Bela Lugosi’s Dracula

Bela Lugosi, as Dracula, about to claim a beautiful victim, played by Helen Chandler, in a scene from the famous 1931 movie. (GettyImages)

Long before Twilight, The Lost Boys and Interview with a Vampire, there was the 1931 horror movie, Dracula. Based on Bram Stoker’s gothic novel by the same name and starring Bela Lugosi as the spooky Count Dracula, the film used creative special effects and dramatic music to create suspense and drama. As the first legitimate vampire movie (more on this later), Bela Lugosi set the bar high for the litany of blood-thirsty angels of the night to come.