Dracula

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Best Dracula Ever?

  1. Bela Lugosi

    39 vote(s)
    30.5%
  2. Christopher Lee

    38 vote(s)
    29.7%
  3. Gary Oldman

    29 vote(s)
    22.7%
  4. Richard Roxburgh

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Max Schreck

    15 vote(s)
    11.7%
  6. other

    7 vote(s)
    5.5%
  1. Go Cat Go!!

    Go Cat Go!! Member

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    I'm not a huge horror fan but I've always been fascinated with the story of Dracula and other vampire tales. Max Schrek appearance in Nosferatu is is unsettling to say the least. It scares the beejeezuz out of me still. Bela Lugosi has this dark and ominous vibe to his portrayal. His expressions and mannerisms are classic. I'm afraid some of it comes off as a vampiric Liberace. Chrisopher Lee is just evil as was Gary Oldman. Many people did not like 1992's Dracula. I guess it was not gory enough. I thought it was great and really stuck to the book. Oldman was fantastic. think he is my favorite Dracula. I'm sure I'm missing others.

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  2. SteveO

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    Lugosi was the Beatles of horror movie monsters.
     
  3. Moby Dick

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    No knock on Bela or Max but Christopher Lee was almost as superhuman as Dracula in real life.
     
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    buddaman71 Student of Life Silver Supporting Member

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    Béla as the originator and icon, but Christopher Lee was an incredible actor, and next level human being in many areas. Incredible life lived.

    The 92 version was pretty much a remake of Lee’s earlier version. Almost shot for shot in places.

    Plus, he was still a badass on screen as Count Dooku into his 80s. .
     
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    in ancient rome it was against the law to kill someone else's female slave if you thought she was a vampire

    true story ….. vampires have been around since the dawn of fiction

    hope this helps even if OT :p
     
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    You need a better picture of Max Schreck.

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    No love for George Hamilton?
     
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    Cody Well, look who’s undead! Silver Supporting Member

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    Freekin' terrifying, thanks!
     
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    Gary Oldman all the way.
     
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    I don't think anyone has got it right yet

    that said, I'd rather see the Anne Rice books done really well, than spend anymore time on Dracula.
    The Vampire Lestat would be fantastic if it followed the book nfn.
    Same with Queen of the Damned...that awful film they made in the 90s was a shambles regardless of losing the star during filming.
    Even Tale of The Body Thief and Memnoch would be great films if the budget could be acquired to make them.
     
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    Frank Langella. His portrayal on the New York stage redefined the character.
     
  14. Cody

    Cody Well, look who’s undead! Silver Supporting Member

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    This is the one.

    All other Dracula portrayals are more or less sophisticated, seductive, sexually suggestive suckers of sanguine sap, but Nosferatu is just terror personified - a real monster.
     
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    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    How about Klaus?

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    A great portrayal - he was terrifying and revolting; truly creepy.
     
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    Good question!

    I thought Lee was threatening but a little limited in that he hardly ever said anything. Bela Lugosi has become too much of a cliché for my taste. I thought Max Schreck and Klaus Kinski were both really good as the rat-like Nosferatu vampire. Gary Oldman was a bit schmaltzy for me, although some of his incarnations were aptly grotesque.

    One not mentioned whose films I found pretty good was Robert Quarry as Count Yorga in the early 70s. The mood is dark and his 'vampire gals' quite scary; in fact, in the Return of Count Yorga a vampire attack on the adults in a children's home is chillingly reminiscent of a Manson family murder. Quarry's style of attack when he assaulted a victim was impressive: the sound would mute and Quarry would glide rapidly with a devilish expression toward the victim, who had the camera-eye view. Watch that in the late-night movie house after a bit of blow, and your heart will surely miss a beat!
     
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    middlechainringguy Silver Supporting Member

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    Was that Natasha's dad? I can see where she got the snake.
     
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    That film is truly chilling for something done almost 100 years ago.
     
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