SHOCK selects 12 stellar film incarnations of Bram Stoker’s DRACULA.
Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel of Gothic horror and sexual sublimation, DRACULA, is probably the single most influential and important text in horror. Certainly, without it, we’d have been robbed of an entire sub-genre of entertainment. Sure, Stoker didn’t invent the idea of the vampire; the monster was alive and well in folklore and in the Irish writer’s time, in the pages of the Penny Dreadful’s and on the stage of the Grand Guignol. But it was with DRACULA, that Stoker put a face to the fiend, turning the vampire into an ancient aristocrat, a Devil-weaned fiend in fine clothing who moves among us, seducing, violating, charming and devouring whomever he pleases. A Svengali from the abyss who can just as easily civilly discuss history and humanity as he can tear your throat out and bathe in your spurting blood, later dragging you back from the grave to serve him in undeath.
The story of DRACULA has long served cinema, perhaps more than any other text, even more than its Gothic coin flip-side companion, Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN, and there have been dozens of incarnations of the vampire Count, some good, some not good.
In this list, SHOCK selects 12 of what we consider the cream of the crypt. See if you agree with our choices and feel free to add some of your own in the comments section below…