Bram stokers Dracula was first published in 1897, and over the past century the character has come to life dozens of times. While some might argue that the character’s most defining interpretations came in the 1922s Nosferatu or the years 1931 Dracula, the famous filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola marked the character with Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1992, with Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and Anthony Hopkins. Almost 30 years later, Mondo is celebrating that seminal horror story by releasing the film’s soundtrack on vinyl, with the album set to go on sale this Wednesday, August 25 at 12 p.m. CT. You can try to get the record at MondoRecordShop.com.
Mondo describes the outing, “Deep in the Carpathian Mountains, in the land of Transylvania, lies the castle of one who would have domain over all evil on Earth … and with that blood and fury comes the captivating music and hypnotic Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Directed by cinema legend Francis Ford Coppola, the film revisits the original text from 1897 for a unique and bloody vision. For the score, Coppola chose the great Polish composer Wojciech Kilar, whose dark themes and dark choral textures have become the standard of vampire cinema music. Working with Coppola’s vision of the film as a tragic love story, Kilar evoked a heartbreakingly beautiful yet violent symphonic poem that exquisitely sums up the darkness and passion of Stoker’s classic tale. However, love never dies, and neither does good music. “
The details on the vinyl are as follows:
- Music by Wojciech Kilar. Original song by Annie Lennox. Work of JC Richard. Pressed onto 180 gram transparent red and purple splash vinyl. Also available in 180 gram black vinyl. Housed inside a gatefold sleeve. Liner notes by Charlie Bridgen. $ 30
One of the last major attempts to bring the character to the big screen came in 2014. Dracula unknown, which served as a sort of prequel to the events recounted in the novel. This movie was set to kick off Universal Pictures’ “Dark Universe” of reboots focused on universal monsters, although it was a financial disappointment the studio changed its plans. Instead, the shared universe officially kicked off with The Mummy in 2017, but the disappointing reception of that film saw the Dark Universe be almost entirely done away with.
Following the success of The invisible Man in 2020, several projects under development are inspired by Dracula.
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