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Move over Count Dracula, It’s Time for Count Yorga to Take the Limelight

Everyone knows Count Dracula. Even if you’re not a vampire movie fanatic, you would have heard the name probably as a threat from your mother when you were young to go to bed early, or else Count Dracula will come to your room.

Vampire lovers know Count Dracula very well just how they know the back of their hands. Who could blame them? The man is not only the king of vampires, but he’s also featured in practically almost every vampire movie you can get your hands on. There’s Dracula, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Bram Stoker’s Dracula to name a few. There’s no doubt Count Dracula is a great vampire, but did you know that there may be a better vampire? And guess what? He’s a Count too!

Count Dracula’s counterpart is no other than Count Yorga. Have not heard the name? Count Yorga, Vampire is a super low budget vampire movie from 1970 about a vampire by the name of, you guessed it, Count Yorga. He may have a lot of similarities when it comes to appearance and actions with Count Dracula, but he’s very obviously not Count Dracula.

If you’re not convinced that Count Yorga is better than the most well-known Count Dracula, here are some of the reasons that could switch you to the other side of the wagon.

  1. It Hits Right Off the Bat That Count Yorga Is A Vampire

There’s no vampire movie that is as black and white as who’s the vampire as this film. Just from the title itself, you would instantly know right off the bat that the vampire in this movie is no other than Count Yorga. There’s no pretense or disguise in this film; you won’t have to go through unnecessary investigation and wrongly conclusion as to who is the vampire and who’s not.

  1. His Fashion Sense is Always on Flick

All vampires are known to be good dressers. Who would not look good in an all-black ensemble with a flashy cape? Even Dracula could probably grace the cover of Vogue magazine. All vampires, including Count Dracula, may be flashy dressers but no one can top Count Yorga. With his killer sideburns, shiny black cape and wide lapels, he can certainly take the cover and center page of all fashion magazines.

  1. The Score is Music to the Ear

We all know that the ’70s are filled with some amazing music. Some of the greatest hits that are still popular until today came from this era, and some of the greatest artist too! There’s Billy Joel, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin and of course, the Count Yorga, Vampire soundtrack. The scoring in this movie did a good job in not just setting the eerie mood but also in elevating the movie’s scary scenes to another level.

  1. The Opening Narrator Did a Great Job

The voiceover that did the narration at the opening part of the film instantly draws moviegoers into a hypnotic abyss. While other vampire movies bore you with yawn-inducing narration, it’s completely a different story in this film. The great classic actor George Macready absolutely did an epic opening narration. Watchers can’t simply resist absorbing everything he’s saying.

  1. It Opened The Door for Slasher Movies

Slasher films are the sub-genre of horror films which involve a violent psychopath stalking and murdering a group of people, usually by use of bladed tools. Some of the most notable films in this genre are The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Scream, Friday the 13th and I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Though it became popular in the ’80s, Count Yorga, Vampire may have been the first slasher movie. You get a lot of Friday the 13th’s formula of “young people have sex, subsequently get brutally attacked by a stalker in the woods” in this film.

  1. It Gives a No-Nonsense Medical Advice

Sure, this may not be Grey’s Anatomy but the movie features a superb medical advice. Let’s pay attention to how the doctor in this movie gave his two-cents to a character that has been drained of a significant amount of blood by Yorga: “When you get home, I want you to stuff yourself with steaks. Steaks! I want you to eat them as rare as possible. That goes for the next few days.” And if this is not badass enough, he said this dialogue while smoking a cigarette in his patient’s face. How cool is that?

  1. It’s Intended To Be A Soft Core Porno

Yep, you read that right. The movie was originally intended to be a soft core porno with its title The Loves of Count Iorga, Vampire. The lead star Robert Quarry said he would only take the role if it’s turned into a legitimate movie. And the rest became history. The film may have not turned out to be soft porn but some of the original scripts, such as where Count Yorga very creepily watches two of his buxom vampiresses embrace, were kept.

  1. Yorga Has So Many Fangs

Most vampires, including Count Dracula, have two fangs only. Whilst these are enough to drain their victim’s blood, Count Yorga won’t do with just two fangs. He has a mouth full of sharp teeth. Why make do with two when you can totally rock a mouth full of sharp fangs? Nothing is as terrifying as a vampire with a mouthful of sharp fangs.

  1. The Film is Packed With Vampire-Believers

While many of the vampire films feature skeptical individuals who would rather believe that a dead man with a bite in his neck is killed by a wild animal lurking in the forest, this film is packed with people who are very easy to accept that vampires are real. At the beginning of the film, people are already convinced that vampires really do exist even without strong evidence. It’s great refreshment rather than wasting your time watching these people doubt that there are indeed vampires in this world.

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Best Characters in the Underworld Series

Underworld may not be the best vampire series, but it’s definitely a good one nonetheless. Having five films in the series is a proof that the film has amassed a strong fan following. Though news was released that the production company is brewing a sixth film on the installment, many got their heart broken when Kate Beckinsale made an announcement that she is not reprising her role as Selene stating, “I wouldn’t return. I’ve done plenty of those.”

While fans are eagerly waiting what’s in store for them in the 6th movie now that they won’t witness Beckinsale’s smoking bad-ass portrayal anymore, let’s take a look back at some of the characters in the Underworld series that have left a strong mark on the heart of the moviegoers.

  1. Selene

Portrayed by: Kate Beckinsale

Film(s): Underworld (2003), Underworld: Evolution (2006), Underworld: Awakening (2012), Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)

The movie revolves around the main hero Selene, a vampire working as a Death Dealer. Her family was slaughtered by Lycans (werewolves) and since then, she made it her life mission to take down their species. She may be an eye candy with a strong and sassy character, but what makes Selene impressive is how she develops as a character. As the movie progresses and new films are released, she develops into a stronger and fiercer character.

  1. Michael Corvin

Portrayed by: Scott Speedman

Film: Underworld (2003), Underworld: Evolution (2006)

We all love an underdog story and Michael is a perfect example for this scenario. He was just a regular guy who got caught into otherworldly conflict and came out having to find out that he’s extraordinary. He discovered that he’s last of an ancient lineage and became the first vampire/Lycan hybrid. This gives him the strength and speed that neither vampire nor Lycan can surpass. Selene fell in love with him and their love bore a child named Eve.

