I have a tradition every Halloween, I grab a tall glass of red wine, a warm blanket, turn off all the lights and watch Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 epic Bram Stoker’s Dracula. To me, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a holiday about darkness and death. A lush, entrancing film that’s more about operatic set pieces and costumes than a clear narrative. It’s a satisfying visual masterpiece that I’ll take over a sack of candy any day. This last Halloween was no different, and in fact the next day I ended up watching another visually opulent and artistic movie, director Tarsem’s second major motion picture, The Fall.
And I noticed visual cues in the costumes that led me to IMDB, and reading all about the fascinating artist, set and costume designer Eiko Ishioka.