Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Countdown to Halloween: Rise of the Vampires

From Tod Browning's Dracula (1931):

"And all around them, the bestiality of the night rises on tenebrous wings. The vampire's time has come."
Stephen King,
'Salem's Lot (1975)

You play your wits against me, mine, who commanded armies hundreds of years before you were born?"
Bram Stoker,
Dracula (1897)

"If it's raining and you're running
Don't slip in mud because if you do

You'll slip in blood tonight...

The moon may be full

The moon may be white

All I know is
you will feel his bite tonight.
It's the night of the vampire.
Roky Erickson, "Night of the Vampire" (1978)


Chris Voss said...

Gorgeous screenshots - despite some of the stilted direction (I'll always prefer James Whale and FRANKENSTEIN to Browning and DRACULA), you can't argue with the dreaminess and creepiness of the first chunk of the movie - brilliant!

Will Errickson said...

Yes, I agree; this sequence is marvelous and truly iconic, but overall the film pales next to FRANKENSTEIN, and especially BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, which I consider the best Universal Horror.

Keith said...

Great images. I love this film. It's such a classic. I actually prefer Frankenstein to this one myself.