Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Dudes that Could Play Dracula

Inspired by the work of the amazing Andy Fish in his Dracula graphic novel series, I'm starting to work on a piece - my own rendition of Dracula. So I've been thinking about actors who evoke Dracula as well as the historical figure he's based on, Vlad the Impaler.

My first choice is circled, Hugues Quester. He has all the qualities I'm looking for in a Drac/Vlad. He's reasonably hideous, his manner is somewhat stiff and formal yet he also seems capable of homicide. Plus he looks like he just rolled out of a coffin. In addition, there's something mildly dashing about him, in a greasy, creepy, spit-up-in-your-mouth-a-little-bit kind of way. It turns out that he actually was in a vampire movie, The Iron Rose, which I've never seen. I know him from another film, Tale of Springtime.

The runners-up are, clockwise from top left: Anthony Perkins (too obvious of a choice maybe), Peter Lorre, Roschdy Zem, Malcolm McDowell, Jonathan Zaccai (he was much creepier and greasier looking in a movie I saw recently).


Elaine said...

My choice is Anjelica Huston. Love her!

Alison Undercover said...

Great choice Elaine! I loved her in the Addams Family! A female Dracula is a great twist. Come to think of it, Dracula sounds more like a girl's name.

Anonymous said...

Great choices-- what do you think of the existing screen Dracula's? Frank Langella makes me laugh out loud, but Louis Jordan was probably my favorite.

Alison Undercover said...

I'll have to check those out Andy - I'm afraid my film ignorance extends to screen Draculas! I've seen the Bela Lugosi version and its Spanish counterpart. But I think Count Chocula is probably my favorite. I tried to read a book about Vlad the Impaler a few years ago but had to stop - the historical accounts of his exploits made me sick.