  1. David

Portrayed by: Theo James

Film: Underworld: Awakening (2012), Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)

He was initially introduced as a poor replacement for Michael. Being the son of a Vampire Elder Thomas, David’s character developed in Blood Wars. He showed everyone that he’s perfect for the role of Selene’s ally. Many of the fans are still wishing to have Michael back, but it’s hard not to warm up and love David.

  1. Lena

Portrayed by: Clementine Nicholson

Film: Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)

Lena is a vampire warrior from Nordic Coven and a daughter of the coven’s leader, Vidar. She has one of the most enchanting eyes you probably ever seen. Lena is a mixture of weird and coolness which makes her quite relatable. She’s also a capable warrior who can take down Lycans with her weird super speed abilities and her sword and shield. A lot of fans are crossing their fingers to have her back in the next installment.

  1. Sonja

Portrayed by: Rhona Mitra

Film: Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)

It’s quite disheartening to hear that many fans don’t like Sonja, claiming that she’s a poor replacement for Selene. No one could possibly rock a leather outfit better than Kate Beckinsale, but Sonja won’t get left behind by a badass wagon. Her character is such a force to reckon with. For starters, her romance to Lucian sparked the origins of the war and it’s through her death that the war starts.

  1. Viktor

Portrayed by: Bill Nighy

Film: Underworld (2003), Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)

Born sometime in the 4th or early 5th century, Viktor was a former Hungarian general before he achieved the position of being a Vampire Elder. He’s the one to be blamed for the war and everything that’s happened as its aftermath. He disguises himself with his father figure but truthfully, he’s a self-absorbed creature who would do everything to maintain his power. He killed Sonja which started the war, adopted Selene after killing her family, and was killed by Selene in turn. Bill Nighy was perfect for the role of this vampire tyrant; he gave such an amazing performance that many consider his character as one of the most evil villain in the history of films.

  1. Quint Lane

Portrayed by: Kris Holden-Ried

Film: Underworld: Awakening (2012)

Dr. Lane’s son earned the term “super-lycan” thanks to his massive size and strength. Just like any other superheroes, Quint is seemingly immune to silver and has the ability to heal rapidly. He’s someone that you should not mess with; even Selene could not beat him in a combat. He’s a badass and a total death machine that can easily take down any of his opponents.

  1. Semira

Portrayed by: Lara Pulver

Film: Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)

Being one of the leaders of the Eastern Coven, Semira is a fiercely ambitious vampire who’s addicted to power and would do anything to stay powerful. She’s ambitious enough that she doesn’t care who gets in her way in seeking power. No one can make a web of deception better than Semira. It definitely requires skill to be cunning and deceptive just to get what you want.

  1. Marius

Portrayed by: Tobias Menzies

Film: Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)

Marius is a powerful Lycan leader who has evil in all sort of his being. He’s a pretty badass villain despite the fact that he has a pretty flat personality. He killed Michael and took his blood to empower himself. He even nearly beaten Selene to death.

  1. Marcus Corvinus

Portrayed by: Tony Curran

Film: Underworld: Evolution (2006)

One of the three sons of Alexander Corvinus and Helena, Marcus was the first true vampire. He is a pure Vampire Hybrid who attacks using talons on his wings, and also biting enemies on the neck. He also is a master swordsman, as evidenced when he first fought against the Lycans in their first war. His power is said to be stronger than Viktor and Selene. He has superhuman strength, stamina, speed and regenerative healing factor making him a scary opponent.

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6 Movies That Strayed Too Far From the Vampire Movie Genre

Nosferatu introduced us to a vampire genre and established some specific rules of what vampire should and shouldn’t do. This horror category film strictly followed that vampires have no stakes, no sunlight nor American citizenship. Vampire movies were initially coined as gore and dark-themed films that can scare the life out of you.

As the years go on though, the film has expanded into other genres. As the adaptation of the film varies, we have presented with different form of vampire films that strayed from its original genre. The genre has grown to encompass all types of movies from thriller to romance to comedy and everything in between. We’ve also witnessed different vampire forms. While these genres have expanded vampire fans, some of these films have made the ultimate horror film a cinematic joke.

Below are some of the vampire fans that may have ruined the genre.

  1. Near Dark

 

This movie may have received general positive reviews and even started cult followers, but it failed to satisfy the true-blue vampire fans. Instead of a pure vampire movie, Near Dark is more of a Western horror movie that is a darker version of Twilight 20 years earlier. Just like the Twilight movie, the plot of this film revolves around teenage love story. It may have tackled lots of traditional vampire legend, the film is a little too far-stretched from the original vampire theme in which they attempted to put bloodsuckers in a Western sort of biker movie. If you’re looking for a pure vampire movie, you would leave the theater unsatisfied and looking for more.

  1. BloodRayne

BloodRayne did not only manage to destroy the vampire movie genre but it also did the same with the video game film genre.

What could possibly go wrong in a film full of talented actors such as Billy Zane, Michael Madsen and Ben Kingsley?  For starters, we should blame Director Uwe Boll for the failure of this movie. It may have been shot in Romania which is known as the legendary home of vampires, but the director poorly squeezed so many genres in one film just to widen his target market. The film lacks authenticity with its terrible writing, poorly choreographed fight scenes and tacky costumes. Every potential audience of different film genre has been alienated by this movie.  And just to add insult to injury, the movie was bad enough that even the actors playing on it themselves were never shy of letting the public and the director know how much the movie sucks.

  1. Queen of the Damned

We’ve all been warned by our parents that rock music is evil. And this movie has yet proven that rock music is a lame way of waking a vampire from years of hibernation. A vampire was not only woken up by ridiculous rock music but to add nonsense to the plot, he even became a lead singer of a rock band. Other vampires became enraged and envious of his newfound fame so they went after him to kill him, but are thwarted by a vampire queen. This may have given us a few laughs if it was a comedy film, but what’s sad is that it’s a serious attempt for a vampire movie. What’s even sadder is that the vampire queen was played by the late Aaliyah and this was her last role before she passed away. We surely don’t want to remember the great artist as the actress who played in a lame movie.

