Saw some pictures from the Nightmare on Elm Street re-make that's coming out. It's amusing that Jackie Earl Holliman that played Rorschach will be playing Freddy. A long time ago (like, twenty years ago), when I first heard noises about a "Watchmen" movie, one of the names tossed around to play Rorschach was none other than Robert Englund.

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It feels a little soon to be making remakes of modern horror movies, but I see that Hammer's Dracula was made in 1958, only 27 years after Lugosi's iconic portrayal. (Of course 27 years meant a lot more in them days!)

Likewise its 25 years since the first Freddie film. This validates Leonard Maltin's statement in my 1993 copy of his reviews that Robert Englund was the Cushing and Lee of his day.

Englund might have made a good Rorschach, but isn't he quite tall? I suppose they could have dug trenches for him to walk around in, like 'Scott of the Sahara'.
You could draw an analogy to Hammer's Frankenstein and Dracula remakes of 1957/58. Roughly the same amount of time has elapsed since Craven's film.
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Luke Blanchard said:
You could draw an analogy to Hammer's Frankenstein and Dracula remakes of 1957/58. Roughly the same amount of time has elapsed since Craven's film.
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great minds...
Figserello said:
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Englund might have made a good Rorschach, but isn't he quite tall? I suppose they could have dug trenches for him to walk around in, like 'Scott of the Sahara'.

This is movies. His height would have been a wholly irrelevant consideration -- like Hugh Jackman's height in the X-Men movies.
I wouldn't say 'wholly irrelevant'. Wolverine's short stature is part of who he is and noticing Jackman's height drew me out of the movies a little.

OK, non-fanboys wouldn't realise he's 'wrong', but its an aspect of his personality that they thus miss out on completely. Most other supereheroes are interchangeable in body-types, but Wolverine is supposed to be a rare exception.

Similarly, Rorschach's short stature and 'lifts' in his shoes are part of his story.

But maybe Englund isn't tall. Most modern actors aren't. Maybe I just thought he was big because he happened to be scaring the living bejappers out of me at the time...
According to IMDB, Englund is 5'9".

Figserello said:
But maybe Englund isn't tall. Most modern actors aren't. Maybe I just thought he was big because he happened to be scaring the living bejappers out of me at the time...
Sorry about that, Fig.
Rich Lane said:
According to IMDB, Englund is 5'9".

Figserello said:
But maybe Englund isn't tall. Most modern actors aren't. Maybe I just thought he was big because he happened to be scaring the living bejappers out of me at the time...


OK, so he is on the short side, then.
Remakes of the Bram Stoker Dracula story, as opposed to sequels, is a category unto itself. Nosferatu and Lugosi's Dracula were made just a few years apart and follow virtually the same plot line - one being a silent film the other a "talkie". In the Fifties Hammer produced their first version and then followed with a "more faithful" rendition, Count Dracula in the early Seventies. Around that same time a made for TV Dracula mini series starring Jack Palance premiered. Palance was the visual inspiration for Gene Colon's comic book rendition of the character. This was shortly followed by another big screen re-do with Frank Langella. More recently Francis Ford Coppola produced his version of the classic Stoker story. That's at least eight Dracula films in a span of approximately 70 years.
The 1931 Dracula film was based on a successful play that Lugosi had starred in.
Anyone else seen the Carl Dreyer film Vampyr?
Well, it's funny - Lugosi last appeared as Dracula in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein in 1948, so, in a way, there was only ten years between Lugosi and the first Hammer Dracula.

And, of course, there was the Frank Langella Dracula, which I've never seen, and Dracula 2000, which I'd rather I hadn't seen, and the George Hamilton Dracula of Love At First Bite, and the Dracula of Van Helsing, and I'm probably forgetting a bunch.

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