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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Dracula: The most Famous and Father of all Vampires of the World

Count Dracula : Most Famous and Father of All Vampire : This 3D Picture created by me (Manash Kundu)

Character created by Bram Stoker in his 1897 novel of the same name.

A mesmerizing, ruthless vampire, Dracula captured the public imagination, especially following Bela Lugosi's elegant and chilling portrayal of Count Dracula in Tod Browning's 1931 horror film version. Stoker had named the character for the notoriously cruel Vlad III Tepes (1431–76), a ruler of Walachia, Romania whose epithet was Dracula (“Son of the Dragon”).

Picture f notoriously cruel Vlad III Tepes (1431–76), a ruler of Walachia, Romania

Vlad was said to have put to death 20,000 men, women, and children by impaling them upright on stakes. The Dracula character became a stock figure in the horror repertoire, portrayed with varying degrees of sympathy and repulsion.

In popular legend, a bloodsucking creature that rises from its burial place at night, sometimes in the form of a bat, to drink the blood of humans.

Vampire Dracula after Drinking blood of Beautiful woman

By daybreak it must return to its grave or to a coffin filled with its native earth. Tales of vampires are part of the world's folklore, most notably in Hungary and the Balkan Peninsula. The disinterment in Serbia in 1725 and 1732 of several fluid-filled corpses that villagers claimed were behind a plague of vampirism led to widespread interest and imaginative treatment of vampirism throughout western Europe. 

Vampire Dracula after Drinking blood of Beautiful woman in night

Vampires are supposedly dead humans (originally suicides, heretics, or criminals) who maintain a kind of life by biting the necks of living humans and sucking their blood; their victims also become vampires after death. These “undead” creatures cast no shadow and are not reflected in mirrors. They can be warded off by crucifixes or wreaths of garlic and can be killed by exposure to the sun or by an oak stake driven through the heart. The most famous vampire is Count Dracula from Bram Stoker's novel Dracula (1897).

Gothic novel
European Romantic, pseudo-medieval fiction with a prevailing atmosphere of mystery and terror.

Such novels were often set in castles or monasteries equipped with subterranean passages, dark battlements, and hidden panels, and they had plots involving ghosts, madness, outrage, superstition, and revenge. 

Book Cover Horace Walpole's Castle of Otranto (1765)

Horace Walpole's Castle of Otranto (1765) initiated the vogue, which peaked in the 1790s. Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) and The Italian (1797) are among the finest examples. Matthew Gregory Lewis's The Monk (1796) introduced more horrific elements into the English gothic.

Picture Form  Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818).

Gothic traits appear in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818).

Book Cover of Bram Stoker's Dracula

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897) and in the works of many major writers, and they persist today in thousands of paperback romances

Stoker, Bram

Picture of Bram Stoker

Abraham Stoker
born Nov. 8, 1847, Dublin, Ire.

died April 20, 1912, London, Eng.

Irish writer.

Though bedridden until he was seven years old, Stoker later became an outstanding athlete. He was in the civil service for 10 years and the manager of actor Henry Irving for 27 years, writing letters for his employer and accompanying him on tours. 

3D Picture Where Count Dracula and his lady vampire Companion coming out from their Coffins: Created by me (Manash Kundu)

During this period he began writing fiction; his masterpiece was the immensely successful gothic novel Dracula (1897). Derived from vampire legends, the tale became the basis for a whole genre of literature and film. None of his other works, including The Lair of the White Worm (1911), approached its popularity or quality.

Count Dracula With his Famous Canine Teeths

Story of  Dracula By Bram Stoker:
Harker is a recently admitted solicitor from England, who is deputed by his employer, Mr. Hawkins, to act as an estate agent for a foreign client named Count Dracula who wishes to move to England. Harker discovers in Carfax Abbey, near Purfleet, Essex, a dwelling which suits the client's requirements and travels to Transylvania by train in order to consult with him about it.

At Bistritz Harker takes a coach to the Borgo Pass where at midnight another coach drawn by four black horses, waits to take him to Castle Dracula high in the Carpathian Mountains. At the castle Harker is greeted by the mysterious and ominous Count Dracula and finalises the property transaction. Soon, however Harker realises he has been made a prisoner by his host who is revealed as a vampire. Harker also has a dangerous encounter with the three seductive Brides of Dracula, whose designs on him are only thwarted by the intervention of the Count.

