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Dracula 2000 | 2000 | R | - 6.8.7

In this contemporary adaptation of the perennial tale Dracula (Gerard Butler) is freed from his coffin by thieves and travels to New Orleans. Vampire hunters Christopher Plummer and Jonny Lee Miller follow and predictable carnage ensues. Also with Justine Waddell, Gerard Butler, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Jennifer Esposito, Danny Masterson, Jeri Ryan, Lochlyn Munro, Sean Patrick Thomas, Omar Epps and Shane West. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - During one sex scene the couple is shown to writhe and roll while mostly covered in sheets. The woman briefly shows her breasts. There is some sexual innuendo and several instances of very explicit sex talk. We see the silhouettes of several women who are dancing in the nude. A woman lifts her top to reveal her breasts to a Mardi Gras crowd (the sequence is very fast and to the side of the screen and barely discernable). Dracula and other vampires bite into necks, and in some instances lick faces as well as blood, in a rather sensual manner. A woman is in her underwear and several women are shown exposing varying degrees of cleavage. One woman talks about her prominent breasts and another woman begins to pull up her hospital gown while acting in an overtly sexual manner (she shows only her legs). We see scantily clad women on a few postcards and several women in a music video are evidently topless although their chests are obscured by fuzzy pixels.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - There are many close-ups of vampires biting people in the neck. Invariably the neck is bloody and has the tell-tale bite marks. A vampire uses his nail to gently and slowly make small incisions on several women's necks; he then proceeds to lick the blood. Several vampires have their heads cut off: we see one vampire's head land in a dumpster and we see a headless body. Two men are impaled by metal doors equipped with long spikes: Both men are very bloody, and their blood is absorbed into a coffin. A vampire is shot several times. He reaches in and pulls out the bullets from his chest. Several vampires are shot with short silver arrows; the scenes are graphic and we see the arrows stick out of the vampires' chests. Several men trap a vampire in a metal cage and proceed to impale him with spears from all sides (a man is accidentally also impaled in the shoulder). A man drives an arrow into a vampire's eye and kills several vampires by driving stakes and knives into their chests. A man cuts his finger, and a leach attaches itself to his eyelid -- he manages to pull it off after several attempts and steps on it, squishing it. A sailing ship is revealed to contain many dead and bloodied bodies. We also see several dead bodies in a building. Presumably all have been killed by vampires. A man's body is discovered under a bed. He seems to have been impaled through the bed and onto the floor. A man is shown hanging from a tree, and in an extended scene we see a man hanging off the side of a building and being strangled (a neon cross with a picture of Christ essentially serves as the gallows). We see him in close-up as he gasps for breath. Sunlight causes a vampire to burst into flames; he burns for a while -- we see his dangling silhouette engulfed in flames. A crypt is decorated with many vampire skulls with protruding teeth. A vampire corpse in a coffin is emaciated and very white; leeches are attached to his skin. A man uses a stun gun on another man, and a man is knocked out by some sort of white powder. We hear about a plane crash and see the broken-up plane resting in a swamp. A man is pulled through a two-way mirror, shattering the glass.

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LANGUAGE 7 - About 16 F-words, a few scatological terms, a couple of anatomical terms, several religious profanities and religious exclamations, and a few milder obscenities.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Dracula and vampires, betrayal, immortality, dreams, Christianity, Jesus and Judas Iscariot (please see the Note below for more, but be warned that it reveals a major plot element).
MESSAGE - Even supernatural beings like Dracula can be killed eventually -- at least until the next Dracula movie.
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