  1. Love at First Bite

 

From the title itself, you’d know that this movie is nothing but a big joke.

There’s a vampire trying so hard not to vomit in his mouth every time Love at First Bite is played. The Dracula in this movie is played by George Hamilton who after being evicted from his Transylvania castle finds himself in New York City.

This movie may be perfect for a girl sleepover with its slapsticks and puns but not for those who truly respect the real vampire genre. There’s nothing new or noteworthy in the plot or cast, only some chuckles you’d get from jokes after jokes hurled at the audience. If there’s one thing that is successful about this movie, it’s the fact that that there hasn’t been a sequel made despite several attempts.

  1. Underworld

 

Many fans may seem to love Underworld but it has nothing to do with their affinity to vampires. Thanks to Kate Beckinsale’s smoking hot body, the film series has developed steady followers of fans. Aside from Beckinsale being an eye candy, we can’t deny the fact that the visuals in the film are remarkably striking.

The plot and the acting in the film though were done poorly that they outshine the positives. The film demonstrates the tension between vampires and species of werewolves but it failed to establish a strong division between audience just like how Team Edward and Team Jacob did in Twilight. Action lovers and teenage dudes may probably like this movie but critics and serious vampire fans hate this movie.

  1. Once Bitten

 

 

Though Jim Carrey may have done a lot of bad movie, it’s consoling to think that Once Bitten may not be the worst movie that he has done. What’s depressing though is that this may have been the worst vampire movie ever created.

Originally created to be a comedy, the director may have achieved its goal of providing laughs to the audience but it did no justice to the real vampire genre. It only made vampires laughable instead of creepy and mysterious. As expected, the transformation of Jim Carrey from human to vampire was overacted. The most climax that you get from the movie is a sex scene in a coffin and a dance-off in a high school. This might be your go-to movie if you had a bad day and wanted to have a laugh but not if you’re a serious vampire movie lover. And it doesn’t help the fact that the timeline in this movie gets a bit muddled, the premise is slightly confusing and the genre here is more teen sex comedy than vampire flick.

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7 Things “The Lost Boys” Could Teach Us about Vampires

The 1980s were loaded with vampire movies, from The Hunger (1983) and Once Bitten (1985) to Fright Night (1985) and Near Dark (1987). But only a selected few of these movies have proven to stand the test of time quite like The Lost Boys. The dark teen-vamp film managed to consistently rank as one of the best vampire films of all time and it also became a cult classic.

Starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, Dianne Wiest, Alex Winter, and a few other people, including Jamison Newlander and Corey Feldman as the Frog brothers, this film is a classic vampire piece with all the trimmings. The story revolves around a recently divorced mother and her two sons moved to Santa Carla. While the younger brother, Sam, was busy befriending a couple of seemingly insane comic store assistants, his older brother, Michael, get tangled in with a gang of biker vampires. As Michael began turning into a vampire, Sam, with the help of Frog brothers, did everything they can to save his older brother.

Here are some vampire facts that The Lost Boys have taught us.

  1. They Can Take You All The Way To The Edge

Before even you start making a decision to hang out with vampires, you should know that they are totally extreme creatures. Just like terrorists or energy drinks, they are always on the edge and only live to get radical. There fearless attitude probably comes from the fact that they can’t die. So whether they are riding their dirt bikes through a thick fog or rocking out to a sexy saxophone solo by Tim Cappello, they always go to the extremes and get the best experience out of everything.

If you’re fortunate enough to hang out with a bunch of vampires, after all the shocks and adrenaline, you’d get to realize that it can totally be an enriching experience. After nearly falling off a cliff just to keep up with your vampire friends on dirt bikes, you’d get to appreciate your life and value every moment that you are alive.

  1. Vampires Like to Hang Out Under Bridges

We all have places that we love to hang out to – coffee shops, bars, restaurants, book stores, parks, museum and the likes. Vampires, on the other hand, are different from normal people in so many ways. One of these huge differences is the hang out place. You can hardly see vampires chilling in coffee shops or bars; instead you’d see them under bridges. They find the underside of a suspension bridge ultimately homey. The ones with a freight train passing directly overhead are their favorite. While we normal people find this place outrageously dangerous, vampires get their fill of extreme thrill by dangling over a foggy, bottomless abyss. They love anything that smells death-defying and reckless.

  1. They Can Easily Play With Your Mind

Just like many supernatural creatures, vampires are capable of playing with your mind. They can change your perceptions and mess up with your brain. If you ever become a victim of a vampire’s naughtiness, you may end up doing some crazy things unconsciously. Just like a little puppet in a show, vampires can make you do things according to their biddings.

  1. They Find Pleasure in Killing People

While it’s classy and ritualistic to drink blood of a rhinestone-encrusted 40 oz., it’s pretty boring and takes out the F in F-U-N. Yes, vampires need blood to survive, but they don’t just gulp gallons of blood for the sake of living. They enjoy the whole process of it – starting from hunting their victim to sinking their fangs and draining the blood out of you. And mind you, they can be pretty creative and sadistic in taking down their victim. We may be accustomed to seeing vampires biting their victim’s neck, but The Lost Boys show us how to do it even better. Let’s take a cue from Kiefer Sutherland when he bit through this victim’s skull.

Killing people may be a basic need to survive, but they make sure that they get the most fun out of it.

  1. It’s Quite Easy Becoming One of Them

One of the most common misconceptions about vampire lore is that you have to be bitten by a vampire to turn into one. While a vampire’s bite can certainly turn you into one of them, this is not the only way of becoming a part of their herd. And it does not require you a tremendous amount of effort like climbing Mount Everest or killing a lion with your bare hand. You can turn yourself into a vampire in as easy as drinking a blood out of a rhinestone-encrusted 40 oz. bottle.

Of course, the blood needs to be the head vampire’s blood in a group or “coven”. Simply hang out with the most bad-ass vamp in the group and have a fill of his blood to become one of them.

