Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary Reviews

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January 15, 2018
Guy Maddin's unusual take on Bram Stoker's story sets members of Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet against the director's version of a silent movie. The result is a hauntingly graceful vision of the late-Gothic novel, peppered with high camp.
December 21, 2010
... the most startlingly original and creative reading of the novel ever put to film.
September 26, 2007
Though it sounds like an offbeat idea even for horror fans, the tech work is so well done that it could disarm unwary buffs attracted by the campy title.
September 26, 2007
An elaborate, self-conscious but arresting take on the Dracula myth.
April 1, 2006
A fevered, sexy take on the material, it plays up the desires of the female players, the repression of the men and Dracula's status as all-purpose object of dread and desire.
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February 11, 2006
By the end, you'll wonder why all films aren't made this way.
December 6, 2005
A production that is as sexually charged as it is beautifully designed.
August 17, 2004
Maddin's Dracula takes us fantastically through gothic places that Bram Stoker failed to report in a production that is as sexually charged as it is beautifully designed.
June 4, 2004
Marries B&W silent horror-movie style with beautifully eerie ballet in a succulently cinematic, lustfully melodramatic adaptation that is at once wholly unique and uncommonly faithful to Bram Stoker's classic novel.
May 18, 2004
Anybody who(TM)s willing to bring their own ideas about sex, love, and bloodletting to the film will likely find themselves sucked into Maddin(TM)s growing cult.
May 7, 2004
It's a throwback to the days when horror movies often had a certain visual grandeur. And while one may miss a modern frisson or two, there's still a great deal of dreadful beauty to relish.
May 7, 2004
Just when you think that holly stakes, garlic, crucifixes and capes are all there is to vampire stories, Maddin and the Royal Winnipeg put Dracula back on his toes.
March 10, 2004
This film does for ballet what Robert Altman's recent dud The Company couldn't: It brings the dance form alive on screen, at once making it sexy, stylish and relevant.
February 2, 2004
Much of it is dazzling and erotic, a postmodern variation on a theme of German expressionism and Gothic horror.
January 29, 2004
A dance version that gorgeously captures the Royal Winnepeg Ballet's artistry while razzing the xenophobia and carnal hysteria underpinning Bram Stoker's story.
January 15, 2004
Attractive art house picture.
December 12, 2003
It's a thoroughly rousing parade of invention. And visual? Like nothing you've ever seen.
November 25, 2003
It will no doubt leave ballet fans somewhat nonplussed, but this evocative danse macabre is an unusually insightful addition to the Count's long list of cinematic appearances.
October 27, 2003
In a year in which so many movies have (pun intended) sucked, Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary stands even higher as a triumph of artistry and entertainment.
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