Corrected entry: Something is very off about Jonathan's escape from Dracula's castle. He steps out of a window and onto a small ledge. For effect, he looks down at his feet and sees the cliff plunging down from his position. Jonathan then creeps sideways until he reaches a corner. As he rounds the corner, he appears to almost roll off it, as though it was a flat surface, and hits the water almost flat as well, rather than vertically. It seems that the crew used a standard set for the first few shots and then laid the set down for Keanu Reeves to creep along on his back for the later shots.


Correction: The scene is supposed to be a little "off". We have previously seen the strangeness of some odd gravitational effects (the oil/perfume dripping upwards) - this scene is supposed to show again how supernatural Castle Dracula is.

Corrected entry: When the carriage that brings Jonathan to the castle pulls away, you see the tracks of the wheels in the dust, but no horse hoofprints.

Correction: Because the horses are supernatural.

Corrected entry: At the beginning, when Vlad and his wife are parting, as his wife grabs his shoulder, you can hear that the armor is plastic.

Correction: Plastic and thick leather can sound very similar.

Corrected entry: When Mina first meets Dracula, she asks Dracula if he knows her husband Jonathon. At this point in the movie Mina and Jonathon haven't yet gotten married.

Correction: No, but she wants to get away from this stranger who accosts her in the street and is bothering her. She lets him believe she has a protective husband nearby that will drive him off if necessary.


Corrected entry: When Mina drops the small bottle, as Prince Vlad catches it, the liquid is yellow. When his hand is magically higher up a second later, it's obviously not the same bottle; the liquid is much darker. (00:44:00)


Correction: It all happens in a single shot, so the difference is probably just due to lightning. It could've been intentional to subtly show Draculas' supernatural abilities, but that is doubtful. There is no reason to believe it is anything but that Dracula is now holding the bottle with his full hand, reducing the amount of light reaching the bottle, making it appear darker.

Corrected entry: Before the blood transfusion, Van Helsing says, "I've only experimented. Landsteiner's method". The first one of Karl Landsteiner's epochal articles was published in 1900, three years after the movie is set. (00:57:25)


Correction: Landsteiners' groundbreaking work was in compatibility of individual blood groups. Clearly neither van Helsing nor anyone else in the room even considers the blood type of either the donor or the recipient of the blood. Lucy survived the transfusions though sheer luck (either because the donors were of the correct blood types, or because of her new vampiric nature). Van Helsing was talking about some other work of Landsteiner, probably fictional. This may still qualify for a factual error, but it is a different mistake altogether.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Dracula discovers Elisabeta's dead body at the foot of the altar, she is dry except for a few spots of blood and water on the suicide note in her hand, and the running drops of blood at the side of her mouth. In the previous scene, Elisabeta was supposed to have died from plunging herself into the river.

Correction: It's not clear how long it's been since her body was pulled from the river; there's no reason why it couldn't have dried.

Corrected entry: Lucy gives Mina her engagement ring as an early wedding present but can be seen wearing the same ring when Dracula kills her later in the film after he's transformed himself into a wolf.

Correction: It might have just been similar-looking. We don't see it in detail during that scene.

Correction: I've examined both scenes closely and while the ring Lucy wears when Dracula kills her has a similar design to the one she gives to Mina, it is a different ring.

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Corrected entry: Near the end of the movie,they say that Dracula's home is in Romania. Dracula lives in Transylvania,the time is the end of the 19th century (about 1890).Transylvania belonged to Hungary until 1917, not to Romania.

Correction: Actually, Dracula was only born in Transylvania, he lived in Targoviste, the royal court in Walachia, which is a part of what became part of Romania in the 1860s. Being that by birth Vlad Dracula is from Transylvania, there is no error, and we can assume he in fact merely went to the region of his birth. Transylvania is the setting of Stoker's book, and this production of Dracula attempted to combine the real history of Vlad Dracula with the Transylvanian fiction of the book.

Correction: The movie never actually states that Dracula lives in Romania: After Jonathan escapes from Dracula's castle, Mina merely says that her fiancé is in a convent there. In the train scene at the start of the film, Jonathan states that the district where Dracula's castle is located is on the border of three states, Transylvania, Moldavia and Bukovina; Moldavia was part of Romania at the time the movie is set. Presumably, Jonathan escaped across the border to Romania after his ordeal.

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Corrected entry: Jonathon stamps some legal papers as Dracula stands next to him. Dracula claps his hands together and on the wall behind him, his shadow then claps its hands together. The two are not in sync. Since Dracula's shadow is supposed to be a reflection of his true intentions and later is shown strangling Harker's shadow, it's possible this miscontinuity was done intentionally.

