Dracula Tonight at Hot Mama’s

16 10 2008

Hot Mama’s picked one of our favorites to screen tonight at their lovely outdoor patio. Well technically I’ve never actually seen the movie but I read the book and loved it. This will probably be as good a time as any to see it. We thought this would be a good a time to put up some Bram Stoker’s Dracula trivia in case you need it during the double or nothing question on Cash Cab. If you watch the YouTube clip below, this is apparently the first ever teaser trailer for the movie that got pulled because the audience turned out to be chicken shits.

  • Winona Ryder saw the script when it was originally going to be made as a TV movie, directed by Michael Apted. She took the script to Francis Ford Coppola, whom she had not spoken to since withdrawing from The Godfather: Part III (1990) due to exhaustion six months earlier. Coppola agreed to make the film, and Apted stayed on as executive producer.
  • Steve Buscemi was the first choice to play Renfield but turned down.
  • Earnings from the film was enough to save Zoetrope (Francis Ford Coppola’s studio) from bankruptcy after suffering from financial difficulties and liabilities of $27 million over the past 3 years.
  • To keep the budget manageable, Columbia insisted that the film be shot in Los Angeles and not on location.
  • The film’s original teaser trailer (which consists of blood forming the logo on a jagged surface and quick flashes of scenes from the film) was pulled from theaters by Columbia Pictures when patrons complained of it being too intense. This trailer appears on the Criterion edition laserdisc.



One response

18 10 2008

Gary Oldman rocks, but I think this trailer could of have been a little cooler with the voice over or with out the cheesy “beware” at the end. i like the blood forming the name of Dracula though; that was pretty sweet šŸ™‚ i love this movie!

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