The giant Bat Monster in Bram Stoker’s Dracula was a highlight of this film from the second it pops into frame upside down, until it withdraws into the shadows and dissolves into a streaming river of rats!
“Look what your God has done to me!” Dracula
Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 take on Bram Stoker’s Dracula had expectations impossible to meet… think Apocalypses Now and The Godfather in the realm of horror, but still there is so much to love in this film!
This film has many highs and lows, but for all it’s flaws it is moments like this one showing the enraged Dracula in mid-transformation, that makes the film so memorable! This image of the giant bat creature has affected almost all vampire movies since and you can see a direct lineage to Guillermo del Toro’s the Master in his series The Strain.
This monster was created entirely with traditional practical effects and prosthetics. The use of the booming sound when it walks is particularly effective. The film won Academy Awards for best make-up and sound editing.