Correction: Right, this was done intentionally, not a mistake at all. It's so obvious that the hand clap isn't in sync, the movie makers are using it to tell us to keep an eye on the shadows, without being TOO obvious. I mean, Jonathan doesn't turn around and say 'Hey, your shadow is goofy...'

Corrected entry: When Wynona Rider (as Dracula's wife) receives the fake message of her husband's death, she commits suicide by jumping off a cliff into a raging river below. When Dracula comes back from battle, she's laid out on the floor of the chapel, completely dry, holding a suicide note, and with only a trickle of blood coming out of her mouth. Wouldn't she be significantly injured from such a fall? And how exactly did she get to the chapel floor?

Correction: The priests got her out of the river and placed her on the floor infront of the cross to pray over her, and that is how Vlad found her.

Corrected entry: When Madame Mina and that guy get married, they are married in an Eastern Orthodox Church, but the priests make the sign of the cross with their right hands. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the sign of the cross is made with the left hand.

Correction: In the Eastern Orthodox Church the sign of the cross is made with the RIGHT hand never with the left.

Corrected entry: When Prince Vlad enters the chapel to find Elisabeta dead, the floor in front of the baptismal font is clean, but when he tilts the basin, stains of Elisabeta's blood can be seen on the floor (best seen in the overhead shot). (00:03:10 - 00:04:10)


Correction: Elisabeta drowned; the only blood we see is by her mouth. The red patch on the floor is just a shadow - this becomes apparent when it follows the priest as he moves.

You are confusing the blood stains by the baptismal font (sitting at her feet) with the shadow above her head: As Vlad enters the chapel, the camera slowly pans toward Elisabeta and the floor in front of the font is clean. In the high angle shot where Vlad cries out and gets up, we see two small pools of Elisabeta's blood in front of the font. In the following close-up of the font falling, we see a pool of blood at the bottom of the shot which is then washed across the floor by the holy water.

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Corrected entry: When Jonathan is closing the transactions in Dracula's castle, a huge map of London can seen on the wall. There's a long wideshot where the camera pans along with Dracula's shadow on the map, and every inch of the map is revealed. Then, when Dracula mentions Renfield, Renfield's card, pinned to the map, appears out of nowhere. (00:15:45)


Correction: The shot of Renfield's card is meant to give the audience a visual representation of who he is. The card is not pinned on the map that is shown in the previous shots.


Corrected entry: When Lucy is walking through the garden maze at night, her reddish-orange gown reaches her feet, but after the wind sweeps by her legs, the gown is knee length. When Mina leads her back to the house, it goes back to its original length. (00:39:50)


Correction: The dress that Eiko Ishioka has designed for this shot consists of a corset that reaches up until the bases of thighs and the rest of the dress is made of pieces of very thin fabric. And that's why when the wind blew the dress swooshed of her legs. Here's the picture that shows how the dress was built. http://www.thehunchblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/oc-lucy.jpg.

Corrected entry: In the party scene where Lucy is receiving her guests the 'cowboy' character leaves his hat on the sofa, where it is sat on. A moment later he is holding it in his hand and it is in perfect shape. (00:22:25)

Correction: This is incorrect. After Dr. Seward sits on Quincey's hat, he gives the hat to Quincey in the same shot. The hat is not seen again for the rest of the scene.


Corrected entry: Dracula's castle contains steel beams. Steel had at that time only been around for 23 years in England, which is rather short to have made it into a castle centuries old in the middle of nowhere.

Other mistake: When Dr. Seward first goes to see Renfield, he gets bitten on the right side of his neck, but then grabs the left side as if in pain. (00:26:00)

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Dracula: Is this my reward for defending God's church?
Priest: Sacrilege.
Dracula: I RENOUNCE GOD! I RENOUNCE GOD! I shall rise from my own death, to avenge hers with all the powers of darkness.

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Trivia: When Mina recalls her previous life as Elisabeta, she says she remembers a land beyond a great forest. "Land beyond the forest" is the literal meaning of Transylvania.

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Question: Why would the brides lay out in the open when they slept? After 400 years wouldn't they know better? Also, Are they falling in love with Harker?

Answer: It's unlikely they were falling in love with Harker: they are sadistic, baby-eating monsters who regarded Harker as food and a temporary plaything. As for them sleeping in the open, the local populace dreads and avoids Dracula's castle, so there's hardly any fear of intruders. Van Helsing did enter and kill them, but they reckoned, mistakenly, that he too would be too afraid to do so, especially after their horse-mauling escapades the previous night.

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Answer: They are lesser vampires whose power is tied to Dracula, who in turn is entirely preoccupied with Mina. And as Van Helsing noted, vampires are weak at daytime, further reducing their ability to sense unwanted visitors. And a decapitated vampire, in this universe and most others, is dead and cannot be resurrected, ever.

Jukka Nurmi

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