Dracula

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The History Behind the Popular Culture Figure of Dracula

Dracula, a famous vampire novel by Irish writer Bram Stoker, has never ceased to captivate the imagination as well as trigger the fears of many generations. Did you know that the novel wasn’t published in Romania, the country where it is set, until 1990? Bram Stoker actually got inspired to write this novel because he read the story of Vlad Tepes, or Vlad the Impaler, a Romanian prince.

A Brutal Prince

Vlad the Impaler was famous for the brutal practices he used against his enemies. His favorite torture method would be impalement. He would penetrate the victim's body with a wooden stake and leave him to die a painful but slow death. When the Ottomans invaded his country in 1462, he reportedly killed over twenty thousand people using this method. He died in 1476 during a battle against the Hungarian forces.

Dracula in Popular Culture

Dracula has become one of the classics when it comes to horror stories, the ones that you would scare your children with when they refuse to go to bed. Most of us have watched Dracula movies. Even though there's no way to confirm the historical facts of the stories, the movies continue to captivate the interest of generation after generation. There are over 200 movies made which feature Dracula, a number only surpassed by Sherlock Holmes.

Next time you are in need of a good horror movie, why not select one of the classic Dracula movies and let it make your blood run cold? Good old movies are worth watching a dozen times.