Shadow Cast: Vision 2 – Who Should Have Played Count Dracula in the 1950s?

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Sergio Diaz


There’s a hole deep in the darkest parts of South L.A. where dreams never met and talent never realized go to die. Black deaths. It’s like something out of Lovecraft. Remember the dumpster in Mulholland Drive? Yeah. Of course, no one dares look into this hole. Not for too long. That would be tatamount to diving into the bowels of Hell itself. And who’d do that, I mean really? By reaching into this dark realm, we can bring to light these visions of a past not created and explore what could have been had the stars aligned differently. Let’s call it a What If or a Who Should Have or a…Shadow Cast. That’s what the demons call it.

From Max Schreck to Gary Oldman to Klaus Kinski to Adam Sandler, hundreds of actors have put on the cowl, fixed in the fangs, and offered their best interpretation of Bram Stoker’s famed character, Count Dracula. The most famous of these is obviously Bela Lugosi in the 1931 Universal classic, probably the most iconic image of Dracula we’ve come to know. Odd then to think that he only played the character twice, and one of those times was spooking himself in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.

The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night: Curse III: Blood Sacrifice (1991)

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After starting in Washington D.C. nine years ago Horror Movie Night has expanded to include chapters in Austin, Dallas and Chicago. Horror’s Not Dead’s own Brian Kelley is the originator and programmer of this illustrious weekly Wednesday night tradition which features a “classic” horror film. Each week I will be reviewing/commenting on the past week’s selection so do your best to find the film, most of which have not made it past VHS, and follow along. Better yet, start your own chapter!

Curse III VHS Cover

Fucking white people. Am I right?

This is a phrase you will become quite familiar with over the course of the 90 minutes of this week’s film. Furthering the grand tradition of the first two films in The Curse series, this has nothing to do with the other installments. Where part one concerned an alien disease from a meteorite (adapted from a Lovecraft story), and its sequel dealt with some crazy snakes and infected bites transforming the wounded serpents; part three is nothing like the other two. In fact, we even get the exotic locale of South Africa in this one and some crazy tribal shenanigans! Curse III: Blood Sacrifice (aka Panga) involves none of the same characters or experiences, and even gets rid of most of the fun the first two films had going for them. Lame.

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