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Actor Spotlight: Bela Lugosi

Bela Lugosi

Name: Bela Ferenec Dezso Blasko

Birth: October 20, 1882

Death: August 16, 1956

“Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they play,” is just one of the many iconic lines Bela Lugosi said in his star role of Count Dracula in 1931’s Dracula.

Even after more than 50 years after his death, Lugosi remains an iconic figure in the world of classic movies and horror. He defined the image and characteristics of a vampire; the cape, his charming and suave attitude, and of course his aversion to sunlight and crosses and his affinity for blood. We can see these traits in the majority of vampire movies that have been produced since Dracula.

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Monstrous Controversies

The 1920s – 1960s weren’t exactly the heydays for movies filled with murder and gore. When horror films started being produced, people were revolted at a murder scene that today’s generation wouldn’t even blink at.

The Universal Monster movies faced backlash for its “racy” content when released. Scenes were cut, lines were changed, and some films were banned altogether. Fortunately, some of the scenes that were cut have been restored, but many remain lost.

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