Dacre Stoker & Grave of The Vampire

Dacre Stoker & Grave of The Vampire

January 14, 2020 18 By William Hollis


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as a main course it serves to its viewers one can gather that we are also
rather quite fond of all things that have vampires some of us more so than
others yeesh and while we presented more then a few vampire films not to mention the
fact that we shall offer one up tonight as well
we’ve never quite delved into the literary history of the genre itself
until tonight welcome to Creature Features I am Vincent the tall glass of
h2o to this side would be my commendable valet Mr. Livingston and the annoying
debutante who fancies herself a vampire would be my bothersome and puerile
housemate Tangella bothersome is indeed an understatement
undoubtedly back to my diatribe tonight we’ll be discussing the origins of the
Dracula character of which one cannot properly deliberate upon this particular
subject without full recognition and acknowledgement to the man at the center
of that particular genre namely the legendary author Bram Stoker and who
better to discuss this with us than the man himself Bram Stoker was born in
1847 he is no longer alive indeed my dear Livingston in fact he’s also quite
dead however his grandnephew Dacre Stoker is quite joyfully still alive and
shall join us tonight to discuss his famous uncle and to acquaint us with his
own dabbling into the world of vampire fiction authorship he’ll also my
goodness Tangella Handrew will you please secure this
silly lass so I may wrap up the introduction Dacre will also be with us
to watch tonight’s film called Grave of the Vampire from 1972 I think we’ve shown
this one before but from what I understand it’s like reheated pizza it’s
much better tasting the second time around hardly so don’t go away for it’s
to be another night of blood sucking fright right here on Creature Features well at least she did not bite him stay tuned I love vampires and I think you like
them as well because it’s Creature Feature time right time for Creature
Features and we’ve got again we got quite a guest I mean I don’t know how to
describe you other than to say amazing right we have Dacre Stoker with us who
is the grand nephew of Bram Stoker the Bram Stoker I mean that’s probably the
most famous author in the world he ranks up there he does certainly in in
horror he would be number one I think more people recognize his name than they
recognize Mary Shelley in our family we like to think so right no you say Mary
Shelley to someone and they’re gonna be like oh does she have like a
delicatessen down the street but if you say Bram Stoker they’re like
oh my god that’s the Dracula guys that’s the one
so that’s they should make a Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein have they done
that they have they have yes see great minds think alike all right so
we’ve got Dacre Stoker with us and he’s going to tell us all kinds of stuff
we’re starting with your books he’s written two books on the topic runs in
the family fruit does not fall far from the tree
and we’re gonna watch this film Grave of the Vampire and you’ve seen it it’s an
interesting one all right well I’ve seen you as well but I don’t remember it so I
might ask you to give me spoilers which are not gonna be real spoilers because
I’ve seen the film well let’s scream together we’ll do it and you came all
the way from South Carolina I did I think he just came to see us not to see
us but because he wants to avoid hurricane season we have that too that’s
another horror yeah he’s here to see us he’s here to do great events and he’s
gonna chat us up about this film but let’s start the film right absolutely
that’s good I’m ready off we go Grave of the Vampire you guys
stay with us Hey Paul Paul, where are you going? We’ll be back But Lola blossoms gonna do a dance in there And we got all the freshmen dressed up like dogs so they can crawl on their knees and bark at her. you have fun we will be back Shall I tell Lola to get started, yeah tell Lola to get started Don’t think I’ll ever be frightened of graveyards They’re special for us it was almost this very spot Is that why you brought me here tonight? No, that’s not why I brought you here tonight. I Saw you peeking into the bedroom where Lola blossom was getting dressed. I wasn’t peeking What do you call it? Then? She just left the door open then I Go on Paul. I merely suggested her that perhaps she should close it. Yes, Paul, I understand Leslie Oh Oh Paul that’s beautiful Will you marry me Leslie Yes, Paul Anytime you want me to I love you. It was my grandmother’s I’ve never seen anything so beautiful You know, the only thing I own is this car It isn’t even paid for yet We can move into my folks summer place anytime we want to It’s boarded up since they died. We can make it livable. It’s only ten miles from here What was that We’re not the only two out here welcome back to Creature Features we are
still watching Grave of the Vampire with thee Dacre Stoker great nephew of
Bram Stoker and your a author as well but before we get into that I need to
know the beginning when did you find out you were related yes bet you always knew
well I sort of did but it was around 12 years old in Montreal Canada Montreal
Montreal you speak French but of course un petit peu tu paroles français
oui Mais juste un petite peu Je parle francais comme un chien. Comme un chien?
