So while looking up different adaptions of Dracula’s Brides/Wives for my previous blog post I stumbled upon some very interesting versions of Dracula including one of my favorite actors of all time: GERALD BUTLER. ( I would just like to add that he is such a talented man and has played such a wide variety of characters and genres: Phantom of the Opera, 300, P.S. I Love You, Bounty Hunter, The Ugly Truth,Beowulf, How to Train a Dragon, Law Abiding Citizen; GAHHHH He is such a beautiful and talented man.)
Anyways, pardon my gushing about Mr. Butler, Dracula is not only a scary monster because of the way he attacks humans, but also due to his physical appearance.Brom Stoker describes him, through the voice of Jonathan Harker as:
“His face was a strong, a very strong, aquiline, with high bridge of the thin nose and peculiarly arched nostrils, with lofty domed forehead, and hair growing scantily round the temples but profusely elsewhere. His eyebrows were very massive, almost meeting over the nose, and with bushy hair that seemed to curl in its own profusion. The mouth, so far as I could see it under the heavy moustache, was fixed and rather cruel-looking, with peculiarly sharp white teeth. These protruded over the lips, whose remarkable ruddiness showed astonishing vitality in a man of his years. For the rest, his ears were pale, and at the tops extremely pointed. The chin was broad and strong, and the cheeks firm though thin. The general effect was one of extraordinary pallor.”
Well Gerald Butler is more attractive than scary, especially for being an undead. I am pretty sure most woman, and maybe some me, would be fine with him biting and sucking our blood. Here is some more examples of what many movie directors and other groups in society believe Dracula should look like:
So what do you think? Some characteristics are repeated, the dark brows and the widow’s peak, but does that make them scary? I feel that with the repeated characteristics, we have become immune to Dracula; he is kind of like the cookie monster now — okay, more like Count Count. Is he still scary?