In keeping with the spirit of fellow geekdom, here are the Top Five Dracula movies of all time (in my opinion, of course.)
1. BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA (1992) starring Gary Oldman as the Count (pictured above with Winona Ryder as Mina Murray Harker) and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The most faithful adaptation to the novel. Although historical details about the real-life Vlad Tepes of Transylvania were added to the screenplay, I thought this was a good use of creative license. Oldman has acting chops and turns in a marvelous performance as the famous count who never drinks wine.
2. DRACULA (1979) starring Frank Langella. Directed by John Badman of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER fame. Langella sizzles with sex appeal in this film based on the stage play. Ooh la la! Put the bite on me, baby!
3. TERROR OF DRACULA (1958) starring Christopter Lee. A Britsh Hammer Films Production. I find Lee a bit wooden in this role, but his character's malevolence comes across forcefully. Peter Cushing (Governor Tarkin in STAR WARS) as Van Helsing and Michael Gough (Alfred the Butler in the BATMAN movies) as Jonathon Harker round out the cast.
4. DRACULA (1932) starring Bela Lugosi. A Universal Pictures Production. Lugosi is the most parodied of all the Draculas, yet his performance is beautiful to behold and he was actually Hungarian, so his accent is real.
5. NOSFERATU (silent movie era) starring Max Shreck as Count Orlock. A truly frightening film where the Count is not portrayed as a romantic figure in the least. Bram Stoker's widow sued the film makers for copyright infringement and won.
So, who is your favorite Dracula of all time?