Beefing Up the Vampire Genre: Vlad the Impaler

It turns out that Robert Pattinson, (along with the British Royal Family) is related to Vlad III “The Impaler,” in the same way one in twelve men are related to Genghis Khan, is likely another reason for fans of the vampire genre to moan and groan. Pattinson features in the Twilight series, film adaptions of books chronicling the trials and tribulations of melodramatic teenage vampires and werewolves, I think – I’ve never seen any of the movies. Regardless, Hollywood would do good to bread life into the dead and rotting corpse, previous vampire movies like Dracula 2000, Queen of the Damned, Ultraviolet, Blade: Trinity, and Dracula 3000 (just to name a few) doing the original Dracula a great disservice. The character comes from Bram Stoker’s novel of the same name and was inspired by the hisorical figure Vlad III Dracula of Wallachia. An interesting chap, he had the hard task of combating Ottoman expansion and used the cruelest of methods, hewing down forests and using the trees to impale enemy combatants, often missing their vital organs and keeping them alive as long as possible, punishment and psychological warfare in the 15th century. For those looking for a somewhat representative look at the man and the myth, you can read the book or watch Bram Stoker’s Dracula by Francis Ford Coppolla, which features a brief backstory (there’s also a TV movie called Dark Prince). Apparently a biopic is in the works, but is being scripted by the same guy who did The Machinist and Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, and though I mention his brutal tactics, one has to keep in mind the time and circumstances he was living in, and in Western culture his name has become synonmous with torture, killing and the undead, in Eastern culture he’s likely seen as a proper historical figure, a hero and a reformer. Those espousing the latter view will likely be disappointed by a horror-like interpretation of the man.

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  1. Everybody love vampires, well at least the movies and the idea, but your right about the British Royal Family. Vlad the Impaler is an interesting person and it would be nice to see a cool movie even though he is pretty much know as Dracula. I would however welcome a new movie. and I look forward to it.



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