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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Dracula's Portrayal Through The Ages!

Dracula is obviously a novel penned in 1897 by Bram Stoker, the nutty Irishman who started all the vampire phenomena to begin with in Western Culture.  Thank you Bram!  We all know that it was a way to talk about sex in the restricted Victorian culture in America and England and elsewhere.  Dracula took something from mainly women and submissive men, mainly removed blood from the neck, a sensual area, and did so with his mouth (teeth).  Its a metaphor for sexuality, being sexual, or whatever you wish to call it. 

Above -  Frank Langella as Dracula

Mr. Dracula has been adapted so many times in so many movies, its not even funny.  We all have our favorite actors who have played him.  I know I have mine!  (Christopher Lee).  Gary Oldman is actually my favorite actor, but I think Christopher Lee was more suited for the role physically as he looks like what I would expect Count Dracula to look like, but I will say, Gary Olman plays the crap out of that role.  He has the best Romanian accent ever, and actually becomes what you would expect the historical Prince Vladamir Tepesh (Dracula) to sound like.  The historical character probably looks nothing at all like we expect as he is romanticized, but we all want to see him as an attractive guy in the movies, because its harder to accept him if you don't see him that way.

Mr. Stoker also wrote a short story called Dracula's Guest, in which has become a film a few times.  I don't know how much I love that story, but still, you can see the far reach of the character.  Its genius!

Above (Left) Christopher Lee As Dracula
                                                              Above (Right) Bela Lugosi as Dracula

Vampire movies Resulting from Bram Stoker's Dracula

 Dracula (1931)
The Horror of Dracula (1958)
Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
Taste The Blood of Dracula
A.D. Dracula (1972)
Rockabilly Vampire
The Grave of Dracula
The Lost Boys
Dracula 2000
The Scars of Dracula
Nosferatu (1922)

Really, need I say more, the list absolutely could go on forever!

The Draculas

Christian Bale 
Willem DeFoe

Dracula & Vampire Movies
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