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.
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.
Top Critic
February 11, 2006
By the end, you'll wonder why all films aren't made this way.
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.
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.
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 9, 2003
A diversion that only makes you wish you could have seen Royal Winnipeg's original ballet.
August 22, 2003
Amusing as it is strange, Maddin's movie lingers in consciousness as a one-of-a-kind affair that emanates from a truly creative consciousness.
August 8, 2003
Maddin turns an old, dusty classic into something grippingly new.
July 16, 2003
Maddin's work testifies to the notion that the past knows more than the present and that silent cinema is a richer, dreamier, sexier, and more resonant medium than what we're accustomed to seeing in the multiplexes.
July 10, 2003
The latest example of Maddin's alchemy, not his best, but still a picture that aficionados of classic film -- and classic Dracula -- should eagerly seek out.
July 8, 2003
It's sexy, brainy and slightly nuts.
July 4, 2003
The film is poetic and erotic, creepy and melodramatic, overwrought and sometimes mocking, as if F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu (1922) had a long-lost musical version.
June 26, 2003
The most inventive vampire picture of the last 80 years.
June 13, 2003
Maddin takes cinema to its outer limits without stranding you there in a vacuum of heady esoterica.
June 6, 2003
Maddin is an image-maker first and a storyteller second, and most of the fun in watching Dracula is sharing the high he feels in building such giddy, gauzy atmosphere.
June 6, 2003
A 75-minute tour de force that's often fascinating, sometimes frustrating, but ultimately rewarding.
June 5, 2003
One of the most bizarre and extraordinary dance movies you'll ever see.
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