  1. Vampires DO Cry

We always perceive vampires as aggressive, terrifying and dangerous creatures of the night. What we fail to perceive though that deep down in their layered punk rock costumes lie a little boy who needs affection and care. It may seem astounding to believe but vampires have soft spot too. When they are not busy being assholes and bullies, they can be gentle creatures too. In every brave vampire in a rider bike lays a cared little boy who lost his mommy. Offer to give him some chocolate cake and when he’s not looking, impale him on a wooden stake so that he dies.

  1. They Can Really Do a Number on Your Plumbing

There may be several methods of taking a vampire down, but one that you should never try is dunking them into a bathtub full of garlic and holy water. You can eventually kill them in the end, but the process is excruciating and extremely unpleasant. Vampires will not only emit a bloodcurdling scream but they will also have their blood and flesh shoot out of all of your sinks and pipes. You certainly can’t afford hiring a plumber that can scrape melted vampire out of their pipes.

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Worst Portrayals of Dracula in a Movie

Most of us consider Dracula as the most popular monster in horror movies. His character was portrayed by so many actors and has been presented in different angles. Dracula should be as charismatic and evil and scary as he was in the original novel of Bram Stoker, yet there are some adaptations that simply did not portray the prince of darkness too well.

Below are some of the movies that portrayed Dracula very wrong.

  1. Dracula Vs. Frankenstein

This movie did not only fail the expectation of moviegoers to see Dracula and Frankenstein fighting, but the entire plot does not seem logical as well.

The film shortly fell apart before it was even completed; it started as a generic horror movie that did not star Dracula or Frankenstein. The director then decided to add Frankenstein to the footage and when this did not work out well, he decided to add Dracula as well. Robert Engel, a former stock broker, was cast as Dracula supposedly because the director thought Engel’s look was perfect as the king of vampires. What’s sad though is that Engel looked more like Mr. Kotter from late-’70s sitcom Welcome Back Kotter than Dracula.

For reasons unknown, Dracula wanted to bring Frankenstein back to life. When the monster awakens, he did not live up to the expectation of Dracula and started attacking everyone. Dracula was left with no option but to kill him and without paying attention to the time and the sun rising up, he died as well while trying to take down his creation. The film portrayed the most powerful vampire as a dumb and compulsive creature which is far from what he should be.

  1. Blade Trinity

Director David Goyer decided to add Dracula in the third and final movie in the Blade trilogy to rival other vampires. Dracula should be the ultimate evil that tramples the rest of his species, but instead the movie depicted the king of vampire as a slice of beefcake with a penchant for improbably collared shirts and Goth eye shadow. The fact that he calls himself as “Drake” is cringe-worthy enough, plus he possesses nothing of Dracula’s evil, cunning or charismatic side. He was more like a pimply Goth teen rather than the most feared vampire in generations.

  1. Dracula’s Dog

It’s a huge disappointment that Dracula does not show himself much in this movie; his only purpose and exposure in Dracula’s Dog is to bite a dog and turn it into a vampire. What could be the reason why Dracula go this low in his victim? This dog prevented Dracula in a bat form from drinking a peasant woman. Because he was not able to turn the peasant woman, he was so enraged that he turned the dog instead. Seriously, no pet of any kind should be able to outmaneuver the king of vampires. The fact that a dog did so in this movie makes Dracula’s Dog a lame Dracula movie.

  1. Dracula 2000

Dracula 2000 is not really the worst movie in this list. First, it’s quite interesting that this film presented a different twist in Dracula. The idea that he’s actually Judas Iscariot that was punished by God with awesome vampire powers after his betrayal with Jesus is pretty unique. It should have been a great vampire movie, but not so as an adaptation of Dracula. What’s even crazier is Gerard Butler’s Dracula’s ability to have sex so hard he and his paramour float until they hit the ceiling.

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  1. Dracula: Prince of Darkness

Christopher Lee may have been famous for his performances as Dracula in Hammer horror movies but his lack of dialogue especially in the second movie in the series does not bring justice to the king of vampires. In fact, he did not have any lines at all. He just hissed on this movie. Portraying Dracula as a being of horror and supreme evil is nearly impossible when he sounded nothing but an alley cat. According to rumors, Lee’s refusal to say his dialogue was because the lines were so dumb but the screenwriter said he didn’t write any.

  1. Van Helsing

In all fairness, Stephen Sommers’ big-budget monster action movie presented Dracula as a pretty evil creature. But the film was generally weird and overcomplicated as well as less interesting. Instead of being the ultimate evil, Dracula was more interested in being a father, even though his bat-babies need Frankenstein or werewolf to be born. And if this is not weird enough, the fact that he and Van Helsing are brothers chosen by Satan and God just adds another crazy to the already crazy plot.

  1. Dario Argento’s Dracula

It’s mind-boggling that the master of Italian horror movies such as Phenomena and Suspiria made such an impressive and bad adaptation of Dracula. It’s not enough that the movie in general is not scary at all, what’s even more disappointing is that Thomas Kretschmann’s titular vampire failed to be portrayed as an evil creature. If you think Dracula becoming a giant praying mantis monster at some point is ridiculous enough, wait until you see the dumbest thing Dracula did in this movie – paying for the school in his little town. Never in your wildest dream have you thought that Dracula would be famous for his championing of education and charitable nature.

  1. Vampirella

This movie is so unforgiving in so many ways. First, the plot where Dracula is an alien from a vampire planet named Drakulon who came to Earth after killing some kind of vampire council is already way out of line from the original concept of Dracula. Second, Dracula was played by unknown Roger Daltrey as a poor man’s Lestat, subsuming the original character for Anne Rice’s more popular vampire. Third, Dracula’s stage name “Jaimie Blood” was so lame. And of course, it’s unforgivable that Dracula was donning a ponytail in Jaimie Blood’s “performance.”

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8 Greatest Dracula Portrayal of All Time

One of the most original and famous vampire in the history of TV, books and films is Dracula. For centuries, he’s one of the iconic characters that have brought us sleepless nights and hair-rising moments.

