Bram Stoker's "Dracula" is published,

creating the template from which all future Draculas are



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.


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


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."


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


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


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


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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