Ranking the Best Dracula Performances in Movies and TV

12. Jack Palance in Dracula (1974)

Jack Palance performs Vlad Tepes as a delicate insurgent with a style for revenge to associate with his bloodthirst. Yes, he hisses, snarls, and bares his fangs, however doesn’t chunk till bitten. Then he can trash a tomb like an outtake from Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane. Palance cuts a tremendous determine in a black-on-black ensemble, with a midnight cape masking. This higher frames him in opposition to the picturesque nighttime gardens, doorways, and arches the place he most frequently seems.

Dracula (1974) director Dan Curtis was no stranger to vampires, inventing the gothic cleaning soap opera with Dark Shadows, which he adopted up with a sequence of TV films primarily based on traditional horror novels. Written by Richard Matheson, the scriptwriter for The Night Stalker, Dracula condenses Stoker’s novel right into a tragic romance, with a love story that transcends demise. In the Curtis model, Lucy (Fiona Lewis) is the reincarnation of Dracula’s misplaced bride, who he items with everlasting life and the promise of higher nights. It’s solely after she’s staked that he units his sights on Mina and people liable for the tragedy. The Impaler is impaled on this story, and the irony shouldn’t be misplaced on the viewers.

George Hamilton as Dracula in Love at First Bite

11. George Hamilton in Love at First Bite (1979)

Another fly by evening character, George Hamilton appears too tan to play a bloodthirsty reanimated corpse. His Count Vladimir Dracula by no means drinks… wine, doesn’t smoke… shit, and has been going round wanting like a head waiter for the previous 700 years. But with out him, Transylvania could be as thrilling as Bucharest on a Monday evening. His individuals tortured and murdered harmless peasants to clear the land, which makes it his. So when the Communist authorities of Romania converts Castle Dracula right into a gymnastic camp in director Stan Dragoti’s Love at First Bite (1979), Dracula and his cockroach-eating manservant, Renfield (Artie Johnson) guide lodging in New York.

Hamilton’s Dracula enjoys himself immensely, each the actor and the character, who loves the whole lot America has to supply, colourful discotheques, versatile intercourse golf equipment, and simply robbed blood banks. Richard Benjamin performs Dr. Jeffrey Rosenberg, a distant relation of Dr. Van Helsing, as a schmendrick psychologist who can’t hold his horror lore straight. He shoots Dracula with three silver bullets, which solely works on werewolves, and brandishes a Star of David, relatively than a crucifix, on the undead man about city. The mysterious vampire remains to be a romantic at coronary heart, and when he turns Susan Saint James’ Cindy Sondheim right into a creature of the evening, he vows no quickies, all the time longies, and an eternity of sleeping in.

Carlos Villarias as Dracula

10. Carlos Villarias in Dracula (1931)

While Bela Lugosi was making cinematic historical past by day in Dracula in 1931, Carlos Villarias was placing a scorching Latin spin on it after hours. The Spanish-language model of the horror traditional was shot on the identical units after the American model shut down for the evening. Blood on a finances. It’s a vampire custom.

Carlos Villarias is an attention-grabbing parallel to Lugosi. Romantic, lusty, his eyes disrobe each girl he is available in contact with. He desires to suck one thing, however a neck must do within the early thirties.



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