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Archive for May, 2015

Horror Poll: Which actor’s portrayal of Dracula is the Best?

Posted by Harbinger451 on May 26, 2015

The Horror of it All CategoryBram Stoker’s famous villainous vampire, from his massively influential Gothic novel – Dracula (1897), is one of the most portrayed horror characters in Movie and TV history… but whose portrayal is the best? We’ve selected our top 21 most notable, memorable or worthy performances – from which you can choose your favourite three in our Poll HERE – helping us decide who’s Dracula is the greatest. I’d just like to make two points before starting the list – 1, Max Schreck’s Count Orlok IS Count Dracula (but that name couldn’t be used for copyright reasons), and – 2, Christopher Lee is listed twice on purpose (once for his role in the famous Hammer movie series and again for another entirely separate movie role in Jess Franco’s Count Dracula).

Max Shrek in Nosferatu: eine Symphonie des Grauens (Friedrich Wilhelm Mornau, Ger. 1922)

Max Schreck in Nosferatu: eine Symphonie des Grauens (Friedrich Wilhelm Mornau, Ger. 1922)

So… Which actor’s portrayal of Dracula is the Best?

Vote for your favourite three in our Poll HERE.

1. Max Schreck in Nosferatu: eine Symphonie des Grauens (Friedrich Wilhelm Mornau, Ger. 1922)

2. Bela Lugosi in Dracula (Tod Browning, USA. 1931) and in only one of Universal’s many sequels/spin-offs Abbot and Costello meet Frankenstein (Charles Barton, USA 1948)

3. Carlos Villarías in Drácula (George Melford & Enrique Tovar Ávalos, USA-Spanish language. 1931)

4. Lon Chaney, Jr. in Son of Dracula (Robert Siodmak, USA. 1943)

5. Christopher Lee in Dracula (Terence Fisher, UK. 1958) and in six of Hammer’s sequels Dracula: Prince of Darkness (Terence Fisher, UK. 1966), Dracula has Risen from the Grave (Freddie Francis, UK. 1968), Taste the Blood of Dracula (Peter Sasdy, UK. 1969), Scars of Dracula (Roy Ward Baker, UK. 1970), Dracula AD 1972 (Alan Gibson, UK. 1972) and The Satanic Rites of Dracula (Alan Gibson, UK. 1973)

6. Christopher Lee in Count Dracula (Jess Franco, Spa-Ita-Ger. 1970)

7. Paul Albert Krumm in Jonathan (Hans W. Geissendorfer, Ger. 1970)

8. Udo Kier in Blood for Dracula (Paul Morrissey, Fra/Ita. 1973)

9. Jack Palance in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Dan Curtis, USA. 1974)

10. David Niven in Vampira (Clive Donner, UK. 1974)

11. Louis Jourdan in BBC TV’s Count Dracula (Philip Saville, UK. 1977)

12. Frank Langella in Dracula (John Badham, UK/USA. 1979)

13. Klaus Kinski in Nosferatu: Phantom Der Nacht (Werner Herzog, Ger/Fra. 1979) and in its sequel, Vampire in Venice (Augusto Caminito, Ita. 1988)

14. George Hamilton in Love at First Bite (Stan Dragoti, USA. 1979)

15. Duncan Regehr in The Monster Squad (Fred Dekker, USA. 1987)

16. Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Francis Ford Coppola, USA. 1992)

17. Leslie Nielsen in Dracula: Dead and Loving It (Mel Brooks, USA. 1995)

18. Gerard Butler in Dracula 2000 (Patrick Lussier, USA. 2000)

19. Richard Roxburgh in Van Helsing (Stephen Sommers, USA. 2004)

20. Thomas Kretschmann in Dracula 3D (Dario Argento, Ita/Fra/Spa. 2012)

21. Luke Evans in Dracula Untold (Gary Shore, USA. 2014)

Vote for your favourite three in our Poll HERE.

Luke Evans in Dracula Untold (Gary Shore, USA. 2014)

Luke Evans in Dracula Untold (Gary Shore, USA. 2014)

Discuss and debate this list or suggest other performances you think deserve to be listed here by replying to this post. Don’t forget to vote in our Poll HERE.

Check out more of our Horror Polls HERE.

The Horror of it All… enter HERE all those who delight in horror, death, the macabre, the occult, black humor, weird tales, dark fantasy – and all such nefarious pleasures.

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