Thursday, July 1, 2010

Bela Lugosi's Dead: Vampire History, From Scary Monster to Sexy Beast

Love it or hate it, you can’t deny the sheer impact of the Twilight phenomenon.
But the evolution of the vampire from horror to hottie is a surprising development. Sure, mysterious and brooding is always sexy when you’re a teen (or at least that’s what Stephenie Meyer is banking on), but how did we ever get from the bloodthirsty Count Dracula and beastly Nosferatu-style freaks of nature to sexy vamps like Edward Cullen and Bill Compton? On the release of the third installment of the Twilight film series, Eclipse, we explore, in timeline form, how our perception of these creatures of the night went from terrifying to swoon-worthy.
To get your full, bloodlusty fix, check out our gallery below for a look at all the featured vampires in chronological order, brush up on your auxiliary vampire myths via our handy field guide or rock out with our vamp-centric playlist.

Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) (1456)
Prince Vlad III, also known as Dracula (“son of the dragon” or “son of the devil”), comes to power in Wallachia (modern-day Romania). His cruelty earns him the nickname “Vlad the Impaler,” and his legend becomes the framework for the greatest vampire tale of them all, Dracula.

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