Today is Dracula Day. The idea of the vampire has been around for thousands of years, but we can thank Bram Stoker in 1897 for this particular bloodsucker. A German Expressionist filmmaker tried to rip off Stoker by making a Dracula movie about “Count Orlok” ( (that’s Max Schrek looking a little pale in the photo to the left), but since all they did was change the name of the vampire and the term “vampire” to “nosferatu,” they lost in court and all copies of the movie were ordered destroyed. Yeah, sure, it was a movie about Dracula. Did you put a stake through its heart? No? You can watch it on Amazon Prime right now. And then, of course, there’s the flood of stage and film bloodsuckers that followed, not to mention tragic romantic heroes, some of whom sparkle. My favorite vampire hunter is Buffy, of course, and she does meet Dracula and does a fan squee before she stakes him (several times, he’s tough to put down, but she’s persistent, so he eventually gives up and goes away). But for Favorite Bad Dracula movie, you cannot beat:
I can hear “I Love the Night Life” playing now. Gotta love the seventies. Plus it’s quotable:
I use that last line all the time.