DRACULA THE MOVIE FIRST HIT THE BIG SCREEN IN THEATERS 64 YEARS AGO!
When I was a kid, I loved Vampire movies. But horror movies? Not so much, though horror flicks on the big screen did eventually grow on me. But despite that, I always loved Dracula. And at the ripe old age of the “vital” 50’s, I still can’t really explain why. Dracula was my choice for a Halloween costume for several years running. So it’s more than a casual recognition for me to write about the fact that it’s been 64 long years since Dracula the movie scared the nosferatu fearing on the big screen.
1958 DRACULA ORIGINAL CLASSIC A FOUNDATION FOR ALL THE VAMPIRE STORIES WE NOW LOVE
Sure, today the big screen is seemingly on the way out, as people can watch brand new feature films at home in a variety of ways. But when Dracula hit the obscenely large canvas, it was still firmly in the middle of the era when people flipped out together, in the hundreds. Then, they all talked about how scary that was on the way out the door! So as a major Dracula fan who’s approaching his horror dotage, I want to salute this titan of an epic. And to think about all the vampire movies, tv shows and books that have made the undead (and no, not zombies in this case) a huge commercial success.
TO CELEBRATE DRACULA TODAY, MAYBE WE NEED TO LOOK AT SABERHAGEN’S IDEA
Dracula hearkens back to when vampires were a romantic, scary idea. As opposed to sexy, which is what sells almost every story these days. Bram Stoker took the really old idea of the gothic novel and went even further. But my love of the character grew even more when I read the vampire book series by Fred Saberhagen, who felt the need to correct the record, that Dracula wasn’t a villain! Just a misunderstood man of honor who was really hard to kill. Well, and undead and who may in fact still be around. Now, if only we could have that as a movie instead of a blond Tom Cruise? I mean, really?