Dracula as a psychosexual metaphor - his power to seduce women - is first hinted at in F.W. Murnau's "Nosferatu" (1922) and again in "Dracula" from 1931, starring Bela Lugosi, in which the count cast a hypnotic spell over both Mina and her friend Lucy. By the time of John Badham's overwrought "Dracula" in 1979, starring a dashing Frank Langella as the ultimate lady-killer, the erotic implications of the vampire have been dialed up to near orgiastic proportions. But instead of fainting over the specter of a vampire, Lucy (Kate Nelligan) has become a strong and assertive woman who's a willing participant in her seduction.
—Christopher Wallenberg, Globe Correspondent
Pictured from left: Bela Lugosi and Frances Dade.