Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.

  • From the Frank Langella version, a single shot, not above 1.5 seconds, of Mina driving to Carfax Abbey. The scene is simultaneously panoramic, claustrophobic, naturalistic, and surrealistic.
  • The verbal showdown between Dracula and Van Helsing in the 1931 film, finishing with Van Helsing driving Dracula off with a crucifix, which he then pockets again with what looks uncannily like a modern day badass action hero pose.
  • Nobody else has ever been as awesome as Dracula as Bela Lugosi.
  • One of the most powerful bits in the book comes very near the beginning (Jonathan is only starting to realise that there is something strange about the Count) where Dracula gives a truly epic speech about the history of his race. In a different context, the speech's content would be worthy of a particularly good Rousing Speech. This is sadly (though unsurprisingly) omitted from many film versions, though the Francis Ford Coppola version had Gary Oldman doing a heavily abridged version: "What devil or witch was ever so great as Attila, whose blood is in these veins?"