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Category: Dracula

A new international trailer has been released for the movie Dracula Untold. Watch it below:

Date: September 4th | Category: Dracula, Movie, Previews
View Comments // View All Comments (0) | Posted by Katherine

How did we miss this?? I must have been living under a rock these past weeks to not know about this new movie that is being released in October.


Dracula Untold essentially serves as a prequel to Bram Stoker’s classic tale. The film stars Luke Evans as the titular bloodsucker alongside Sarah Gadon, Samantha Barks, Thor Kristjansson, Art Parkinson, Zach McGowan, and Dominic Cooper.

Universal’s dramatic horror movie tells the origin story of the most famous of vampires. Michael De Luca is producing the project, and commercials helmer Gary Shore is making his directorial debut on the picture.

The synopsis for the movie reads:

Luke Evans is starring as the most famous of vampires in an origin story that sees a Transylvanian prince risk eternal damnation in order to save his wife and son from a Turkish horde. Barks plays a figure in Eastern European folk tales known as a baba yaga, a beautiful young woman who turns into a savage witch. Kristjansson is Bright Eyes, an Eastern European taken as a slave as a young boy and now a vicious assassin in the Ottoman Army. Parkinson portrays Dracula’s son, named Ingeras.

Check out the preview below:

Dracula Untold – International Trailer by dreadcentral


Date: June 25th | Category: Dracula, Movie
View Comments // View All Comments (0) | Posted by Katherine

From Nosferatu and Count Dracula to modern-day bloodsuckers in Twilight and Vampire Diaries the world-wide frenzy for the undead is insatiable. Now Turkey too is experiencing its own vampire renaissance – and AA met Istanbul’s own real-life vampire to find out more.

Giovanni Scognamillo, 85, lives in house-cum-vampire museum in the ancient Beyo?lu neighborhood of Istanbul, complete with cloak and other undead paraphernalia. By day an artist and cinema-history writer, by night Scognamillo – with his long, tapered black nails – is a self-described ‘vampire’.

Scognamillo has been writing and researching the legendary creatures for decades. Although common in other European folk tales, the undead traditionally do not feature much in Turkey: “Vampire stories in Turkey are mainly adapted from other languages,” he says.

Although vampire-related stories feature in a range of cultures from Eskimos in the Arctic Circle to the steamy climes of Brazil, much of the Oriental tradition has escaped their clutches. Even “One Thousand and One Nights,” the marvelous book of East, doesn’t mention vampires, says Scognamillo.

“We are the real vampires; we attribute our bad behaviors to vampires,” he says.

The younger generation in Turkey has become fascinated in vampire-related culture especially after the Twilight series, the young-adult vampire-romance novels which sold more than 120 million copies worldwide with translations into at least 38 different languages.

Scognamillo, however, is not a fan: “I didn’t watch the Twilight series because I love vampires; they are poorly treated in the movies,” he sniffs.

But finding vampires in Turkey can be a job which would challenge even Van Helsing: Mehmet Bilal Dede, an Istanbul author of vampire fiction set in the Ottoman Empire says that although there are ogres and bogeymen in Turkish folklore “in our culture vampires are attributed to Western countries and Christianity.”

Mehmet Bilal gives the example of myths about the 15th-century Romanian prince Vlad III – better-known as Vlad the Impaler – who is believed to have inspired the character of Count Dracula after legends accusing him of drinking the blood of defeated Ottoman soldiers.

“It’s believed that he collected the blood in barrels and drank it. That’s the information that led to the birth of the vampire legend,” he says.

The first example of vampire stories in Turkish literature is Ali R?za Seyfi’s 1928 novel titled ‘Kaz?kl? Voyvoda (Impaler Voivode).’ The book was later filmed as Dracula in Istanbul (Drakula Istanbul’da) and is said to be a summary of Bram Stoker’s famous novel.

“Turkish cinema still waiting for its vampire,” says Dede adding that it’s a mystery why the country’s movie industry has not filmed its own homegrown vampire saga despite the undead being a rich source of drama.

Although vampires have great power they are vulnerable to daylight, making it almost impossible for them to have a “real” and “meaningful” relationship with human beings. Dede says this makes them a symbol of loneliness, an “other” figure.

“Instead of transforming old, grotesque and rough vampire stories, today’s stories are written with aesthetic concerns and new approaches. As a result, attention has increased more than ever,” Dede says.

More humane, conscientious vampire characters are taking the place of the old vampire-slaying yarns, he adds.

To find Turkey’s vampires, one has to go back much further than the Twilight movies. A communications lecturer at Istanbul University, Dr. Esra Gulay Er Pasin says: “When we go back in time we can see different examples of vampire beliefs, not in Anatolia, but in different geographies where Turks lived.”

Vampires, having only memory of their biological family, are ideally suited to question human beings’ place in the universe, says Pasin.

“Vampires carry the unbearable weight of unknowing,” she says.

Not all real-life vampires are as colorful as Istanbul’s own Giovanni Scognamillo. In 2013 Turkish media reported the case of a traumatized 23-year-old soldier discovered by doctors to have an addiction to blood. Eventually diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Dissociative Identity Disorder doctors believed him to be the first case of “vampirism” in the country.

As for Istanbul’s resident Count Dracula, Giovanni Scognamillo is planning to open his second exhibition of vampire paintings this year in Beyo?lu.


Date: May 16th | Category: Articles, Dracula, General
View Comments // View All Comments (0) | Posted by Katherine

If watching re-runs of “True Blood,” “The Vampire Diaries,” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” just isn’t satisfying your vampire addiction, you’re in luck.

If you’re a multi-millionaire, that is.

The 14th century castle that inspired Bram Stoker to write “Dracula” in 1897 about a bloodthirsty vampire named Count Dracula, has been put on the market by the owner, Romanian Archduke Dominic von Habsburg, for an undisclosed price. Apparently, the Romanian government has already offered around $80 million.

The hill-clinging Romanian castle, officially known as Bran Castle, is currently being used as a museum for previous owner, Queen Marie of Romania’s, art and antique collection, but if the right offer comes along, the archduke might just have to sink his teeth into it.

Sure, Dracula might be a fictional character who never actually lived there, but the real person his character was based on, Vlad the Impaler- son of Vlad II Dracul and prince of Wallachia, apparently spent two months imprisoned there in the mid-15th century.

Teutonic knights, Hungarian kings, and Romanian royalty have also graced the eerie crimson red turrets.

If you aren’t scared off by the undisclosed price, the lack of toilets, and the 560,000 tourists who visit the castle annually, you might just find yourself bewitched with the property’s estate garden, quaint wishing well, and stone courtyard.


Date: May 15th | Category: Articles, Dracula, General
View Comments // View All Comments (0) | Posted by Katherine
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