1897

Bram Stoker's "Dracula" is published,

creating the template from which all future Draculas are

measured.

1931

Bela Lugosi, below left, tries the count's cape on for size in "Dracula." He'll reprise the role in 1948's "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein." The same year, Carlos Villarias, right, puts a Spanish spin on the role.

1958

Christopher Lee slips into the role for "Horror of Dracula," the first of 10 films he'd appear in as Drac through 1973.

1979

Klaus Kinski, above, appears as Dracula in Werner Herzog's take on the legend, "Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht." The same year, Frank Langella, below, offers a complex, romantic read on the vampire in "Dracula."

1992

Francis Ford Coppola offers a big-budget version starring Gary Oldman in the title role of "Bram Stoker's Dracula."

1995

Mel Brooks works the Dracula legend for laughs by casting Leslie Nielsen in "Dracula: Dead and Loving It."

2004

In Stephen Sommers' monster mash "Van Helsing," starring Hugh Jackman as the title hero, Dracula is embodied by Richard Roxburgh.

2009

Drac is back in the first official sequel to Stoker's original novel. "Dracula The Un-Dead" is written by Dacre Stoker - Bram Stoker's great grandnephew - and Ian Holt.

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