Twilight and History's Coolest Vampires - An RT Guide
Kim Newman explores a century of Vampire Chic.
In 1958, Hammer Films remade Dracula, and cast Christopher Lee as a taller, leaner, more dynamic Count, dribbling a little red blood from his mouth, swishing a mean cape and with enough velvet nap on his collar and bouffant in his 'do to qualify as a teddy boy. Lee's Dracula is to Lugosi's what Sean Connery's Bond is to the gentleman spies of pre-war movies -- a sexual predator with a sideline in determined sadism. Throughout several sequels, Lee barged into bedrooms and treated nightie-clad starlets roughly -- and Hammer made a point of hinting that the women liked being treated this way, especially when they transformed into deep-cleavage bloodsucking acolytes.