Dracula English Vs. Spanish Version & Celebrity Skinless

Posted by Cliff Robertson on Saturday, September 5, 2009

I just watched Bela Lugosi as Dracula.  I haven’t seen it in a long time and I’m not sure if I ever saw the whole thing before.  I watched all of the extras on the 75th Anniversary Edition DVD.  There’s a lot of good stuff there –but the film historians start to contradict each other!  One says that Bram Stoker wrote Dracula from a draft of “The Vampyre,” that was written by John Polidori.  “The Vampire” was written during the same weekend party that Mary Shelly attended and when she wrote Frankenstein.

Another documentary on the same disc makes no mention to that clam, but says that Stoker wrote the whole thing by himself and based it on folklore and intertwined it with the life of Vlad the Impaler (AKA Dracula).

I also watched the Spanish version of Dracula.  Okay, the film buffs in the documentaries claim that the Spanish version was better than the English speaking version.  I agree that the effects are better and the director took more chances with crane and camera dolling –but “better” than Bela’s version wouldn’t be true.  Carlos Villarías as Dracula looks like he went to the same acting school as Spanky McFarland!  When sneers at a brandished cross he looks like he’s constipated! 

I was amazed how clear some scenes looked in the Spanish version.  Some scenes looked in better condition than the Bella’s version. 

 

Celebrity Skinless is the newest feature on the Monster Menagerie website!  I take photos of celebrities and re-imagine them as zombies.  What fun it is to see the walkers of the red carpet as zombies.  Actually, some of the work in making them zombies makes me a little sick!  When I removed Kathy Griffin’s nose and touched it up with red paint, I got a little queasy.   Just so everyone knows: I don’t hate the people who appear as zombies on my site.  In fact I like a lot of them.  It’s just funny to see familiar faces transformed to an altered state.  I wish them no ill will and I hope (if they notice these postings) that they will think that it’s funny too.



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Dracula English Vs. Spanish Version & Celebrity Skinless

Posted by Cliff Robertson on Saturday, September 5, 2009

I just watched Bela Lugosi as Dracula.  I haven’t seen it in a long time and I’m not sure if I ever saw the whole thing before.  I watched all of the extras on the 75th Anniversary Edition DVD.  There’s a lot of good stuff there –but the film historians start to contradict each other!  One says that Bram Stoker wrote Dracula from a draft of “The Vampyre,” that was written by John Polidori.  “The Vampire” was written during the same weekend party that Mary Shelly attended and when she wrote Frankenstein.

Another documentary on the same disc makes no mention to that clam, but says that Stoker wrote the whole thing by himself and based it on folklore and intertwined it with the life of Vlad the Impaler (AKA Dracula).

I also watched the Spanish version of Dracula.  Okay, the film buffs in the documentaries claim that the Spanish version was better than the English speaking version.  I agree that the effects are better and the director took more chances with crane and camera dolling –but “better” than Bela’s version wouldn’t be true.  Carlos Villarías as Dracula looks like he went to the same acting school as Spanky McFarland!  When sneers at a brandished cross he looks like he’s constipated! 

I was amazed how clear some scenes looked in the Spanish version.  Some scenes looked in better condition than the Bella’s version. 

 

Celebrity Skinless is the newest feature on the Monster Menagerie website!  I take photos of celebrities and re-imagine them as zombies.  What fun it is to see the walkers of the red carpet as zombies.  Actually, some of the work in making them zombies makes me a little sick!  When I removed Kathy Griffin’s nose and touched it up with red paint, I got a little queasy.   Just so everyone knows: I don’t hate the people who appear as zombies on my site.  In fact I like a lot of them.  It’s just funny to see familiar faces transformed to an altered state.  I wish them no ill will and I hope (if they notice these postings) that they will think that it’s funny too.



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