Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Come ...... here!

Today is Bela Lugosi's birthday. He was born in 1882 and died in 1956. So, technically speaking, today marks his 127th birthday. Can you imagine what his cake would look like with all those candles?

I'm a huge fan of Bela's film, Dracula. To me, he will always be the best vampire in the movie industry. I don't like scary movies, so that is about all I can handle. Despite Bela's many, many film performances, the only one I'm familiar with is Dracula. I watch it every year around Halloween. I love old movies like that -- the ones where you know the actors are acting. They're so dramatic and took their roles so seriously. "Come here. Come ... here!" is one of my favorite lines from that movie. Movies today are so realistic -- too realistic. Maybe that's why I like the old stuff so much.

Bela Lugosi died from a heart attack on August 16, 1956 at the age of 73. He was buried wearing one of his Dracula stage costumes at the request of his son and fourth wife. To me, he was the ultimate vampire and the one and only Dracula. Below is a clip with the famous "Come ... here!" line ...


  1. I used to love watching those old B&W Dracula movies on TV. Today they seem so tame, and yet when I first saw them I was really frightened. Today I sort of giggle when I hear anyone say, "Children of the night."

  2. Dracula: "Come...here!"
    Me: "See ya!" *zoinks!*

    I do enjoy a good B&W scary movie now & then. Actually, I just saw the movie Paranormal Activity. That scared the bejeezus outta me. I love scary movies, though, so it was a good scare!


  3. I didn't know he was buried as Dracula!! That must have been a creepy wake!

  4. I have always loved good vampire stories - you can see if you read the sidebar on my blog.

  5. The old movies, as apposed to the new ones that show everything, allowed the viewer to use his/her imagination. I recently saw (live) 5 British Shakespearean actors do King Lear. They played ALL the characters. There were no sets, no costumes. And yet I was there, in the castle, out in the storm. It was wonderful. I think we can become jaded, our senses dulled, when everything is shown to us and nothing is left to the imagination.

  6. I agree Rena - he is the one and only Dracula for me too!