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The Movie Dracula Countdown
With Sam Worthington set to play Dracula, we look at some of his toothy predecessors...
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The Movie Dracula Countdown | William Marshall The Movie Dracula Countdown
William Marshall
Blacula (1972)

Commonly known as the first black Dracula, Marshall in fact plays an African prince - Mamuwalde - who is turned into a vampire by the actual, and astonishingly racist, Dracula (Charles Macauley). Mamuwalde's motives are pure - he's trying to get Dracula to stop the slave trade - but he is imprisoned in a coffin for two centuries, before being unleashed on 1970s LA where he slaughters interior designers and falls in love. Something of a classic of the blaxploitation genre, a sequel - Scream Blacula, Scream - duly followed.

Bram Stoker's Dracula? It's fair to say that this deviates somewhat from the original novel.

Fangtastic or just plain sucks? Despite creating its very own genre - 'dracsploitation' - it's too straight to be truly entertaining and too silly to be scary. But it's very, very hard to dislike.

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1
Posted on Sunday January 31, 2010, 23:33 by FuquaNorton
Sam Worthington is definitely a GREAT choice for Dracula. Read More

2
Posted on Saturday January 30, 2010, 19:58 by Bill C.
Two of the best Draculas, and nearest to Stoker' s concept, were Jack Palance and Louis Jourdan ... both were excellent. I hated "Van Helsing" at first, but later, I had to admit is was an enjoyably outrageous, over-loaded, campy joke ...Three Aussie boys, (Jackman, Roxburgh and Wenham) taking the money and running and having a ball while they were at it ... and, if you're in the right mood, the fun rubs off. Read More

3 it's a dracula list
Posted on Saturday January 30, 2010, 18:30 by dutchSith
The reason why there were so many vampire's not in the list is because they only took the Dracula character. That's why there's is no fright night in there or Lestat. ( THE coolest vampire ever) Read More

4
Posted on Saturday January 30, 2010, 08:51 by Bumble Beeraser
Oldman was too short to play Dracula. He's supposed to have this commanding presence. For modern Drac, get Mark Strong. Read More

5
Posted on Friday January 29, 2010, 18:02 by kevy07
does'nt he remind you of a gay bono? Read More

6
Posted on Friday January 29, 2010, 14:47 by jimoakley666
God, this website is having issues today... Read More

7
Posted on Friday January 29, 2010, 14:47 by jimoakley666
And still to this day nobody has done a proper version of Dracula. Everyone portrays him more as the proverbial row of tents as opposed to a dirty filthy rancid plague in human form. Read More

8 Yeah
Posted on Friday January 29, 2010, 14:44 by jimoakley666
And still to this day nobody has done a proper version of Dracula. Everyone portrays him more as the proverbial row of tents as opposed to a dirty filthy rancid plague in human form. Read More

9 Yeah
Posted on Friday January 29, 2010, 14:44 by jimoakley666
And still to this day nobody has done a proper version of Dracula. Everyone portrays him more as the proverbial row of tents as opposed to a dirty filthy rancid plague in human form. Read More

10 Yeah
Posted on Friday January 29, 2010, 14:43 by jimoakley666
And still to this day nobody has done a proper version of Dracula. Everyone portrays him more as the proverbial row of tents as opposed to a dirty filthy rancid plague in human form. Read More

11 No Willem Dafoe?
Posted on Friday January 29, 2010, 12:24 by O_Goncho
Empire, I am disappoint. Read More

12
Posted on Friday January 29, 2010, 11:44 by Tinman84
It's true how can you say Van Helsing is a bad film, for anyone that loves the Universal Horror Classics it's a great visual spectacle, all right it's not the best film in the world but it's fun and I can't wait for the Wolfman and Dracula year one or any remake to come. Read More

13
Posted on Friday January 29, 2010, 10:11 by malaga
I actually loved Van Helsing. Admittedly, I was ten at the time, but there is a certain dull pleasure in this movie, if only thanks to some great chemistry between Jackman's Van Helsing and Wenham's Carl. I'm still a Friar; I can curse all I want. Dammit! Although even then, I did find a few of the characters *coughcoughAnnaValeriouscoughcough* a bit irritating, but I still feel that Roxburgh's performance wasn't bad, considering the lines he'd been given. Read More

