He lurked in the night carefully stalking his human prey, he was the original walking dead who waited for the night to fall to climb out of his coffin to suck your blood. If you know who Bela Lugosi is then I know you had an awesome childhood. He was the Hungarian actor who struck fear in the hearts of children back in the day before Dracula became a heart throb young women wanted to date.
It was an era in time when children were forced to use their imaginations for play. You see our toys were pretty basic,and voices, action sounds, and all other forms of animation came from the inner workings of your own mind. If you take the time to watch some of the old horror greats like Boris Karloff, Ed Wood, Lon Chaney Jr.,and Vincent Price, you will find their work to be much less sophisticated by today’s standards for horror film productions. Keep in mind that these were some of the forefathers of horror movies that were being watched by a generation of children who were entirely less jaded, and desensitized by their television/movie going experiences.
The idea that someone was dead coming back to life to stalk you, and suck your blood wasn’t erotic it was completely terrifying! To make matters worse he slept in a coffin just anticipating the moment he would rise from his slumber with the sole purpose of attacking you. The absolute fear of being chased by the walking dead who was faster, stronger, and could transform into a creepy bat that could fly was just plain scary. I can remember lying awake in my bed seeing the shadows cast onto my blinds that covered our windows, convinced that Dracula was outside just waiting for the grown-ups to go to bed so he could creep inside to get me.
Your only hope was to try to ward him off with cloves of garlic, your silver cross that adorned your necklace you wore to Sunday school every Sunday, or being strong enough to stab him through the heart with a wooden stake! Do you know how hard it was to obtain a sharpened wooden stake as an eight-year-old girl growing up in an apartment in downtown Cleveland? 😉