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August 24, 2003 | Michael J. Ybarra, Special to The Times
A scream echoes through the old house on the hill in Transylvania. A man in a black cape flies down the stairs. Outside a storm threatens. But even in Dracula's hometown, evil is not what it used to be. The man in black is Hans Bruno Frolich, a Lutheran priest. The shriek comes from his young daughter, playing upstairs in the parish house. And a few cobblestone streets away at the Club Dracula Internet Cafe, the only thing diabolical is the price of a drink.
August 15, 2004 | Jan Breslauer, Special to The Times
It's gloomy and gray, and the rain is coming down in sheets. An ominous crash of low-rumbling thunder resounds outside. An even more ominous crash of indeterminate origin resounds within the Belasco Theater, where technical rehearsals for "Dracula, the Musical" are underway. The atmosphere on this mid-July day is grim and gothic, in keeping with the 1897 Bram Stoker novel on which the musical is based.
Bringing the "Mash" to Moorpark: Bobby "Boris" Pickett rose to world fame as the performer and co-writer of "Monster Mash." A No. 1 single in 1962, the record has become a perennial, as identified with Oct. 31 as "Easter Parade" and "White Christmas" are with their own holidays. Pickett is the Guy Lombardo of Halloween. Home video fans can spot Pickett in the recent sci-fi parody "Lobster Man from Mars" (where he appears with Tony Curtis, Patrick Macnee and Billy Barty).
February 9, 1992
The photo caption with Film Flips Jan. 26 states "Bela Lugosi, the original film Dracula . . ." is misleading and incorrect. The Max Schreck as Nosferatu original Dracula ("Nosferatu") from Bram Stoker's Gothic novel, was produced and directed in 1922 in Germany by F. W. Murnau, a silent starring Max Schreck who made Lugosi look tame in comparison. OLIVER BERLINER Beverly Hills Dracula is the most popular character in the movie horror genre, with 160 appearances and counting.
November 22, 1992
Having been a publicist himself--for actor Sir Henry Irving--Bram (Abraham) Stoker must be chuckling in his bier over all the current coverage of Dracula. AL HIX Hollywood
October 28, 1990 | Kenneth Turan.
HOLLYWOOD GOTHIC by David J. Skal (W. W. Norton: $39.95). "I am . . . Dracula," Bela Lugosi announced to the world as only he could in Todd Browning's 1931 vampire epic, and the Hollywood horror film was born. But, as author Skal points out in this witty, comprehensive look at "the tangled web of Dracula from novel to stage to screen," the lure of the vampire began before Bela and bids fair to continue on long after his passing. Skal introduces us to Bram Stoker, the book's muddled author, and Florence, the protective widow who became obsessed with systematically destroying all copies of "Nosferatu," the classic German vampire film.
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