May 17, 1986 |
The stake that was driven through Dracula's heart at the end of the Bram Stoker novel that introduced the vampire to the world did not do a very good job of killing the fanged fellow, and it certainly hasn't kept him in his coffin. He keeps being brought back in films and on stage for yet another swoop. The latest vehicle for transporting Dracula back from the undead is a stage piece called Others, which the theater group Bricolage performed last night at the Painted Bride Art Center.
May 8, 1998 |
When Bela Lugosi says "I am - Dracula" in Tod Browning's imperishable horror classic Dracula (1931), it's not so much an announcement as an unassailable declaration of the truth. Before he went down for the Count in the film, Lugosi honed his indelible portrait on the stage in the Broadway play on which the movie is based. Lugosi, a Hungarian emigre, knew little English and he did his lines phonetically, accounting for the eerie, slow delivery that scared the daylights out of audiences in the '30s and still has an icy power today.
August 27, 1989 |
Area residents who would like a chance in the spotlight are invited to audition for parts in the thriller, Dracula, to be performed by the Haddonfield Plays and Players in late October through early November. The auditions will be held tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30 in the Performing Arts Center, 957 S. Atlantic Ave., Haddonfield. Dracula, also called The Vampire Play, is a show based on the Bram Stoker novel, said Alan Rosen, who directs and also does public relations for Haddonfield Plays and Players.
October 25, 2013 |
* DRACULA. 10 tonight, NBC10. * SPRINGSTEEN AND I. 9 tonight, Showtime. NBC SETS the wayback machine for Victorian London tonight in "Dracula," a lavish-ish new costume drama with a cold, dead heart at its center. That would be Vlad/Dracula himself, who, in his latest incarnation, is played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("The Tudors") in one of the dullest outings yet for both character and actor. I blow hot and cold on vampires, getting perhaps a bit too excited a few weeks ago to receive a review DVD set of "Kindred: The Embraced" - which lasted just eight episodes in 1996 - but rolling my eyes through "Twilight," longing for a sequel in which "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" slapped some sense into Bella.
June 17, 2008 |
If anyone can get you - yet again - to sink your teeth into Dracula, it's actor Christopher Patrick Mullen. This is no simple task: On stage, the vampire story, like Dracula himself, stubbornly refuses to die despite several versions that (also like Dracula) appear stillborn as soon as the lights go up on them. Mullen makes a bloody fine Dracula. He also makes an eerie asylum patient who feasts on the blood of insects and spiders, a well-meaning doctor, a gun-toting Texan, and an ever-more-imperiled real estate agent named Jonathan Harker in Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker.
September 21, 2009 |
With its new "The Complete Dracula" series, Dynamite has done the virtually impossible - infused fresh blood into one of our culture's oldest characters and engaged readers who feel he is old hat by telling his story in a new and exciting way. Ironically, they've done this by having authors Leah Moore and John Reppion painstakingly piece together Bram Stoker's original masterpiece. The fruit of their labor is that for the first time in 112 years, Stoker's work has been fully restored and his tale can be told as he envisioned it - and as only comics could successfully tell it. Stoker's original novel - though a classic - could be a bit hard to follow.
December 22, 1995 |
The many fans of Leslie Nielsen's klutzy Lt. Frank Drebin in the frenetically paced Naked Gun series may go to Dracula: Dead and Loving It in the hope of seeing Naked Gun. But for all of Mel Brooks' proven skill as a parodist, his comedy is relatively toothless and doesn't exploit Nielsen's gift. Brooks' finest spoof is Young Frankenstein, whose immortal lines include "Pardon me, boy, is this the Transylvania Station?" and his credentials in deriding the conventions of the horror movie are unrivaled.
June 2, 2000 |
Right now, growth industries flourish by making products smaller and faster. Politics shrink to sound bites, correspondence to e-mail, meals to energy bars, news to headlines on CNN. Ballet audiences, however, buck this trend, demanding the three-act story ballets that were the rage in the 19th century, set in faraway, even imaginary, times and places. In bookstores, short stories surge in popularity, but in the opera house, short ballets languish next to such blockbusters as Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia, and Don Quixote.
August 31, 1997 |
If you happen to be in the neighborhood of 20th Street and Delancey Place over the next couple of months, better keep your neck covered. Especially if you're a young woman. Dracula, the vampire, has a taste for young women's blood. Some people say Dracula is just a legend. Some people say Dracula is dead. Ha! If Dracula's dead, how come so many people in so many places are celebrating his 100th birthday? Answer that, you doubters. Actually, it's not his 100th birthday; vampires, the undead, live for centuries.
October 31, 1991 |
All is darkness. As the black slowly lightens, we see that we're in a cave and that a tiny fire flickers in the distance. We can barely make out figures huddled about the flame. Slowly we move toward the brightness. As we get closer, we see that the figures are prehistoric women and men wearing animal furs. At the sound of a distant howl, they respond as one, leaning closer to the fire. We move in close to a grizzled face, its left eye sealed shut beneath thick scar tissue. At the sound of another animal cry, the good eye seems to blaze, then squint.