While Christopher Lee has become a Dracula icon, I felt Gary Oldman portrayed the character with more understanding and sympathy. Bram Stoker intended Dracula to instil the horror of the unknown and the eroticism of the undead but he also wanted the character to have the desperate yearning for redemption and justification. Oldman's portrayal was quite moving.
And no nomination for David Carradine in Sundown: Vampires in Retreat? Not a serious vampire film but one or two nice touches and a definite look at evils redemption ... in amongst the Vampire Cowboy film!
'Big Mo' Laila Morse is Gary Oldman's older sister.
could i randomly nominate Max Schreck? Althoug hnot strictly Dracula Nosferatu was close enough to the story for the Widow of Bram Stoker to try and get the film stopped.
I believe Herr Schreck's performace is considered highly.
Louis Jourdan and Gary Oldman both managed to get the combination of eroticism and revulsion. Gary Oldman seemed to be playing Vlad Tepes where as Louis Jourdan was playing the character from the book. Max Shrek was the scariest, Bela Lugosi had the best accent but Christopher Lee is the one I think of when I think 'Dracula'.
Difficult choice. I nearly went for Bela. I nearly went for Oldman. But it had to be Lee. I saw an interview with him a few years ago now, where he was a charming, literate, well-spoken gentleman one minute, then he turned into the Prince of Darkness, Lord of Lies the next. It's the eyes. He's definitely got the eyes. Of course, the height, grace, elegance and dark chocolately voice help immensely; but predominately, it's the eyes.
Aunty Ivana is not on this list, so my vote goes to Christopher Lee! For me he has the exact amount of menace and the ability to shift from kind to cruel in a flicker, plus (like Niven) has subtle acting presence - what I mean is he does not need to overact to be mesmeric and have presence on screen.
I voted for Christopher Lee. For me, Dracula has to be sexy and mysterious, and Gary Oldman just didn't do anything for me, although he was very good in the role.
Max Shreck was terrifying in the role, but we can't comment upon his voice considering it was a silent film and I think Dracula has to have a smooth, deep voice like Christopher Lee.
BTW I saw Shadow of the Vampire the other day and Willem Dafoe did a very good job of portraying Shreck (as in Max, not as in the green troll ).
Christopher Lee it has to be.
However Willem Dafoe played a very good Count Orlov in Shadow of the Vampire. The makeup was so good it was difficult to tell it was him.
As a fan of Nosferatu I was not disappointed at all.
Does Count Orlov count as Dracula?