Even though there had been literally dozens of Dracula movies over the years, none of them captured the original story quite the same way as 1992 production Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Directed by the legendary Francis Ford Coppola with a cast including Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves and Anthony Hopkins, this bold take on the classic horror novel was unlike anything audiences had ever seen.

All these years later, Bram Stoker’s Dracula has not lost its power to thrill, enthrall and entertain – but did you know the following facts about the film?

20. Gary Oldman hired a voice coach to make his Dracula voice spookier

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Gary Oldman always gives his all to his roles, and he didn’t let up on Coppola’s film. Count Dracula is one of the most iconic monsters in all popular culture, so the English actor was determined to do it justice – and naturally, this meant that Oldman could not play the role with his native London accent.

To get his voice just right for his role, Oldman worked on an Eastern European accent, and sought to find a new vocal tone with the help of a voice coach. Under the coach’s guidance, Oldman was able to lower his voice by a whole octave, in order to give his Dracula the ghoulish tone he felt the part demanded.

19. The laws of physics work differently when Dracula is around

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During preproduction for the film, Francis Ford Coppola decided to implement an interesting concept. In order to really get across that the film was set in a supernatural world, the director decided that the laws of physics would not be the same when beings such as vampires were around.

To convey this, Coppola decided that shadows would move independently, with rats running across the ceiling and water dripping upwards. This wasn’t the only magic featured on the set, as Coppola had a few tricks up his sleeve. The team consulted with a real life magician in order to perfect the scene where Dracula’s brides rise up from the bed.

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