Count Dracula might arguably be the most famous vampire in the history of horror. Forget your glitter sparkled Edward Cullen and crew from Twilight, Dracula is and always will be the perfect juxtaposition of romance that crosses the ages and powerful bloodlust. Writer Bram Stoker wrote Dracula based on the real historical figure Vlad "The Impaler" Tepes a bloodthirsty warrior who had a rather brutal way of disposing of his enemies...hence the nickname impaler.
Dracula as a character is both terrifying and mesmerizing a real gothic romance that has inspired the whole vampiric scene for decades. There have been many adaptations of the story and Hollywood is no exception. In my book there are three actors that capture the essence of Dracula and it seems these tattooed super fans would be inclined to agree. Check out these awesome tributes to the silver screen greats who have portrayed Dracula at his best.
Bela Lugosi: The quintessential icon of Dracula possibly because it was the first real portrayal of the Count back in 1931 but also because Bela Lugosi simply owned that part. Along with some beautifully shot scenes and dark atmospheres Bela's performance was spine tingling and captivating at the same time.
Christopher Lee: His performance as Dracula was simply phenomenal, the guy played the seductive charming vampire that would scare the living crap out of you down to a tee. He actually played the part 9 times but Horror of Dracula (1958) and Count Dracula (1970) were his definitive works where his acting shone brightest.
Gary Oldman: He played Count Dracula exactly how he should be. Seductive, scary as hell, disturbing and unpredictable a creature to fear but also to wish he'd sink his teeth right into your neck. The film had a decent cast by Oldman took the best part. Young, old or hideous monster he rocked it all.