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 Posted: Mon Feb 21st, 2011 06:36 pm

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This just popped up on my Facebook wall -

"What a great turn of events if Hobo With a Shotgun proved to be a career resuscitation for Rutger Hauer. Though he has worked steadily for the last few years, his last really high-profile roles were in 2005, in Sin City and Batman Begins. But Hobo With a Shotgun gave him some new life at festivals, and he had a notable role in The Rite. Now the latest film to bring him into the fold is Dario Argento‘s Dracula 3D, in which the actor will reportedly play Van Helsing."

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wow... this could either be very cool or very very bad. When's the last time you saw a good Dario Argento film? And Dracula in 3D, lol, sounds so bad it might just end up being good.

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Suspiria is actually a favorite of mine. So Having him at the helm of a Dracula film could just turn out well. I think Argento's films are simply lack or white either you love it or you hate it, there is no shade of gray.



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Well, Argento was at his best and most creative in late
70s and early 80s I think - but I still do have some faith in that guy. He has always been good with pain...;-) And blood.
And Rutger Hauer as Van Helsing - that sounds bloody awesome.
I am not holding my breath, but I will keep my fingers crossed.
(I could do without 3D though...)



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Abby1964 wrote: Suspiria is actually a favorite of mine. So Having him at the helm of a Dracula film could just turn out well. I think Argento's films are simply lack or white either you love it or you hate it, there is no shade of gray.
Oh of course. I love Suspiria too. I'm not saying I don't like Dario Argento's films, but as Cesare points out, Argento was really at his best in the 70s early 80s. Not sure if you've seen any of his recent work, but its less than stellar. That is... its watchable on some level, but lacks all of the innovative camera and lighting craziness of his earlier films that really made his films stand out. Who knows though... here's hoping. I know I'll be checking it out.

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Although I love Rutger, I think maybe he's a bit long in the tooth as Van Helsing, I guess I always pictured the character more 40ish.



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This is SO going to rock hard ! I love both Rutger and Argento, I'm a big fan of his early stuff (Suspiria included) and this should prove to be interesting, As for his age, he's actually a good age to play Van Helsing, Anthony Hopkins played him in Bram Stoker's Dracula with Gary Oldman.



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Abby1964 wrote: Suspiria is actually a favorite of mine. So Having him at the helm of a Dracula film could just turn out well. I think Argento's films are simply lack or white either you love it or you hate it, there is no shade of gray.
Oh of course. I love Suspiria too. I'm not saying I don't like Dario Argento's films, but as Cesare points out, Argento was really at his best in the 70s early 80s. Not sure if you've seen any of his recent work, but its less than stellar. That is... its watchable on some level, but lacks all of the innovative camera and lighting craziness of his earlier films that really made his films stand out. Who knows though... here's hoping. I know I'll be checking it out.


I was more speaking on his films individually than as a body of work taken together. Even for fans it seems that each film stands or falls on it's own.



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I have mixed feeling about Dracula. I don't think any of the film versions have gotten it right. They always make Mina a victim, while in the book she was the hero. All the men were falling apart because they couldn't protect their women but she kept it together. She was the one who came up with the plan to kill Dracula. And they always try to make Dracula sexy.  He was not alluring or seductive. None of the women were willing. Dracula is supposed to be icky. Also, it is strange to me how the story of Dracula is so enduring as it is a very mediocre book.

Vampire movies are very rarely good. Yet I keep watching them, hoping for someone to get it right (to me, at least). :P Maybe this will finally be it?! And Rutger Hauer is weird, but the right kind of weird.



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Abby1964 wrote:
I was more speaking on his films individually than as a body of work taken together. Even for fans it seems that each film stands or falls on it's own.

Well that's true. Here's hoping.

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Kaden wrote:
I have mixed feeling about Dracula. I don't think any of the film versions have gotten it right. They always make Mina a victim, while in the book she was the hero. All the men were falling apart because they couldn't protect their women but she kept it together. She was the one who came up with the plan to kill Dracula. And they always try to make Dracula sexy.  He was not alluring or seductive. None of the women were willing. Dracula is supposed to be icky. Also, it is strange to me how the story of Dracula is so enduring as it is a very mediocre book.

