One name is synonymous with Classic Horror:
Dracula, the ultimate Vampire! This Horror Icon has a rich history and has been featured in many different mediums: Novels, Movies, TV, Comic Books, Live Shows and of course, Collectibles! Tonight, we will focus on a few different iterations of Count Dracula…
Of course you all know Dracula was introduced in the book “Dracula” by Writer Bram Stoker way back in 1897. The story is told in a sort of journal or diary form, chronicling Count Dracula’s trek from Transylvania to England.
Actor Bela Lugosi played Dracula in the Classic 1931 Black and White Film from Universal Studios.
This movie would cement the image of Dracula in Pop Culture: Slick Black hair with a widow’s peak, sharp teeth, creepy smile and Black cloak. Interestingly, Bela Lugosi only technically played Dracula in two feature films despite being typecast for the role.
Before playing Count Dooku in Star Wars: Episode 2 & 3, actor Christopher Lee performed as another Count, Count Dracula!
Christopher Lee played Dracula in several Hammer Horror movies starting in 1957 and continued to play Dracula in movies all the way until 1976!
Marvel Comics even took a stab (ouch, bad pun even by my standards) at Dracula by giving him his own ongoing title: The Tomb of Dracula! This comic book series featured Dracula mostly as an antagonist, going up against a team of Vampire hunters, but he would occasionally have to team up with them to take on greater foes.
The Tomb of Dracula issue #10 introduced readers to the character Blade, who would go on to be played by Actor Wesley Snipes in the Live Action Blade movie series.
In 1979, Dracula was featured in a Disco Comedy movie called Love at First Bite, played by actor George Hamilton who you may recognize from another recent Horror franchise, the current Kentucky Fried Chicken commercials.
In 1992, Dracula returned to movie screens with huge fanfare and pedigree with Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which was directed by veteran filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. The movie starred Actor Gary Oldman as Dracula and featured an all-star cast including Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder.
More recently, Universal Studios set out to reboot their Horror franchise with new movies featuring their catalog of Horror Icons. The first movie of that shared universe focused on Dracula, and was called: Dracula Untold.
There also was a recent short-lived TV show called Dracula that took some interesting liberties with the character, such as making him relocate to the United States and become an inventor similar to Nicola Tesla.
So here we are at the end of my Post where I like to personalize things a little with my own opinion or amusing anecdote about how the topic interests me. All I can add is that I remember a shy 8th grader who had just moved to California from Hawaii who really didn’t fit in ended up playing as Dracula in a Drama class school play. Playing that role helped him come out of his shell a little more and helped mold him into the person he was destined to become. That 8th grade Dracula was me!
(Sorry I don’t have a pic of the incident, that would really tie things together… Oh well, here’s a picture of a Dracula Funko Pop! just pretend thats me in 8th grade!)
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