For a group that is labeled "undead," they certainly get around a lot.
The mythical and marvelous legend of vampires and zombies once was relegated to the silly and campy. Today's version of vampires and zombies exude coolness in how their "characters" are portrayed and are reveling in what you could call a rebirth in popularity.
Those blood sucking entities known as vampires vaulted from relatively obscurity to modern day legends and even teenage heart throbs, most recently due to the popularity of the "Twilight" movie franchise. Before "Twilight" struck a chord with the masses, vampires experienced a modicum of success but mostly as cult like popularity in the form of the movie and television show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" or a plethora of "Dracula" movies beginning with one starring Bela Lugosi in 1931.
Now, Vampires are being hunted by the likes of Van Helsing or even Abraham Lincoln as cinema has latched on to the vampire craze much like those monsters would clamp down on a freshly cleaned neck. The result of the vampire craze is plenty of movies and equally mesmerizing merchandise from just about any and all facets of retail.
The "Twilight" franchise is a billion dollar cash cow that has licensed its way to unbelievable amounts of revenue on everything from T-shirts to sweatpants and plenty of fake fangs for everyone. Dracula is an iconic character and one that script writers and movie producers gravitate toward when a horror/drama movie needs made. The Dracula character is one that is timeless, and that fact is supported when you look at the countless number of versions or variations the character appears in as part of stage and screen. The latest is an NBC drama, aptly titled "Dracula."
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