Photos of the many brides of Dracula
Explore Hollywood's almost century-long relationship with the seductive undead of the Prince of Darkness.
Bela Lugosi's 'Dracula'
The first official film based on Bram Stoker's novel, American director Tod Browning's 1930's classic "Dracula," introduced audiences to the undead Prince of Darkness. Despite special effects limited only to fog, lighting, and large flexible bats, "Dracula" still manages to hold up nearly 90 years later thanks to its unsettling black-and-white footage, beautifully creepy sets, and fantastic portrayal of the lead role by Hungarian-American actor Bela Lugosi.
"It remains the most subtly romantic and highly atmospheric rendition of Bram Stoker's tale about the Transylvanian count, with Browning orchestrating the opening scenes to macabre perfection," writes critic Alan Jones.
As for Dracula's brides, while they lack the seductive qualities that would embody future versions, they're no less disturbing – with the pale skin, unkempt robes, and slicked jet-black hair. The undead have rarely looked so simultaneously gorgeous and terrifying.