Vampire movies are very rarely good. Yet I keep watching them, hoping for someone to get it right (to me, at least). :P Maybe this will finally be it?! And Rutger Hauer is weird, but the right kind of weird.


If you haven't already seen it, you might like Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre with Klaus Kinski then. Its a 70s remake of the original silent Nosferatu. One of the most beautiful "Dracula" films I've ever watched. For some reason Herzog switched the names on Lucy and Mina, but her character is strong and more independent, and Dracula is anything but sexy.

That said, I'm a huge fan of Coppola's Dracula. I know a lot of purists aren't so in love with it, but the acting (aside from "woh dude" Keanu) and the look of it is just spectacular to me.

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That is a gorgeous film! It's an over-the-top gothic romance  I love the whole look of it. The costumes especially are swoon inducing. The Vlad look in that film has become iconic. If you ever go to dress up gothy type events you will see many, many versions of it. And I think every goth girl wants Mina's red dress.

Gary Oldman is brilliant and Anthony Hopkins has one of the best lines ever. When Dr. Seward says sarcastically that something came into Lucy's room, sucked out all her blood and then flew out the window, Van Helsing says, "Ya. Why not?" I just love the way he says it. To me, the film was changed so much from the book, what with the addition of the Vlad Tepes stuff, that it really became it's own thing. Which is cool.

I read a really funny interview with Coppola when he was making the film. He was going on and on about the talent and brilliance of Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins. And then he said, "And we also have Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves, who are very pretty." Cracked me up. Still does when I think about it. :D

The original Nosferatu is really creepy, in a good way. It ranks up there on my list of favorite films. But I've never seen the remake, which is silly because Herzog makes amazing films. I will definitely check it out.



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I didn't care too much for the remake of Nosferatu. I think Max Schrek created such a 'creepy' character with Count Orlock. I think Bela Lugosi sensed that and went in the other direction with Dracula Making him more of a suave character.

I agree vampires are supposed to be icky. In the original legends there is nothing sexy or suave about them. They are evil, ugly and bloodthirsty which was the big draw for me with 30 Days of Night. Those vampires were more in keeping with the original stories.



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Kaden wrote: That is a gorgeous film! It's an over-the-top gothic romance  I love the whole look of it. The costumes especially are swoon inducing. The Vlad look in that film has become iconic. If you ever go to dress up gothy type events you will see many, many versions of it. And I think every goth girl wants Mina's red dress.

Gary Oldman is brilliant and Anthony Hopkins has one of the best lines ever. When Dr. Seward says sarcastically that something came into Lucy's room, sucked out all her blood and then flew out the window, Van Helsing says, "Ya. Why not?" I just love the way he says it. To me, the film was changed so much from the book, what with the addition of the Vlad Tepes stuff, that it really became it's own thing. Which is cool.


Yep, agreed with all the above.

I read a really funny interview with Coppola when he was making the film. He was going on and on about the talent and brilliance of Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins. And then he said, "And we also have Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves, who are very pretty." Cracked me up. Still does when I think about it. :D

Haha. that's great.

The original Nosferatu is really creepy, in a good way. It ranks up there on my list of favorite films. But I've never seen the remake, which is silly because Herzog makes amazing films. I will definitely check it out.

I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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Abby1964 wrote: I didn't care too much for the remake of Nosferatu. I think Max Schrek created such a 'creepy' character with Count Orlock. I think Bela Lugosi sensed that and went in the other direction with Dracula Making him more of a suave character.

I agree vampires are supposed to be icky. In the original legends there is nothing sexy or suave about them. They are evil, ugly and bloodthirsty which was the big draw for me with 30 Days of Night. Those vampires were more in keeping with the original stories.

Ah, well different strokes I suppose. I like the Max Schreck original as well, but Herzog's remake is just gorgeous, especially the castle scenes...

I really liked 30 Days of Night too.


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