March 31, 1997 |
"Dracula" just won't die. Not the legend, anyway. As the Old Globe Theatre tackles Steven Dietz's 1995 adaptation of Bram Stoker's century-old novel, what fascinates more than the show itself is the question of why the myth keeps coming back to suck the blood from our collective imagination. Why does this vampire tale and its age-old suggestion of good versus evil, clean versus unclean, continue to frighten and titillate the senses? What does that say about us, anyway?
February 19, 1995 |
Learn the truth about Dracula on two 22-day tours, March 28 and Sept. 6, to Romania. The tour will trace the life of Prince Vlad Dracul, known in history as Vlad the Impaler. It will include four days in Istanbul, Turkey, whose history and culture are interwoven with that of the Balkan countries, as well as visits to Bucharest and many other Romanian cities. Cost: $4,500 from New York, including air fare, hotels, meals, guides, transfers, tips and taxes. Not included: air fare to New York.
August 22, 2001 |
The descendants of a former Romanian princess are suing the government for the return of an ancient fortress known as "Dracula's Castle"--or $25 million in compensation. Culture Minister Razvan Theodorescu said the state would treat the claim from former Princess Ileana's family "calmly," but he suggested that it was out of line since the state has repaired the 14th century fortress in the Transylvanian town of Bran.
November 15, 1992 |
Through the years, there have been many film Draculas. Here are some of the best, most memorable and silliest. . . Nosferatu (1922). Still the greatest movie ever derived from "Dracula," F.W. Murnau's free adaptation--written by Henrik Galeen ("The Golem")--shifts the locale to Bremen, renames the characters (Dracula is Orlok, Harker is Hutter), and adds a horrific plague as the climax.
April 2, 2002 |
A Dracula theme park in Transylvania has attracted enough investment for the project to go ahead, the Romanian government said. Investors have bought $2.9 million worth of stock, more than 60% of what is needed by law for the project to proceed, Tourism Minister Dan Matei Agathon said. The park is to be built in Sighisoara, hometown of 15th century Prince Vlad the Impaler, who inspired Bram Stoker's "Dracula." It will have rides, a golf course, a Gothic castle and shops.
February 5, 1993
When the program formally lists a credit for "Rat construction," you're in for a different evening. The rats appear in a prison scene impaled on little sticks. That's the least of the horrors in "Dracula Tyrannus, the Tragical History of Vlad the Impaler" at the Tiffany. The production--awash in severed heads, mutilated bodies and disembowelments--is not camp.
October 22, 1987 |
Orange County's new Way Off Broadway theater company makes its debut tonight with "Dracula--A Halloween Haunt." "What better bloodthirsty saga at Halloween time?" asks Tony Reverditto, the troupe's founder-director. "This Dracula will surprise people, because it's a more updated version. But we promise a full range of chills and fun." The play, by John Mattera, will run through Sunday and Wednesday through Oct. 30 at 8 p.m., with a special 9 p.m. performance Oct. 31 at 1058 E. First St.
September 1, 1987 |
Idols may come and go in this fickle, star-starved world, but our monsters are always with us. Consider the enduring appeal of Frankenstein and Dracula, both subjects of world premieres in San Diego this year. Frankenstein's emergence in San Diego City College's "Monstrum" may not have been entirely successful, but it was provocative--a sympathetic portrayal of the creature who hated in revenge for being denied love.
November 17, 1992 |
Weekend estimates of a $32-million gross for Francis Ford Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula" fell to $30 million when the final tally came in on Monday, but it made no difference in its ranking as the year's third-biggest opening and biggest-ever non-summer premiere. Thanks largely to "Dracula," box-office grosses were roughly double the same weekend a year ago.
February 12, 1989 |
Dracula has been rediscovered in Transylvania. Visitors who travel to this ancient province in central Romania in search of Dracula's roots are never really sure, however, whether the elusive figure they are pursuing is fact or fiction. There were actually two Draculas--one a man, the other a myth. The Romanians, in an effort to accommodate the demands of foreign tourists, have given them a little bit of both.