Thursday, Oct. 24
Tickets for “Nightmare on Franklin Street” feature films are $10 for adults and $8 for children, seniors, military and Tampa Theatre members. Double-feature tickets (one admission for each of these two films) are available for $15 for adults and $13 for children, seniors, military and Tampa Theatre members at the box office, located at 711 N. Franklin Street in downtown Tampa, or online (service fees apply.)
Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi) arrives in London and immediately works to enrapture and transform into vampires young Lucy Weston (Frances Dade) and her friend Mina Seward (Helen Chandler). After he succeeds in turning Lucy and Mina’s health suddenly deteriorates, Mina’s father (Herbert Bunston), calls in a specialist, Professor Abraham Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan). Van Helsing quickly recognizes Dracula’s vampirism, and sets about saving Mina, becoming Dracula’s archenemy in the process.
1931′s DRACULA was the first screen version of Bram Stoker’s famous tale and remains arguably the most influential of the legend’s film versions. It launched Lugosi’s career in horror movies and forever invited vampires across Hollywood’s threshold. 1931/Not rated/1h 15m
Count Dracula (played with irresistible intensity by Gary Oldman) reunites with his soul mate, Mina (Winona Ryder), after four centuries. Mina’s friend Lucy (Sadie Frost) succumbs to the deadly bite of Dracula while Renfield (Tom Waits), locked in an asylum, eagerly waits for his master’s return. Mina’s fiance, Jonathan Harker (Keanu Reeves), with the help of the eccentric Professor Van Helsing (Anthony Hopkins), attempts to save Mina’s life and soul before she can become Dracula’s eternal bride.
In his version of the oft-told tale, Francis Ford Coppola takes Bram Stoker’s archetypical horror story and accentuates the romantic angle. Blood still flows in large amounts, and Coppola opted to do all the eye-pleasing visual effects in-camera, utilizing shadow puppets, smoke, miniatures, and other time-honored tricks of the trade – creating a visual style not unlike that of a storybook come to life. 1992/Rated R/2h 8m