Hollywood has had its fair share of historically troubled productions. Whether it was casting changes, actor deaths, fired directors, in-production rewrites, constant delays, budget cuts, or studio edits, these films had every intention to be a blockbuster but were beset with unforeseen disasters. Sometimes huge hits, sometimes box office bombs. Rarer still are the movies that, while they’re shooting, seem like disasters in the making but wind up being classics.
Francis Ford Coppola crafted a unique and gorgeous twist on the legendary vampire with the 1992 horror-romance BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA (the inadvertent result of a GODFATHER PART III misfortune). But the director certainly didn’t make it easy for himself, with an intensely method lead actor, personality conflicts, overly ornate costumes, studio squabbles, and all the challenges of using obsolete practical effects. Grab your crucifix and sharpen your stakes as we look at “WTF Happened to BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA!”