Dracula in the Dark: The Dracula Film Adaptations

Dracula in the Dark: The Dracula Film Adaptations

Dracula in the Dark: The Dracula Film Adaptations

Dracula in the Dark: The Dracula Film Adaptations

Synopsis

One hundred years after his creation by Bram Stoker, Dracula is still fascinating us. This study traces the changing nature of film representations of Dracula, from the early silent adaptations to recent popular dramas. Holte suggests that vampire films and Dracula adaptations have become an independent genre, the dark romance, with its own set of narrative conventions and audience expectations combining horror and eroticism. This engaging study provides readers with a natural history of the vampire, an examination of the work of Bram Stoker, a history and analysis of many film adaptations of Dracula, a survey of contemporary criticism and theory, and an extensive annotated bibliography of vampire film, fiction, and criticism.

Excerpt

"It was a dark and stormy night." -- Snoopy, Peanuts

It was a dark and stormy night. Thunder boomed in the heavens outside while flashes of lightning repeatedly lit up the wet spring night sky. Bats flew from the stone tower of the Gothic castle, the night I met Dracula. Really.

In 1973 I was studying for graduate examinations in English literature at the University of Cincinnati and, as it so happened, beginning my first year as the caretaker of an abandoned Catholic girl's school, Sacred Heart Academy, the main building of which was a replica of England's Kennilworth Castle. Sitting high on the crest of one of Cincinnati's seven hills, the castle -- complete with tower, chapel, creaking floors, endless corridors, abandoned furniture, and a legend of a ghost in the basement -- had been empty for several years, but the new owners, investment bankers intent on turning Sacred Heart into condominiums, wanted someone to live in "the castle," as it was known to the residents of Clifton, the . . .

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