Sunday, February 12, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for February 12

"Dracula" premiered in New York on February 12, 1931.

'Dracula' Premieres in New York

America’s passion for vampires began on this day in 1931 as Universal’s Dracula premiered. The first in a long string of “classic” monster movies, Dracula was directed by Tod Browning and starred Bela Lugosi, who had been playing the role in the play version of the Bram Stoker story. Lugosi wasn’t Browning’s first choice for the character. Nor was he the second, third or…you get the idea. Newspapers reported that some people fainted in shock at the horror on screen, which pleased Universal as it help assure them that the film would be a big hit. The role was a blessing and a curse for Lugosi, who became forever tied to the character. His last role was for Plan 9 from Outer Space in 1959. It was directed by Ed Wood and is considered one of the worst movies ever made. This year, movie-goers will suffer through Vampire Academy