WATCH: Count Dracula's haunted castle

2018-08-02 13:56

Cape Town - Even if the Transylvanian Bran Castle in today's Romania was never home to a vampire, it's still blood-curdling.

Bram Stoker's character was inspired by Count Vlad the Impaler, who was known for his bloodthirstiness.

In 1958 horror Legend Christopher Lee played Dracula in the first movie in the series of Hammer Horror films. 

The film centres on the infamous count journeying from his native Transylvania to England, where he takes a headfirst plunge into the London nightlife, and begins to rack up victim after victim.

In the process, Dracula also runs into his arch-nemesis, Van Helsing (Peter Cushing), which ignites a battle of wills between the two.

Despite grossing $25m at the US box office, Lee received just $1 150 for his terrifying performance which consisted of 13 lines.

Lee played the character in ten films. 

In 2017 Empire Magazine ranked his portrayal as Dracula the 7th greatest horror movie character of all time. 

Luke Evans played the titular character in the most recent film,  Dracula Untold in 2014.

Instead of using the Stoker's storyline it created an origin story of Count Dracula, in this version Dracula is Vlad the Impaler. 

The film grossed $217 million at the box office but didn't receive positive reviews from critics. 

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