Friday, July 23, 2010
The film was a vehicle for the visual kei group Malice Mizer and is essentially a silent movie, with title cards in Japanese and (unfortunately literally translated) English. Members of the band played roles within the film and the bands pomp driven pseudo-classical gothic rock music provided the majestic soundtrack.
the 1992 Dracula and, I felt, Nosferatu. Some of the Dracula moments were easy to spot, such as Dracula and Cecil meeting on the street, a moment evoking Gary Oldman – even if Cecil's reaction were different to that of Mina in the earlier film. The Nosferatu aspect was more an underlying feel – certainly a shadow play moment owed as much to the 1992 Dracula as it did Nosferatu.
Interview with the Vampire to mind. Certainly the Elegant Gothic Aristocrat costuming style brings Neil Jordan’s opus to mind but a moment where a Byronic Vampire (Közi) dances with the corpse of a victim brought a similar moment with Lestat dancing with Claudia’s dead mother to mind, despite her death being from plague. There is a moment the almost recreates the Théatre des Vampires scenes from Interview.
The imdb page is here.