Through the years, there have been many films based on the Bram Stoker vampire “Dracula.” They range from the classics like Bela Lugosi to the cheesy i.e. any vampire movie made in the 1970s. In my humble opinion, the pinnacle of Dracula films was the 1992 R-rated “Dracula” directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

The movie didn’t do much new to the legend, but was visually stunning. The story revolved around Count Dracula who came to England to live and fell in love with Jonathan Harker’s Wife, Mina. Dracula kills and turns the young Lucy Westerna, which turns her suitors into a vigilante band of vampire hunters led by Abraham Van Helsing.

Dracula is able to begin to transform Mina, so the hunters follow him back to his castle to kill him and hopefully remove the curse. They succeed, but not without the sacrifice of Quincy Morris, who the Harkers name their child after. His sacrifice single handedly saved Mina and mortally wounded Dracula.

The movie closely follows the original book by Stoker with a few embellishments here and there. Of all the Dracula movies out there, this one definitely tops the scare meter. It was high-budget, so the special effects and acting is top notch. It has a bevy of Hollywood stars including Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder.

It had its fair share of blood, gore and sex, as any Dracula movie should, so it definitely earned the R-rating. To this day, it is still one of my favorites and the DVD is taken out every now and then when I ned a good scare.