I first saw this movie when I was a little kid, during one of my moms "gray" movie marathons. She would make popcorn and we would all curl up on the couch to watch whatever black and white movie happened to be on. I loved October best because the movies were always about vampires and werewolves- I loved them even then.
Dracula (1931) is credited with being the first American movie to be based off the Stoker novel, although most had already seen the foreign film Nosferatu and the subsequent remake. Bela Lugosi popularized the vampire character with the now campy phrase, " I vant to drink your blood" but he also embodied how vampires looked and acted (at least according to 1930's movie-goers). He had the creepy stare and the thick Hungarian accent, along with some seriously dramatic music. Lugosi may not be the best vampire, but he was our first.
In keeping with tradition, I try to watch this classic vampire movie every October and soon I will curl up on the couch with my own two kids, pop some popcorn and introduce them to the wonders of Bela Lugosi.
I'm going to be reviewing classic and modern vampire movies a couple times a month (next time with pictures), and I hope to include trivia and little fact bites (a did you know sort of thing). If you have a favorite that you want to talk about, let me know. I'd love to start a comparison between classic and modern movies- like an evolution of the vampire.
What I really need is a rating system! Coffins and fangs come to mind, but what do you think? You know you vant to tell me. What should it be?
Anna D. aka lunaticcafe