Later, he manages to escape, finding refuge at a convent. He has a mental breakdown upon arriving at the convent because of his encounters with Dracula; his fiancée, Mina Murray, comes to nurse him back to health with the nuns' help and marries him there. 

Scene from Dracula Movie where Dracula Try to drink the blood of Mina Harker

He returns home to England and later sees Dracula in London. After learning Dracula killed Lucy, he joins Van Helsing, Seward, Holmwood, and Morris. His clerical skills prove very useful for collecting information and for tracking down Dracula's London lairs by means of paperwork. He vows to destroy Dracula and, if he could, to send "his soul forever and ever to burning to hell!" even if it be at the cost of own soul. When confronted with Mina's curse, however, he is unsure how to react; Mina asks the others in the group to kill her if the need comes. While Harker says he would, in the privacy of his journal says that if it is necessary, that he would become a vampire himself out of his love for her. However, Harker manages to avoid that because along with Van Helsing and the others he manages to destroy Dracula. At the book's climax, he prises open Dracula's coffin mere moments before sunset and slashes open Dracula's throat with a kukri knife while Quincey Morris stabs him in the heart with a Bowie knife.

3D Picture Where Count Dracula and his lady vampire Companion coming out from their Coffins at moon-night: Created by me (Manash Kundu)

In a note following the end of the novel, it is revealed that seven years have passed. He and Mina have a son whom they have named after all four members of the part, but call Quincey, after Quincey Morris. Noting Quincey Harker's birthday is the day Quincey Morris died fighting Dracula, Mina likes to think that some of Morris spirit is in their son. Jonathan Harker eventually visits Dracula's castle along with his wife and son and their surviving friends to reminisce. He returns home with his wife and son and is told by Van Helsing that one day his son will learn the whole story.

Anthony Hopkins As Van Helsing in Dracula (1992) Movie where he cut the heads of Dracula`s Lady Vampire companions

Professor Abraham Van Helsing
is a fictional character from Bram Stoker's 1897 Gothic horror novel Dracula. Van Helsing is a Dutch doctor (with a heavy German accent) with a wide range of interests and accomplishments, partly attested by the string of letters that follows his name: "M.D., D.Ph., D.Litt., etc." The character is best known as a vampire hunter and the archenemy of Count Dracula.

Lugosi, Bela

Poster of Old Dracula Movie

orig. Blasko Béla Ferenc Dezsö
born Oct. 20, 1882, Lugos, Hung.

died Aug. 16, 1956, Los Angeles, Calif., U.S.

Hungarian-born U.S. film actor.

Black and White Scene from old Dracula Movie where Lugosi, Bela as Dracula

He acted with the National Theatre in Budapest (1913–19) and appeared in German films before leaving for the U.S. in 1921. He directed and starred in the play Dracula in New York in 1927; he reprised the role, which was ideally suited for his aristocratic manner and heavy accent, in the movie Dracula (1931). His other horror movies include The Black Cat (1934), Mark of the Vampire (1935), Son of Frankenstein (1939), Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943), and The Body Snatcher (1945). Lugosi declined into poverty and obscurity and eventually took roles in low-budget independent films. He was buried wearing the long, black cape that he had worn in Dracula.

Lugosi, Bela as Dracula wearing the long, black cape

Dracula Movie (1992):

Poster of 1992 Dracula Movie

Dracula (also known as Bram Stoker's Dracula) is a 1992 American Gothic horror romance film directed and co-produced by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. It stars Gary Oldman as Count Dracula and Winona Ryder as Mina Harker, also featuring Anthony Hopkins as Professor Abraham Van Helsing, Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker, and Sadie Frost as Lucy Westenra.

Dracula was greeted by a generally positive critical reception and was a box office hit. The film's score was composed by Wojciech Kilar and featured "Love Song for a Vampire" by Annie Lennox as the closing credits theme.

Scene from 1992 Dracula Movie : Where Vlad Dracula loving his wife Elisabeta

Movie Plot:
In 1462, , a member of the Order of the Dragon, returns from a victory against the Turks to find his wife, Elisabeta, has committed suicide after receiving a false report of his death. Enraged that his wife is now damned for committing suicide, Dracula desecrates his chapel and renounces God, declaring that he will rise from the grave to avenge Elisabeta with all the powers of darkness. In a fit of rage, he stabs the cross with his sword and drinks the blood which is pouring out of the cross.

Remaining part of the movie story same as original Bram Stoker`s Dracula.

Count Dracula : Most Famous and Father of All Vampire : This 3D Picture created by me (Manash Kundu)

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