Twilight and History's Coolest Vampires - An RT Guide
Kim Newman explores a century of Vampire Chic.
Bela Lugosi first played Dracula on stage in the 1920s -- he spoke little English and had to learn his lines phonetically ('I ... am ... Drah ... coo ... la') -- and recreated the role in the 1931 film which started off the horror movie as a genre. Few actors have set such a lasting stamp on the part: Lugosi, for instance, was the first vampire to wear a cloak, and his evening clothes became the default Dracula costume forever (in Love at First Bite, George Hamilton complains 'how would you like to spend five hundred years dressed like a headwaiter?'). His reading of the role was a Latin lover who drank blood, sort of a vampire Valentino, and all his fan mail came from women.