Wednesday, June 13, 2007
The Count is near his hour of doom in this still, from near the end of "Dracula." That's Professor Van Helsing opening the coffin, with Jonathan Harker standing nearby.
This part of the movie was actually the most disappointing part of this otherwise classic tale... Then again, it's kind of the thing with most vampire movies that they tend to end in one of three ways:
1. The hero finds the coffin during the daytime and plunges the stake into the vampire's heart.
2. The hero somehow keeps the vampire from realizing the sun has come up, so that sunlight vanquishes the creature (alternatively, the vampire's simply caught up in what he's doing and is caught by the sun before he can retreat into his coffin, as in House of Frankenstein).
3. The vampire is impaled almost by accident by a wooden stake, usually something that was already broken during battle with the vampire, such as a table leg or a fencepost.
I never saw Blade, so I don't know which, if any of these, happened there.
Posted by Jon K at 10:16 PM