There’s a certain charm in Dracula that makes him still existing even on the present days. There has been several adaptation of him – some portrayals were great while there are some that are clearly outstanding. As the years go by, we have been bestowed by many films that showcased Dracula, making each adaptation more interesting than the last.

Below is the list of films and portrayals that made Dracula a force of a character over the years.

  1. Dracula (1931) – Portrayed by Bela Lugosi

When you hear the word Dracula, the first iconic image that pops in everybody’s head is Lugosi. You are not a true-blue Dracula fan if you have not heard of the name Bela Lugosi.

Lugosi became popular in his adaptation of Dracula probably because this was the first official Dracula film ever made. Lugosi portrayed Dracula in a very mesmerizing and powerful way. With his amazing acting, he catapulted himself as one of the greatest Dracula portrayals of all time.

  1. Nosferatu (1922) – Portrayed by Max Schreck

This movie was beyond scary during its time. This Dracula adaptation film was based on the book and people were enthralled of this adaptation and the major differences it has from the book.

Though the film stick to the plot and key characters of the book, the portrayal of Max Schreck presented a different side of Dracula. He was portrayed as more demonic rather than humanistic. Overall, this particular film immediately became a classic for being truly scary in the 1920s, and yet, even modern day audience would find it still creepy. Just looking at him as Count Orlok will give you chills.

  1. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) – Portrayed by Klaus Kinski

Werner Herzog was successful in creating not just the most disturbing but also the scariest Dracula film of all time. Under his direction, Nosferatu made a strong impact in this film than it did to the novel.

Aside from excellent director, Klaus Kinski was perfect in this role. His portrayal of Dracula was more realistic than anything we have seen from any Dracula movies before. The novel may have been popular for its seductiveness but this film strayed from this theme. Kinski delivered an intense and great performacne where he showed a pathetic and sad angle of Dracula.

  1. Horror of Dracula (1958) – Portrayed by Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee gives the most seductive portrayal of Dracula. There’s no question how huge was the role of Lee in the success of this adaptation. Aside from his outstanding performance though, there were so many other qualities in the movie that made this version one of the greatest adaptions.

Though the movie lost a lot of disturbing elements because there was little to no gore in it, but the overall film was surprisingly scary enough thanks to the portrayal of talented actors and the use of eerie atmosphere. Christopher Lee turned into a massive star due to his impressive performance.

  1. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) – Portrayed by Gary Oldman

Also adapted from the book, the portrayal of Dracula in this film was exceptionally good. Gary Oldman embodied a perfect representation of Dracula. He was everything Dracula should be – unpredictable, an age switcher, sexually seductive, disturbing and most of all, scary.

Gary Oldman himself is already a force to reckon; he’s known to being an actor who can deliver every role that was given to him. Not only that, the film also included some stellar powerhouse such as Winona Ryder, Cary Elwes and Anthony Hopkins who delivered a stellar performance too.

The scenes in the move were realistically disturbing, with lots of gore and nudity in it. These two elements are what make a Dracula movie even terrifying.

  1. Drácula (1931) – Portrayed by Carlos Villarias

As disappointing as it may sound, only a few people saw this Italian version of Dracula as it was released in the same year as the American’s famous version. Many critics believe that this movie was way better than Bela Lugosi’s performance in the American version because not only was it more faithful to the novel, the portrayals are even better too.

The sets were identical in both version, but there’s a huge difference when it comes to the wardrobes. In this version, women wore more revealing clothing, making Dracula’s wives more sexually appealing. Carlos Villarias’s silly and humorous portrayal may have been criticized by many viewers but performances of other actors in the film, most especially Renfield, were praised as better than the American version.

Special effects and cinematography received positive reviews because the unorthodox approach suited the film really well. Critics who watched the Italian film felt that the adaptation of foreign Dracula was technically better compared to the American counterpart.

  1. Dracula (1979) – Portrayed by Frank Langella

Frank Langella was labelled as the most good looking and sexy Count Dracula of all time. Aside from his ridiculous good looks and charisma, his voice was also beautifully seductive which made his presence disturbing. Strangely though, women couldn’t resist being drawn and attracted to him instead of being scared. Langella portrayed exactly how Dracula should be and this adaption was generally entertaining.

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  1. Dracula (1973) – Portrayed by Jack Palance

This is one of the Dracula films that may have been forgotten by many viewers, but for those who still remember, this Dracula film was a pretty good adaptation.

Jack Palance may not looked as scary as what you expected to be, but he undoubtedly gave the best portrayal of Dracula. His silently disturbed attitude was perfect for the role. Other actors also played their parts fantastically. Jonathan Harker’s portrayal of Murray Brown was pretty outstanding. It may not be as faithful as what you hoped to be to the novel, but it’s a great adaptation nonetheless.

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Actors Who Played the Greatest Vampire Portrayal of All Times

When you think of a timeless and ultimate villain, the first thought that pops in your mind is vampires. Vampires have been the perfect villain in movies and stories for generations. This does not come as a surprise though. From their pale-white complexion and blood-shot eyes to their unending desire of blood, just the thought of these creatures lurking in the dark can bring you shivers. Their presence is simply undying as they are reinvented in every generation, from the folklore of Eastern Europe to the legends of the Silver Screen.

Movie screens have introduced us to a lot of vampires through time. Few of them have stood out from the crowd and created a strong and lasting impression. Below are some of the greatest vampire characters that we have known.

  1. Christopher Lee, Horror of Dracula (1958)

Lee’s imposing height of six-foot-five used to be a subject of ridicule. He was once told that his height is a hindrance to his success as an actor. Who would have thought that his terrific height would add a heightened element to his portrayal of a menacing vampire in the 1958 film Horror of Dracula?

He used his physical attributes to become the undisputed star of the popular Hammer horror films. There’s not much dialogue on his character, only some hissing and leering, but he made sure that his presence is strongly felt. He maximizes his huge built and body language to portray one of the best vampire characters of all time.

If you won’t be intimated by a 6’5″ vampire who’s menacing enough to destroy you, I don’t know what else would.

