Vampires in pop culture
Hollywood has always been fascinated with vampires; from the early days of the industry with such classics as Nosferatu and Bela Lugosi’s portrayal of the Undead Romanian Count right up to the present day and works such as Dracula 2000, Interview with the Vampire and the (tragically underrated) Queen of the Damned, these beings are constantly recurring film stars. The most notable portrayal of him would have to be Christopher Lee:
Dracula and Bram Stoker Today–Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee: Hammer Horror interview 2001
Christopher Lee: Masters of Horror
Short Bio and list of his movies to 1999
From HH : the UNofficial Hammer Films Site
Christopher Lee talks about his stint with Hammer Films and his role as Dracula
I’m not too impartial to Gary Oldman’s portrayal of the Count either. Now, that’s a rendition to swoon over, ladies but never forget…he’s a monster!
And the much maligned but actually quite good rendition of Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned starring Stuart Towsend, as Lestat de Lioncourt
And of course that giant of Pop Culture, Tom Cruise took his turn as Lestat de Lioncourt, and Brad Pitt took his as Louis… Or the creme de la creme Dracula portrayal by the inimitable Bela Lugosi.
They’ve all put some sort of stamp on the face of the vampire, and probably will continue to do so, for better or for worse! Some will no doubt fall flat on their faces (like USA/SF Channel’s Dracula, Prince of Darkness–for all that they tried, bless their dark hearts. ;))
And then there’s that paragon of teen angst, Twilight.
*cough* Well, I only saw the first one; honestly that was all I could stand. As bad as the novel is, the movie’s worse. *shakes head* High school was never like that for me, and me? been there, done that. Don’t remember it in quite that light, thanks. But me, I prefer the “real” vampires. The ones that would rip a girl’s throat out without worry about it. This whole, emasculated, “mooning love slave” vampire thing…*shrugs* eh.
Whatever…. It’s done the author(s) well…For the moment. I always wonder what will be the thoughts on our “latest thing” a hundred years down the line. Will Twilight survive the test of time? We shall–or rather our descendants–see.
What’s your favorite portrayal of the vampire?
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