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Dracula Hall of Fame: A great vampire’s films history

Christopher-Lee-as-DraculaVampire films have been a staple since the era of silent films, so much so that the depiction of vampires in popular culture is strongly based upon their depiction in films throughout the years. The most popular cinematic adaptation of vampire fiction has been from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, with over 170 versions to date. Running a distant second are adaptations of Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu. The legend of Elizabeth Báthory, the “Blood Countess” has also been an influence.

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By 2005, Dracula had been the subject of more films than any other fictional character. As folklore vampires are defined in their need to feed on blood and on their manipulative nature; a theme held common through the many adaptations. Although vampires are generally associated with the horror and sometimes splatter genre, vampire films may also fall into the drama, action, science fiction, romance, comedy or fantasy genres, among others…