With the release of all these the modern vampire movies, the rumor is that Hollywood is deciding to go back to the roots of vampires by making Vlad: the Impaler the movie.
The best known original vampire story, Dracula by Bram Stoker, was based on the historical figure- Vlad Tepes or more commonly known as Vlad, Prince of Wallachia. He is known as the Impaler because of his unique torture techniques he imposed on the Ottoman’s that tried to invade his country.
His Romanian surname was Dracula or Son of the Dragon because his father Vlad Dracul was part of the Order of the Dragon. Vlad’s life was tumultuous- he took the throne three times and was ousted the first two times. His life was full of war and death.
He is known in Romania as a hero. He saved the country from being conquered and even cut down on the crime rate within the city. His tactics were very rough. There are stories of him being upset because the Ottoman visitors would not take off their turbans in his court so since they refused he had them nailed to their heads. He also would cut off the hand of a thief, impale them and leave them around the castle area so that it was a warning to others who wanted to invade his country.
Many people see Vlad either as an evil leader or based up on a recent television movie, Dark Prince: the True Story of Vlad that was not totally accurate but a very entertaining movie.
Scott Kosar, the writer for the remakes of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Amityville horror is rumored to be the writer on this new movie.It is supposed to be more an historical view rather than a romantic view of the prince’s life.
There is no more word as of yet. But this may not just be the year of the vampire but it may be the decade of the vampire movie, books, and television. And the vampires might be more like the original ones.
But, if you are like this vampire fan…all vampires- good or bad – have a place in my life. It just depends upon my mood.
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So, Lexington- what do you think about this? Are you ready for some possible historical facts on the origins of vampires?
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