  1. Bela Lugosi, Dracula (1931)

Lugosi used to perform Dracula on Broadway and he impressed the viewers with his commanding and sexually charged performance. The theatergoers were undoubtedly stunned after watching the performance of this great actor. He became an instant star on Broadway, he was one of those actors who were admired and respected by his fans. Unfortunately, it’s a different story in Hollywood though. Hollywood was not impressed by Lugosi’s charm. The actor may have lobbied for the role too much, but he only got the part when Lon Chasey, Universal’s first choice, passed away. But when he uttered the three simple words, “I am… Dracula”, a legend was born and he became instantly famous.

Now almost everyone associates Lugosi with this iconic statement.

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  1. Count von Count, Sesame Street (1972)

 

Patterned after Bela Lugosi, Sesame Street introduced Count von Count in 1972. Since then, teaching toddlers how to count while staying interested has become a lot easier. Since then, every kid who watched the show has learned how to count, and even did so with that maniacal laugh. The Count has even highlighted a classic trait from vampire lore: their obsessive-compulsive relationship with numbers.

Now who would have thought that a scary, fanged villain could become instrumental in children’s ability to learn faster?  Thanks to Count von Count, your toddlers would no longer feel strongly against math and counting numbers.

  1. Jonathan Frid, Dark Shadows (1967)

Long before Johny Depp graced our screens as Barnabas Collins, the iconic character was played by Jonathan Frid in 1967’s Dark Shadows.

Though his character was only introduced after 210 episodes of Dark Shadows, Frid sure knows how to make a grand entrance and make up for the missed episodes. The world had a first glance of Collins in his black onyx signet ring as he reaches from his coffin to choke a robber who was planning to steal on his grave. Poor robber, you have chosen a wrong grave to loot.

He may have been an 18th century vampire who woke up in late 60’s but he sure does know how to rock an impression. He managed to show everybody in Maine how to don a Goth-mode double-breasted suit and a silver-handed wolf’s head cane properly. Talk about elegance and gait! Collins paved the way for sympathetic vampires in pop culture with his seductive mixture of bloodlust, kindness and danger.

Who could ever forget his iconic line, “I did not say she was dead, I said I killed her.”

  1. Nicholas Hormann, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)

The idea of “space vampire” may not be appealing and some may even think of it as super corny, but something about this episode that made it really scary.

Vorvon was dressed as a classic Nosferatu getup by wardrobe department but this does not matter since he was invisible. Nicholas Hormann played Vorvon who masterfully stalked his next victim Wilma played by Erin Gray. Of course, Buck played by Gil Gerard came to the rescue and saved the day, but this was before Gray acted the sex pot and put the moves on him under the control of Vorvon.

  1. William Marshall, Blacula (1972)

Blaxploitation was a film movement in 1970s where films were made and starred by African-American actors. Blacula was a part of the first wave for this movement. This film could have been a standard picture for the genre, but the Shakespearean-trained Marshall elevated this movie. He played as Mamuwalde, an African prince who was tricked by Dracula before turning him into a vampire. He portrayed the character so well that it appealed to be both tragic and dignified.

  1. Gary Oldman, Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula (1992)

 

If there’s one actor that could disappear into any role and make it his own, it’s Gary Oldman. His portrayal of Coppola’s ode to Bram Stroker’s classic tale is no difference.

Oldman unwittingly presented all sides of the venerable Count – from aged royalty to tragic knight to unholy creature to London dandy. He presented the persona as either repulsive or sexy, or even both, and blended them into his own.

  1. Kiefer Sutherland, The Lost Boys (1987)

 

Who could ever forget a time when vampires were cruising the town on a Volvo?

Just take a look at the crew of Keifer Sutherland and bike lovers would suddenly fall head over heels. Sutherland portrayed David as an ultimate bad-boy and leader of the gang. With their fangs and bad haircut, their showing the town that they are rebels with style.

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Vampire Movies That Are Not For the Faint-Hearted

Vampire movies by itself are already terrifying.

Who would not be scared out of their wits of the idea of a cold-blooded creature sucking the blood out of your life? Just the thought of their pale-white skin and blood-shot eyes would give you chills. Whilst vampire movies in general are scary, there are some who stood out amongst the rest. These are the vampire movies that will give you days of sleepless nights.

Below are some of the most terrifying vampire movies of all time. Be warned though, these movies are not for the faint-hearted.

  1. Let the Right One In (2008)

This 2008 Swedish masterpiece is deeply emotional, intensely gruesome and psychologically terrifying.

The story is about Oskar, an anxious and fragile 12-year-old who is often bullied by his classmates. He was a lonely boy who was always longing for friendship. His wish came true when he met their new neighbor Eli. This serious young girl embodies an air of mystery; her pale complexion is a result of her only coming out at night. Upon Eli’s arrival in the neighborhood, there seem to be a series of murders and inexplicable disappearances. Blood and violence are the common denominator of the film. A subtle romance has developed between Eli and Oskar and she taught him how to fight back against his aggressors.

It may be one of the best horror films, but the romance factor of this film is simply brilliant. It’s a great alternative to Twilight and it introduces many people to the concept of love from another point of view. Amidst the violence and gore in this movie, you’d appreciate the kind of relationship that developed between the two main characters. Nevertheless, the romance can’t hide the fact that you’d still be haunted by the many creepy images this film has shown.

  1. Byzantium

    (2012)

Director Neil Jordan returns to the vampire genre almost 20 years after he made the classic Interview with the Vampire. This interesting spin on the vampire tale revolves around Clara (Gemma Arterton) and Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan), a mother and daughter on the run after leaving behind a string of dead bodies. They end up in an unnamed coastal town where Clara managed to seduce Noel (Daniel Mays), a drip who has recently inherited his deceased mother’s boarding house The Byzantium. Things began to look up for the two; with Clara setting up a brothel while Eleanor starting with college. But there past found its way of catching up to them and this resulted to a bloody climax.

This film offers a fresh perspective to the vampire lore. Here, the characters are not bothered by direct exposure to sunlight. Instead of fangs, they have a pointed thumbnail for piercing through the skin. There is plenty of bloody violence on this film that will satisfy your quench for horror but will keep you on the seat of your edge for the entire film.

