BOSTON — Vampire movies and TV shows are the rage nowadays — perhaps because their heroes are attractive, tormented and misunderstood, which is how many young viewers see themselves. But the original Dracula was not quite so attractive. In fact, he was the very model of a thug.
Bela Lugosi must be turning over in his grave — that is, if the stake through his heart would allow that.
Mr. Lugosi, as you may know, became famous as Dracula in the 1931 movie based upon Bram Stoker’s novel of a villainous Transylvanian blood-sucking vampire. For more than a century, Dracula and vampires in general were spooky cinema stalkers, usually dispatched with a sharp object in the chest.
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