantasma—sink your teeth into both and see which you prefer. Up first is Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 film Bram Stoker's Dracula, his hit take on the original novel with many, many, many weird bits, not the least of which are Gary Oldman's hairdos and outfits and Keanu Reaves as Jonathan Harker. A box office hit, it's bloody and over-the-top, and quite fun. (There was an excellent comic book adaptation of this by artist Mike Mignola, just before he created his Hellboy character, that is sadly out of print and worth checking out.) Up next is a rare screening of John Badham's 1979 Dracula, adapting the stage play version of Stoker's novel with Frank Langella reprising his Tony-nominated role from the revival against Sir Laurence Olivier's Van Helsing. Sadly, the film—adapted by The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai's W.D. Richter—doesn't have the Edward Gorey sets from the Broadway version, but it does feature the original color scheme for the film (which Badham notoriously de-saturated for video prints, making the original difficult to see) and one of Langella's most acclaimed performances. And also some laser disco effects—Badham had just come from Saturday Night Fever, after all. Pay $8 at 7 p.m. —Zack Smith

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