Pop Culture Dracula

NosferatuTo go with my online class Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World, I started a series of posts listing companion materials in pop culture, preferably ones that are a little forgotten, have not received the attention I think they deserve, or take an unusual angle.  All the better if they are available online, double-plus for free.

These are the ones I propose to accompany Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  (Note that I’m trying to concentrate on characters from Stoker’s book, not vampires in general, otherwise we would drown in references.)

  • Mina Murray’s portrayal in Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (not the disappointing movie based on the series). I enjoyed volumes 1 and 2 of the collected issues, though not the subsequent books.
  • The 1922 movie Nosferatu, a cult classic available free online; it was an unauthorized version of Dracula so the characters were renamed.
  • The 1931 authorized movie version, Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, also available free online.
  • The 1938 radio play Dracula, which was the inaugural episode of Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre on the Air, also available free online.
  • The 1958 Hammer Films version with the suave Peter Cushing, titled Horror of Dracula to distinguish it from Bela Lugosi’s landmark performance; free, on DailyMotion.
  • Kate Beaton’s take in her webcomic Hark, a Vagrant: Dracula.
  • There’s an app for that: PadWorx’ Dracula for iPad, an interactive version of the story.
  • Bram Stoker’s works online on Unz.org.

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