Comme un jolie chien, mais, un chien. sorry about the French we have subtitles
for you though so you found out when you were 12 yeah Halloween friends would
come to the door joke what’s gonna happen at your house you give us candy
or you’re gonna take our blood and I finally sort of got it and I said dad
what are they talking about and he went to the bookshelf and reached up and took
out this mustard-colored book and it was a first edition of Dracula
oh my good and it was signed by Bram to his mother your kidding and a couple other names of
his brothers and his brother’s wife that were also in the book he revealed that
the family secret to you on Halloween it was perfect and then he said son it’s
time you need to read this at 12 years old I took my first stab you put it on
eBay and make like a million dollars right I need to read it first though of
course and I kind of got it but it was it was tough sledding as we say in
Canada it was difficult read and it wasn’t till real University when I
really got into it and fully understood really sort of the impact of this story
on the world I mean really what Bram wrote changed the world in horror
literature brought us the greatest horror character Count Dracula
well of course Dracula did not exist before that there was like vampire
things but then they even call them vampires they had different names in
different countries and and you’re right Bram didn’t invent it he just sort of brought it
to a great pinnacle with identifying of this sort of Transylvanian count well he
created one of the most iconic characters at least in Hollywood and the
universal things of Dracula I mean everyone loves Dracula have you ever met
Bela Lugosi I met his son his son what’s his name his sons Bela Lugosi Jr. Bela Lugosi Jr.
yeah you know we should have him on the show so you found out you were related
and ever since then you’ve been on pursuit of the truth that the pursuit of
understanding what was in Bram’s brain has really sort of got me you know I’ve
decided to you know devote the last 15 years of my life to figure out who was
Bram Stoker how did he come to write this this Irishman a student a civil
servant an athlete with an interesting childhood past how did he come to write
this story that you know really rocked the world and you discovered it I don’t
think I’ve totally discovered I’m on route to discovering it I found his
notes I found manuscripts I found letters and I think I’ve got a pretty
good idea we’re gonna be showing some of this stuff yeah I brought some for you wonderful
wonderful all right well as far as this movie goes we haven’t seen much happen
yet there’s been some assault going on and it does not look good but I think
this movie is gonna progress to something better right it it looks good
for the vampire right now for the vampire all right all right so let’s get
back to the film when we come back we’re gonna maybe see some of this stuff but
first back to you Grave of the Vampire stay with us Hey lieutenant Um, this place gives me the hurts. I am nervous It’s there anywhere. I can have a drink You’ll get your drink sir. I just give me one more time. I Told her damn one more more more more than 50 times Once more sir, I Was asleep by the rear gate of the cemetery, I heard a thumping sound I heard a woman scream that woke me up that woke me up Then I tried to go halfway back to sleep. But the Sun was coming up and i couldn’t couldn’t keep my eyes closed. So I got up and walked a bit Then I saw her not that man. Terrible ohh terrible And then another man climbing out of an open grave got up yelling screaming And I looked down In the grave in there. She was dressed up in this Body naked I start running down lieutenant Yelling and young running and tell a patrol, but cop picked me up and Im here since when you saw the man running Can you remember if the Sun had completely risen I Was so frightened when I saw that dead boy’s face. I couldn’t think anything else try to think now I Don’t remember the sir, I only know it was like a grayness when the night is over Didn’t go now Zack just check in with us every day for a while. Oh, thank you. Thank you lieutenant. I will I will and and look I’ll be down by a Bible mission too And no more more Cemetery for me we were thinking Zack Aren’t you gonna hold Zak. Mm-hmm. He was drunk Maybe blew his top and killed the kid. I would put it past him. Zack is harmless What’s all this about their sun? Haven’t come up or not? The kid’s body was drained of blood wasn’t it? He was badly cut up the blood just drained out. Then where is it? It wasn’t on the ground. It wasn’t in the car I figure he was killed somewhere else and then dumped in the graveyard Maybe you’re right now look lieutenant All day long you’ve been dismissing every possibility I’ve come up with I don’t mind telling you I don’t like Now we got a young man who has been murdered in some freaky way a Young girl half out of her mind who may or may not have been sexually assaulted and a crypt from which someone stole an old corpse Now, how about asking some questions around that campus Will Duffy and any place else you feel we might come up with something. All right, then Leslie Hollander was raped lieutenant There are contusions and bad bruises on her back in on her legs, she’s gradually coming out of the shock May I try to speak to her Well, alright, but just for a few minutes Leslie there are some gentlemen here from the police to see you Miss Hollander, I’m lieutenant Panzer this is sergeant Duffy We’d like to talk to you about what happened last night, it’s not only what happened to you miss It’s what could happen to others in the future? That’s your duty under the law to I’m going to show you some pictures now It’s possible that a man that did this to you is in these pictures I’m going to hold him so that you can easily glance at each one I’ll keep on flipping him and you keep on looking at The faces miss hollander faces That’s a good Can’t you see she needs rest now. Olga we’re not gonna hurt Leslie Come on Gentlemen, you’ll have to leave sorry whose photo was it Very man whose corpse is missing from the