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7 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN – DAY 7: Dracula

I bet you thought I forgot day 7! Well, maybe I just forgot to count. Or maybe I just wanted you in suspense (we’ll go with that).

Day 7 is the grandaddy of them all. The rose bowl of horror. In 1931, Tod Browning decided to adapt Bram Stoker’s iconic Novel in legitimate form, F, W. Murnau attempted to adapt the novel in 1922, but ran into licensing issues, and had to change the names of every character.

Browning, having a rather unnoticed silent film career, no doubt was aware of Murnau’s struggles, but saw a huge opportunity in directing the first, official adaptation. Browning enlisted a Hungarian actor by the name of Bela Lugosi, whose think accent would make an indelible mark on the character of Count Dracula.

And the rest,as they say, is history. Happy Halloween.

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