31 Days of Halloween – October 4

In 1922, FW Murnau, a German film director, released the vampiric horror classic Nosferatu. Based loosely on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Murnau created a hyperstylized, proto-noir in this silent film. It set the standard for horror films for decades to come. Even shooting the film was creepy. The main actor, Max Schreck, was reportedly obsessed with his role.…

31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN – Day 14

That picture of Bela Lugosi in the 1931 film Dracula has the become the popular image of the blood-sucking creature.  It’s loosely based on the bestselling novel by Bram Stoker, but there are numerous differences. It has inspired a number of adaptations over the years, but none of them have followed the book closely. Have you read…

REVIEW: DRACULA by Bram Stoker

Novelist Bram Stoker It was absolutely fascinating to look back and see where this whole Vampire obsession started.  And as with any original, I wanted to see how modern interpretations reflected their predecessors.  I was surprised at how very close and certainly recognizable many of the main characters were: Jonathan Harker, Van Helsing, Renfield and…