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Bram Stoker - Born 8th November 1847.


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1847: Dracula author Bram Stoker is born in Dublin.


Bram Stoker 1847-1912

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Stoker was bed-ridden for much of his childhood, but lived a relatively healthy life during his adulthood. Educated at Trinity College, he moved to London in 1878 and married actress Florence Balcombe. Dracula received some praise on its publication. (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle praised it highly) but it was not until the movie Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi opened in 1931 that vampire mania really took off.

“We learn from failure, not from success.” – Bram Stoker




The Dracula stories used to terrify me as a child, but they were also compelling, his story about Dracula has given us many great films and Buffy The Vampire Slayer to boot. Has anyone else any thoughts on this?
 

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You needed to stick 'blood-sucking parasite' into the thread title, to attract a bigger crowd, Rural :)
 

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SIL, we got our dog (in the avatar there) when he was only 5 weeks old, before his Mother could put manners on him, we had to keep saying to him "no bities, lickkies"!

When my Nephew was here from Cork and they were all watching Buffy, my youngest shouted at the vampire on the TV "no bities, likkies", I thought that the Nephew would have a fit laughing.
 

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SIL, we got our dog (in the avatar there) when he was only 5 weeks old, before his Mother could put manners on him, we had to keep saying to him "no bities, lickkies"!

When my Nephew was here from Cork and they were all watching Buffy, my youngest shouted at the vampire on the TV "no bities, likkies", I thought that the Nephew would have a fit laughing.
I think we have found your new signature, Rural :)
 

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You have a good point there SIL, it would be understood my all (well if the dog understands!)

[video=youtube;7Nfmh178L98]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Nfmh178L98[/video]
 

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I am a massive fan of dracula
Read an abbreviated version of the book when I was 11 and the full book aged 14

Visited Transylvania two years ago one of my best holidays
 

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It's sad really that the story of Dracula didn't kick off until Bram Stoker died. The best film was "VanHelsing", made a few years ago, the worst is any of the "Twilight" films, gawd awful.
 

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Twlight has nothing to do with Dracula
and Van Helsing are you having a laugh up there as one of the worst films I have ever seen
 

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Nosferatu (1922) - heavily based on the Dracula story - set the template for horror movies that followed.

[video=youtube;rcyzubFvBsA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcyzubFvBsA[/video]



A fun movie was made a a dozen years ago with Wilhelm Dafoe and John Malkovich in which the star of the movie is actually a REAL vampire!:lol:

[video=youtube;uAn5uLNMmjk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAn5uLNMmjk[/video]

I however have a special place in my heart for Count Duckula with the voice of David Jason.

[video=youtube;tnCpMHKCasU]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnCpMHKCasU[/video]
 
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It is a cause of debate in Dracula circles (which I have mixed in) but I think Francis Fords Copola's Dracula is the most accurate to the book and therefore best

[video=youtube;k7leC4YClrI]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7leC4YClrI[/video]

The 1931 film is odd
It technically is based on a play of Dracula not the book as is holy inaccurate, however many of the lines we associate with the character come from this films and others of the era like "I never drink...wine" and of course the look we associate with Dracula is from the film
 

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A fun movie was made a a dozen years ago with Wilhelm Dafoe and John Malkovich in which the star of the movie is actually a REAL vampire!
Shadow Of A Vampire

great movie and one for Vampire movie buffs
 

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I think that Bram Stoker's illness when he was young, developed an imagination that has been played upon by many films and TV shows.

I've been ill myself, after an operation earlier in the week, my dreams are about a big fat ar$ed woman that I worked with, she was completely computer illeritate, but in my dreams she is teaching me the computer. Bram had better drugs than Paracetamol, obviously.
 
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what I cant stand is modern "sexy" fast passed vampire movies
Blade is the worst example of this
I watched it on DVD (or maybe VHS) with friends and bitched all the way through until some vampire comes out in daylight- he is able to because he is wearing sunscreen. I just left the room at that point
 

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what I cant stand is modern "sexy" fast passed vampire movies
Blade is the worst example of this
I watched it on DVD (or maybe VHS) with friends and bitched all the way through until some vampire comes out in daylight- he is able to because he is wearing sunscreen. I just left the room at that point
I would have left the room with you there.:)
 

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There is another Dracula movie comming out next year
Dracula 3d I have heard mixed things but looking at it it seems to resemble an old hammer horror style production

[video=youtube;SfzwSfDXnAE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfzwSfDXnAE[/video]


Not a great film but one to watch if you have time is The Dark prince

[video=youtube;v6OsDXLhYjs]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6OsDXLhYjs[/video]

Its not technically a vampire movie but about Vlad the Impaler
It stars the same actor playing Vlad who played Dracula in Buffy
 
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