🎃 October 20 🎃

Today, Bela Lugosi would turn 138. Given his roles as Dracula, it is definite possibility he might still be around!

Born Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskóin Hungary, Bela arrived in Hollywood in the late 1920s. After his appearance as Count Dracula (1931), he became type-cast in horror films. Addiction to methadone further limited his career.

Although the Lugosi family and others dispute the accuracy of his portrayal by Martin Landau in Ed Wood, Landau received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1994, as well as a Golden Globe and a SAG (plus a BAFTA nomination) The movie is worth a watch for the outstanding performance. As Halloween draws nigh, a Bela binge is very appropriate.

Wikipedia has an extensive (and exhausting!) list of all his film performances, including his 1917 debut in Leona Leoni.

So, why not turn down the lights, put garlic butter on your popcorn and invite the Count in . . .

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Dracula was a commercial and critical success upon release, and led to several sequels and spin-offs. It has had a notable influence on popular culture, and Lugosi’s portrayal of Dracula established the character as a cultural icon, as well as the archetypal vampire in later works of fiction. In 2000, the film was selected by the United States Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Wikipedia

may your night be something to howl about . . .