Day 17: Last weekend was full of clowns, this weekend will be vampires. Today will be the most famous of them all, Dracula. Although the modern vampire story would come from the same writing contest that brought us Frankenstein, many think of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel as the beginning. Dracula purchases land in England in order to establish a new home with fresh blood, only to be thwarted by Dr. Abraham Van Helsing.
In 1922, the German silent film Nosferatu is released, changing many details including the vampire’s name to avoid copyright. The character’s next big screen performance is Universal’s Dracula in 1931, starring Bela Lugosi. Lugosi will long be considered classic Dracula, with his suave persona, eastern european accent, and hypnotic stare. It is hard not to think of him as Dracula, which unfortunately for remainder of his acting career, many others thought the same.
Many more Dracula’s would come and go, notably Christopher Lee ( Horror of Dracula 1958), and Gary Oldman (Bram Stoker’s Dracula 1992). Dracula’s Filmography (including TV) at IMDB lists 554 titles with the character. Mel Brooks also took a crack at the character in the hilarious Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
Did you know: On-screen vampires didn’t have fangs until 1953’s Turkish Drakula İstanbul’da.