14 Orlock
Posted on Friday January 29, 2010, 04:04 by conradthebarbarian2
Yeah, if you mention Kinski you MUST mention Max Schreck (thems the rules). From 1925, doesn't say a word, and no stupid cape. The only Dracula to channel a rat instead of a bat. Although Oldman does channel a wolf. Read More

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Posted on Friday January 29, 2010, 01:48 by bentgaga
I also love Dead & Loving It, I own it on VHS Read More

16 No Murnau?
Posted on Friday January 29, 2010, 01:04 by simon2006
Surely Nosferatu has to get a mention? Read More

17 Vampire in Venice
Posted on Thursday January 28, 2010, 20:52 by John Firth
I wish Kinski's other vampire film was available on DVD. I only ever saw it once on TV, and I can only find a long-deleted VHS looking on-line. Bah. Read More

18 Shadow of the Vampire
Posted on Thursday January 28, 2010, 20:30 by bobyoung1978
Would've liked a mention of (a totally unrecognisable) Willem Dafoe's turn in the above as Max Shreck/Orlok/Dracula. Great film, recommend it especially for enthusiasts of F.W. Murnau's original. Read More

19 Shadow of the Vampire
Posted on Thursday January 28, 2010, 20:13 by bobyoung1978
Would've liked a mention of (a totally unrecognisable) Willem Dafoe's turn in the above as Max Shreck/Orlok/Dracula. Great film, recommend it especially for enthusiasts of F.W. Murnau's original. Read More

20 Dead And Loving It
Posted on Thursday January 28, 2010, 17:29 by Whistler
"Dead And Loving It" is funny damnit. It's so annoying how empire just lay into it so much. It's definately better than a lot of films that empire have given better reviews to, I don't understand why people think it's so terrible. Read More

21 Count Dracula '77
Posted on Thursday January 28, 2010, 15:46 by annienonamous
Why no Louis Jourdan? He played the role with great sexuality, and isn't that the basis of our attraction to vampire lore and what all the fuss - generations long - is about? Read More

22
Posted on Thursday January 28, 2010, 15:41 by paul.mccluskey
Christopher Lee is the best Dracula in my eyes. Untouchable! And I can't be the only one who thinks Coppola's version is a masterpiece surely? Read More

23 And....
Posted on Thursday January 28, 2010, 14:52 by bdmrmapf
What about Salems Lot? Seems Barlow was a better "Nosferatu". And I think a mention of Fright Night was in order as well. And if Leslie Neilson is mentioned, how about Duckula!!! Poor poor Donald. Read More

24 A load of fanny.
Posted on Thursday January 28, 2010, 14:49 by steveg66
There's at least 3 actors in that list who played the Count where you could remove the letter "O"! Read More

25 Nosferatu
Posted on Thursday January 28, 2010, 13:54 by Sinfonic
Dracula Dead and Loving It was pretty terrible but it was worth watching just for that classic Nosferatu gag. Read More

26 The children of the night
Posted on Thursday January 28, 2010, 13:09 by dutchSith
As a vampire lover, I was interested to see who or what made the list. Well, for me, Gary Oldman is the best Dracula ever. His intense performance, the beautiful costumes, make-up, the athmospheric soundtrack and the many delicate effects, make all the minor faults of the movie go away ( keanu and winona, the inballanced storytelling). From a nostalgia point of view I would have to go for Christopher Lee, as my dad used to watch his dracula movies all the time. I don't even want to talk about the Van Helsing, Blade, George Hamilton or Leslie Nielsen dracula. they make me want to puke blood. Read More

27 faithful?
Posted on Thursday January 28, 2010, 11:35 by Nalfeshnee
perhaps my memory is off, but i was always sure that in the book dracula cast no shadow. now, while i love FFC's dracula, and i think the playing with shadows is great (part of the films wonderful atmosphere) i do thnk its somewhat unfaithful to the book, though i still love it. Read More


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