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English: Color silkscreen poster for Federal T...

English: Color silkscreen poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of “Dracula” by Hamilton Deane (ca. 1880-1958) and John L. Balderston (1889-1954), adapted from Bram Stoker’s novel of the same name, at the Mason Opera House, Los Angeles, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dracula is Irishman Bram Stoker’s novel about a blood-sucking vampire, Jonathan Harker, who lives in a Transylvanian castle.

Written in 1897, Dracula was the most successful of a number of tales about vampirism. Its creepy violence and, especially in the 1958 film, masked sexuality have been said to represent the repressed subconscious currents of Victorian England.

The book has had a tremendous influence on popular culture (to include video games)¹ and arguably represents the shadow aspect of what C. G. Jung calls the collective unconscious.

Cliff Burns adds:

I had to re-read the novel some years back because I was adapting a student stage production. Terrible book–totally lacking dramatic surges. A blandly composed series of letters and diary entries. I thought Stoker’s JEWEL OF THE SEVEN STARS (think I’ve got that title right, it’s been a few years) was a far superior effort. To my mind, the best “Dracula” onscreen was the one played by Jack Palance, working from a Richard Matheson script. 1973? That sounds about right. Hard to find but worth the effort…²

¹ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bram_Stoker%27s_Dracula_%28video_game%29

² https://earthpages.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/dracula/#comments

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  1. I had to re-read the novel some years back because I was adapting a student stage production. Terrible book–totally lacking dramatic surges. A blandly composed series of letters and diary entries. I thought Stoker’s JEWEL OF THE SEVEN STARS (think I’ve got that title right, it’s been a few years) was a far superior effort. To my mind, the best “Dracula” onscreen was the one played by Jack Palance, working from a Richard Matheson script. 1973? That sounds about right. Hard to find but worth the effort…

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  2. Yeah I like Jack Palance. He’s one of those actors who takes me back to childhood before everything changed…

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  3. Jung is awesome.

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