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  1. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

Set in an Iranian ghost-town Bad City, the townspeople are not aware that their place that reeks of loneliness and death is being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

If you’re looking for a vampire film that is astonishingly eerie and creepy, then this movie is perfect for you. The film is stunningly shot with some absolutely gorgeous cinematography with some scenes looking like they came straight out of a painting. The use of black and white in this film intensifies the scary element of the movie. Every time the vampire is on screen, people are on the edge never really knowing what is going to happen.

  1. The Hunger (1983)

This erotic horror film contains a powerhous

e of actors –

Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and Susan Sarandon.

Vampire lovers John (David Bowie) and Miriam Blaylock (Catherine Deneuve) survive through time under the Egyptian symbol of Ankh. But when John started an accelerated aging process, they seek the help of specialist Dr. Sarah Roberts (Susan Sarandon). Sadly, John did not survive and Miriam moved on to Sarah to be her next lover.

This stylish vampire flick is filled with some wonderful visuals. The performances of the actors are simply excellent. If you’re into Goth music and horror films, this cult flick is a must-see. There are plenty of vampire lesbian sex and blood that will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Plus, the opening scene with Bauhaus playing “Bela Lugosi is Dead” is remarkable.

This is probably the first vampire movie that explores the join and pain of being a vampire and, most importantly, what it means to be immortal. The movie uses a lot of visual effects and sounds to create a spooky, vampiry atmosphere. It’s not your usual vampire film; this movie is philosophical and beautiful.

  1. Interview with the Vampire (1994)

The story revolves around Louis (Brad Pitt), a bicentennial vampire who was born as an 18th-century lord and now eager to tell his story to a wide-eyed biographer (Christian Slater). He was suffering from depression and suicidal tendencies after the demise of his father. Then he met Lestat (Tom Cruise), a vampire who persuaded him to choose immortality over death and become his companion. Louis resolved to leave his violent maker, but Lestat turned a young girl (Kirsten Dunst) in an effort to guilt him into staying.

The film gave justice to the novel written by Anne Rice. This may cast two of the most good-looking actors in Hollywood, but the movie is filled with violent and bloody scenes. The main themes of the film revolve around death and violence which are depicted with a great deal of graphic violence and gore in nearly every scene. In addition to the human killing and attempted vampire killing via such manners as decapitation, throat-slitting and sunshine, there are also gory scenes when a vampire in desperate need of blood but does not want to kill humans  turns to poodles and rats instead.

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7 Reasons that Explain Why Are We Addicted to Vampires

Vampires have been well-loved for many generations.

From books to TV shows and movies, we just can’t seem to get enough of these cold-blooded creatures. Despite being tremendously scary to the core, we’re drawn to their mesmerizing eyes and mysterious characters. It’s no wonder vampire movies are always a hit in movie theaters.

What could possibly the reason why people are so much engrossed with vampires?

We’ve listed down some of the reasons why vampires are so popular and patronized.

  1. They’re Oozing with Sex Appeal

There’s something about vampires that makes them tremendously sexy.

Vampires are the sexpots of the undead. Zombies are too gory and blood; no one gets turned on with those decaying flesh falling off their bodies. Ghosts, on the other hand, are insubstantial. Which leaves our option with vampires, who are permanently beautiful, young and possess the urge to suck things.

Dracula, the origin of all vampires, is a sophisticated and refined gentleman with a foreign and indefinable magnetism. It’s hard to think of a vampire character that is not sexy. Undoubtedly, vampires are the sexiest undead creatures.

We also identify vampires as sex symbols because of their flair for seducing their human victims. They just simply give you that long and irresistible gaze and you’re completely enchanted. Along with their power and evilness, vampires create a powerful sexual image. They are sexy because they possess most of the traits that we find sexually attractive in a person.

  1. Great Fashion Sense

The ugly truth is, we people are visual creatures. Though they always say real beauty is what’s inside us, we’re always drawn to the beautiful things that we see externally. That is why fashion plays a huge role in our lives. Not only do we want to look good all the time, we also feel an inexplicable gravity towards beautiful things.

Aside from being sexy, vampires always dress well. While zombies charm us with their shabby clothes, vampires are always an epitome of class and elegance. Well it sorts of make sense though, being around for thousand years make them wise and expert in fashion.

You would never catch a vampire on a day where he dresses poorly. They always look sophisticated with their all-black ensemble. You can just spend your whole day watching these lovely creatures on a beautifully cut dress or suit.

  1. They Possess a Fountain of Youth

Who wants to get old?

Almost every one of us wants to preserve our youth. In order to stay and look young, we spend a lot of money on products and procedures that could make us look 10 times younger than our actual age. Aside from staying young, we also want to live a long life. We live in an immensely beautiful world and it would be such a pity to leave this place early.

Despite being a hundred years old, vampires look like they’ve just come out of puberty. Many people are envious of their flawless complexion. And of course, they don’t need to sleep at least 8 hours a day, exercise regularly and drink plenty of water just to have a long life. As long as they have a steady supply of fresh blood, they are here to stay.

  1. Strength

Vampires are known to be emotionally and physically strong creatures. You wouldn’t be able to make it as a vampire if you are a wimp.

Movie screen-goers have witnessed how strong vampires can be. They can easily jump huge heights, throw people across a room and take a human’s life with just a snap. Super-strength is one of the skills that all vampires possess. The level of their strength depends on their age and their diet. Apparently, vampires who consume human blood regularly are way too stronger than those who consume animal blood.

We’re always drawn to strength and power possibly because we want to be rescued. That’s why superhero movies are always popular. Just like our favorite superhero characters, vampires also carry superhuman strength that makes people drawn to their character.

  1. Bad Boy Appeal

We always have a thing for bad boys. Even in real-life dating, many wonderful women are attracted to bad boys who would only do nothing but break their hearts.

Vampires are also a tortured soul, though technically they don’t have a soul. Their “bad boy” appeal is what makes them appealing and interesting. The Twilight series has become a successful franchise thanks to millions of fans who fell in love with the brooding Edward Cullen. His mysterious and bad boy image did not just capture the heart of Bella; it also turned millions of movie-goers into Twilight-obsessed human creatures.

