Dracula (films)

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For the fandom surrounding the original novel see Dracula (novel)
Name: Dracula
Creator: Various
Date(s): 1920 - present
Medium: Film
Country of Origin: Various, but mostly USA
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The fandoms surrounding the film adaptations of Dracula can often be considered separate from the literary fandom, because although many films keep the basic elements of the original story they often diverge greatly from the novel.


There have been dozens of film adaptations of Dracula, these are some of the more well known that have inspired fan followings:

The Classic Universal Series

Beginning with Dracula (1931), often referenced as the vampire film. It starred Bela Lugosi in the title role, and is considered one of the all-time Horror classics, and spawned three sequels and two spin off films.

The Hammer Series

A classic series of nine British horror films produced in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. It expanded on elements like the brides of Dracula, giving them their own film in 1960 in which the count does not appear. With the exeption of the last movie in the series, The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires from 1974, Dracula was portrayed by the British actor Christopher Lee. [1]

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

Francis Ford Coppola' adaptation of Dracula, starring Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves, and Winona Ryder. That was very popular in the early 1990s.

Dracula Untold

A 2014 film that rewrote Dracula's backstory completely, giving the character a new origin story

See also Van Helsing a 2004 film focusing on the adaptation of the Van Helsing character, but not solely focused on his encounter with Dracula



These pairings are found in most adaptations:

  • Count Dracula/Mina Harker
  • Jonathan Harker/Mina Harker
  • Count Dracula/Jonathan Harker
  • Jonathan Harker/Brides of Dracula

Universal Series

  • Dracula/Renfield

Hammer Series

  • Marianne Danielle/Van Helsing

Dracula 2000

  • Dracula/Mary Heller

Dracula Untold

  • Mirena/Vlad Tepes
  • Mina Murray/Vlad Tepes

Common Tropes in Fanworks

  • Brides of Dracula: often focusing on their seduction and sexual use of others, sometimes featuring Jonathan Harker, or adding other male and female characters
  • Aftermath or Futurefic: dealing with what happens after the films end, often dealing with unexpected repercussions
  • Crossover: crossovers are very popular, usually involving characters from other fandoms encountering Dracula


Fan Art

Universal Series

Hammer Series

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

Dracula Untold


Universal Series

Hammer Series

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

Dracula Untold


Dracula (1979)

Example Art Gallery





  1. ^ see also Wikipedia:Dracula (Hammer film series)