IN November of 1992, the silver screen was treated with a unique depiction of history’s most iconic villain which up until now can send shivers down the spine, and there is still an open debate if this villain had – or is still – existing.
The villain, of course, would be none other than Count Dracula, the ruthless progenitor of vampire stories around the globe.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which was based from the book with the same title, was released in movie theatres in that year and starred award-winning actor Gary OIdman as the iconic bloodsucker and was directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
Stoker’s plot was far from the usual vampire stories, as it narrated the history of Vlad Dracula, a ruthless and fearless leader of the Order of the Dragon tasked to finish off the Turks in 1462.
Despite his victory against the Turks, Vlad Dracula returned grieving after learning that his wife, Elisabeta, had committed suicide after hearing false news of his death, coupled with the news that his wife’s soul is already condemned in the afterlife.
Of course, this enraged Vlad Dracula and denounced his faith, declaring that he will rise from the grave to avenge Elisabeta with all the powers of darkness and thus, the vampire Dracula was born.
Apart from the epistolary narration, what piqued my interest is that Vlad Dracula became the most gruesome and most feared villain in history — all because of love. Stoker’s depiction of Dracula and Coppola’s vision on the big screen all boiled into one solid fact: It’s the saddest love story of all time.
Dracula’s sacrifices in war, the loss of his love and the rage he felt when everyone turned him down when he asked for his wife’s forgiveness all led to the horrifying – yet somewhat beautiful – story that still lingers up to this time.
Now, just to further entice your interest on this, here’s one song in the movie soundtrack of Dracula, performed perfectly – in my opinion – by Annie Lennox.