We’re not just drawn to bad boys but we also have this crazy desire of saving them. That’s perhaps why vampires, despite their evil nature, are so interesting. They’re probably one lost soul that we would love to rescue.

  1. Wealth and Possession

Vampires, having lived a hundred years, have accumulated massive wealth and possessions. You’d often see them living in gigantic mansions or immaculately sophisticated homes. When you see them hanging out in their living room, it’s like literally coming out of a “Beautiful Homes” magazine.

Because of their wealth and possession, vampires carry an arrogant attitude that we find surprisingly appealing. Their wealth, compounded with their strength and beauty, makes them creatures that are always envied.

It’s addicting to watch the rich and affluent, regardless if they are vampires or human beings. Just like the Kardashians, watching vampires in their exquisite beautiful homes is a sweet escape from reality.

  1. Fresh Angles

All vampire stories may originate from the basic premise, but script writers manage to find new angles to explore. Their stories are presented in a fresh perspective, adding something new factor that fans may not know of. In the new version of Dracula, the title character is portrayed much more sympathetically than usual, and Van Helsing is working with Dracula.

There are a lot of rooms for exploration in vampire stories. Regardless of how their story is told, they are still one of the most-loved monsters. Read more vampire movie stories here.

 

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10 Most Powerful Vampires in the Twilight Movies

It’s been 10 years since the first Twilight movie was released. Since then, the Twilight series launched a massive pop following. Who could ever forget the long lines of fans just to see their favorite Twilight character?

The last installment, Breaking Dawn, came out in 2012 and the hysteria has faded. As the fans moved on from one vampire movie to another, let’s take a step back at the past and reminisce the sweet moments Twilight brought us.

To honor this huge installment movie, let’s take a look back at the characters that grazed our screens. Below are 10 of the most powerful vampires in Twilight movies, ranked from weakest to strongest.

  1. Demetri

Demetri is one of the most feared members among the Volturi. He’s like the GPS of the vampires. As long as he physically encountered them before, there’s no hiding from this powerful vampire. He can track them using his minds; you may hide all you want but Demetri can certainly locate you even if you hide in the deepest part of the world.

He must be a valued member of the Volturi, they even ended the life of their old tracker just to get Demetri instead. When he’s not needed for tracking, he mostly stays in the background and is usually seen rather than heard.

  1. Kate

Breaking Dawn introduced us to a lot of new vampires when the Cullens had to find a lot of vampires to testify that Renesmee is just a mortal child.

Kate is a member of the Denali coven that Carlisle mentioned in the past installments. Just like the Cullens, Kate is a “vegetarian” and one of the best fighters of the Denali coven sisters. Kate possesses a remarkable emotional and physical strength. You would remember her as one of the strong forces who fought against some of the most senior members of the Volturi just to help the Cullens in protecting Renesmee.

  1. James

James was the main antagonist of Twilight. This sadistic and unusually gifted tracker does not get satisfaction in just tracking his preys. He enjoys the whole process of it; he gets his thrill by playing and manipulating his poor victims.

James latches on to the scent of his target and uses a heightened sixth sense to track not just humans but vampires as well. It’s no wonder that Laurent, another member of James’ coven, calls him the most lethal and gifted tracker he’s ever known.

  1. Victoria

Victoria became the antagonist of both New Moon and Eclipse after her mate James’ life was taken by the Cullens. She was so consumed with her rage that he made destroying Bella a mission as her revenge for the demise of her beloved.

She may not look like that powerful at first glance, but her true power is her self-preservation skills. She always manages to stay alive, regardless if she’s being pursued by an entire family of powerful vampire or an entire pack of strong werewolves.

  1. Alec

One of the highest ranking members of the Volturi, Alec along with his twin sister Jane is two of the main offensive weapons of the clan.

He may look young but he possesses a powerful gift that can take down any vampire regardless of size or other mental abilities. He can make his target completely sensory deprived. To make him even more powerful, his power can affect multiple victims at once.

  1. Jane

Alec’s twin sister, Jane, plays the other half of the Volturi’s offensive plan. Just like his twin brother, Alec has the power to take down any vampire she chooses just by simply staring at them. Vampires who have heard of her are terribly scared of Jane. Aside from being one of the most feared vampires, Jane gets a twisted sort of joy when she tortures her victims.

  1. Edward Cullen

Edward has shown his power since the very first Twilight movie. His most natural power is being able to read minds. While other vampires need to focus or touch their subjects, Edward can easily hear the thoughts of other people around him without these factors. Of course, the exception of this is Bella, which is why Edward was intrigued her.

Aside from his ability to read minds, he also possesses tremendous strength. Both lovebirds James and Victoria ended their lives at the hands of Edward.

  1. Bella Swan Cullen

Bella might have possessed a strong power even when she was human. Edward’s psychic ability does not work on her and Jane’s psychic torture did not work on her either.

This ability turned into a psychic shield when she became a vampire; this shield can even extend over other people with some effort. Anyone within its radius is safe from another vampire’s psychic effects when she’s turning her shield on.

The fact that Twilight movies hold many powerful vampires, their powers become null and void because of Bella’s powers. Her defensive power makes her a vampire that you don’t want to mess with.

  1. Aro

Aro, the leader of the Volturi, is at the number two spot of our list. He is one of the oldest vampires, being around since 1300 BC in Greece. The fact that he managed to stay alive this long is already a living testament of his power.

Aro can also read minds but unlike Edward, he can only hear the current thoughts of his target. But once he touches you, he can have access to every thought you’ve ever had. He uses this power to manipulate his victims and finds way to enhance his powers.

  1. Benjamin

We may only know him in Breaking Dawn but Benjamin has proven that he’s the most powerful vampire introduced in the series.

Benjamin was one of the vampires who bear witness to Renesmee’s mortal existence. He the only known vampire who has the power of manipulating the natural elements: earth, water, air and fire. We witnessed his power in the final battle of the movie when he opened up a rift in the ground so deep it leads to the magma below.

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