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Hollywood Gothic: The Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to Stage to Screen

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The primal image of the black-caped vampire Dracula has become an indelible fixture of the modern imagination. It's recognition factor rivals, in its own perverse way, the familiarity of Santa Claus. Most of us can recite without prompting the salient characteristics of the vampire: sleeping by day in its coffin, rising at dusk to feed on the blood of the living; the abili ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 18th 2004 by Faber & Faber (first published 1990)
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Abel
Oct 11, 2015 Abel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lo mejor: que he aprendido y que me he divertido muchísimo conociendo los avatares que han llevado a Drácula del papel a la pantalla, pasando por el teatro y otro tipo de artes como el ballet.
Lo peor: que ahora tengo una laaarga lista de películas que me gustaría ver cuando antes :-P
Sharon Hill
Oct 04, 2015 Sharon Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dracula through the ages - fascinating reading.

Begins with the Bram Stoker novel, proceeds to the stage version, the trouble with Florence Stoker, copyright, lawsuits and studio troubles. Includes an entire chapter explaining why the Spanish version is better than the Lugosi version. There is good info about how Bela Lugosi sabotaged himself in the role that subsumed. Then, how the studio fought with his heirs.

Also includes bits about how Hammer films put life back into the Dracula character a
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Jill Hutchinson
This book is a little more serious that it first appears. The major theme is not necessarily the vampire in general but instead it follows the legal and personal tragedies that were a result of the original book written by Bram Stoker. After his death his wife Florence was in charge of the estate and although there was little in writing that gave her control over the content or, rather, the use of the vampire as the main character,, she believed that there was. When the German classic film Nosfe ...more
Mariano Hortal
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[Crítica] ‘Hollywood Gótico’: Las memorias del icono vampírico.

¿Es posible entender lo que implica Drácula en el género del terror? David J. Skal lo intentó explicar y salió vivo del intento. Estamos ante una de las historias más enrevesadas de nuestra historia cultural reciente. Este libro arroja algo de luz sobre una de la figuras más complejas del género.


El crítico cultural y cineasta David J. Skal (1952) es el artífice de Hollywood Gótico
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Carla Remy
The afterlife of the novel Dracula is a long (ongoing) story involving the law and endless plays and movies. I love the fact of the Spanish language version filmed at night on the sets of the Bela Lugosi version in1930.
Ignacio
Aug 28, 2015 Ignacio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Notable repaso a la figura Drácula desde el origen del mito vampírico en la literatura y centrado fundamentalmente en la novela de Bram Stoker y sus primeras adaptaciones al teatro y al cine. Skal hace uso de una labor de documentación exhaustiva y sigue todas las facetas creativas: la vida de Stoker, su escritura del manuscrito, su periplo editorial, la adaptación de Murnau, la elaboración de los diferentes guiones, lo que supusieron sus papeles para sus actores... con pequeños análisis de la e ...more
Rachel
This is an excellent, excellent book, for either those interested in the Dracula story and the various forms that it's taken, those interested in the history of horror films, or those who just like vampires. It's wonderfully designed - a gorgeous still from the 1931 Bela Lugosi movie graces the first page - eliminating at the onset most of the danger that this book could fall into painful cheesiness. And Skal writes about the first forty years of the Dracula story with intelligence, wit, and a g ...more
Lj
Oct 28, 2015 Lj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imprescindible si te gusta la figura del vampiro o las viejas historias de Hollywood. Narrado de manera ágil y amena y con una edición española impecable en todos los sentidos.
Mallory
Mar 26, 2015 Mallory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Pretty dated, but I do love Dracula facts.
Joel Manuel
Lots of information, but several glaring errors in this revised edition (Blood of Dracula being released before AIP's other teenage horrors, misstating Barbara Shelley's name, and other details from vampire/Dracula movies) and Skal's often snarky reviews of some Dracula movies soured me on this book.
David Wert
An interesting read that tracks the story of Dracula from the novel to the classic Bela Lugosi classic. It also covers the various stage productions as well as the silent film Nosferatu. if you're a fan of the source material or the Lugosi classic it's full of fascinating trivia
Lynell Ingram
Jan 16, 2008 Lynell Ingram rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror, history, and cinema buffs
This is great for anyone into horror movies and the culture surrounding them. An entertaining read that especially gives you a view into the cult history of the 20th century.
Ken
Apr 27, 2009 Ken rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this a long time ago I think. Skal has become quite the horror film scholar or at least author of many books. I've always meant to read his book about Tod Browning.
Belinda
May 29, 2007 Belinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually have a signed copy of this one---Skal is one of the best in writing about classic Hollywood horror--a real treat to read.
Batz
Jan 25, 2016 Batz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I just love all the info in this book. Also love pretty much everything Dracula related. XD
Phil
Jan 20, 2009 Phil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
See how the story/myth of Dracula evolves from early poems to some of the first fully formed stories in the 1800's. Also, read about the story's transition into the early 1900's and up to current day pop culture. It was only in the final few chapters - the 1970's to 2000's did the book loose my interest to a certain extent.
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David J. Skal became fascinated with monsters at the height of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, when indestructible monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man provided a "nuclear security blanket" for a whole generation of youngsters.

Active as an editor and reporter on his high school newspaper, he was granted a journalism scholarship to Ohio University, Athens, where he earned a bachelor'
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