From the earliest silent films such as Georges Méliès' The Devil's Castle (1896) to the recent Twilight adaptation, the vampire genre, like the creatures it presents, has been resurrected throughout cinematic history. More than a hundred vampire films have been produced, along with over a dozen Dracula adaptations. The Count has even appeared in films not pertaining to Bram Stoker's original novel. He has been played by the likes of Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee (fourteen times) both John and David Carradine, and even Academy Award winner Gary Oldman. For as long as vampire movies have been made, Bram Stoker's Dracula has never been out of print. Yet despite the multitude of vampire movies and TV shows made in the past century, three of the earliest portrayals have remained the most influential and terrifying from generation to generation: Nosferatu (1922), Dracula (1931), and Vampyr (1932).
"Trio of Terror,"
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