crypt Caleb Croft Last arrest Boston rape here read it He escaped the same night they caught him The chase left with a Boston subway system on foot He accidentally fell in the third rail he was electrocuted Ship the body to California and placed it that crypt Almost three years ago just suppose the boyfriend raped her and Just suppose. She’s trying to give us the runaround and just suppose that boyfriend committed suicide by running backwards into a great stone Lieutenant, you got a great record on the force. You could very easily be up for Chief But just let it be known that you believe that somebody got juiced with 50,000 volts and three years later climbs out of his grave commits a murder and a rape and Then runs off into the sunrise like Bela Lugosi You’ll lose your job your pension everything You’ve convinced me Like hell I have You just rest Everything will be alright Don’t try to hide from me you feen Don’t waste your breath my dear no one can hear you my basement laboratory is sound true Why did you bring me down? You know, I’m afraid of the dark I need you for a painless experiment Within the hour I will have completely drained you blood You’re a maniac you’ll never get away with this. Mike will find don’t count on it my dear if he does find you leave leave me alone its too Late you should have been more cooperative. No, no don’t struggle Susan, just relax no no please leave me don’t touch me welcome back to the show Dacre stepped
away to go get some more items to show us you know he’s he’s quite like an
encyclopedia britannica of vampires is he not anyways we’re gonna do some
letters but before we do that you know I’ve been wondering about this this
outfit of yours you look like you’re in mourning did somebody die not yet never
know with this one alright let’s do some mail what do you say Mr. Livingston
shall we we shall how are you sir I’m
quite well thank you quite well keeping dry and warm I attempt to good you know he’s
always wearing sweaters and turtlenecks when he’s not doing the show he looks
different off the air all right here we go this one is from potato farm Dave what
does that mean potato farm Dave that is his moniker could it could it be Dave
from potato farm alright anyways he goes hi Creature Features I really
really really like your show I am happy you’re all back you’re the greatest
each time I tune into Creature Features I am reminded at the time when I was
born I found myself in a trash can now 52 years later I find myself on the rim
of that trash can looking around at somebody’s kitchen
baby steps I so I really don’t know what to say about this Dave but it’s pretty
unusual so thank you for writing next up what a letter you have something to say about potato
Dave he would seem to be progressing progressing progressing so he’s he’s
kind of like a french fry he’s like moving up in the world I don’t know all
right this one is from John Faulkari we’ve heard from John before hello John
and it looks like a card of some type ah it’s a Christmas card you know I was
going to tell you guys if you want to send us seasonal gifts you have to do
it early because it takes us so long to get to our mail so we should have read
this weeks ago but it’s not his fault it’s probably her fault maybe no it’s your
fault John all right what do we got here how did this get inside this killer
robot patch this is nice I don’t think that came from John though all right he
goes dear Vincent Mr. Livingston and Tangella wanted to wish the three of you
a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year love you show the three of you are doing
a great job this year three guests you’ve had on
were great Eric Roberts Vincent Prices daughter and Gary Busey actually we had
Jake Busey on but we’re trying to get Gary it’d be nice to have like a
father-son show one night right maybe for father’s day in June keep up the
great work John Faulkari well thanks for riding John
and the card says and you’re at the top of my list as always ho ho ho Merry
Christmas from Santa nice card you know I like classy cards I don’t like the cartoon ones she likes cartoon ones don’t you oh you want this you should soe that onto something of
value alright it’s a short one a short one oh quite a short one two actually alright this
is from Gregory Trestle hi CF you know when they say CF they do mean Creature
Features right yes all right just wanted to thank you for another year of
entertainment please up keep up the great work
well thank you Gregory and well we’re gonna try you know we were kind of
running out of things to do you know her doing the vampire thing was kind of new
but we’ve done it once before so were gunna try we’ll see thanks for writing Gregory and that it one more
one more one more a short novel a novel good lord all right I’m going to try to read
quickly this one is from Chris Buckley in Seattle Washington what a wonderful place I love
Seattle dear Creature Features what a treat to see Carnival of Souls with Candace Hilligoss thank you that film has carved out a place in my heart
decidedly unscary on the first viewing it creates an eerie mood that lasts long
after the movies over and which creeps up on you long after the lights come
back on it just gets more profound with each showing you know that was nice I
did like watching it more with her than just with these two because she actually tells stories about the film as well and
to your points about Sunday viewers I’d suggest it was a perfect film for Advent
throughout church history the four weeks before Christmas were the time for
penitential reflection on death judgment and the last things in preparation for
the coming of Christmas Victorians even celebrated it by telling Christmas ghost
stories the Dickens right hmm so you may not have met you but you delivered a perfect
modern celebration of that tradition the way we might if Hallmark had never
gotten a hold of the holiday I didn’t realize the connection between carnival
and Romero’s inspiration for Night of the Living Dead in a similar vein
would you consider showing Equinox it’s a low-budget sci-fi horror film from the
early 70s that some say was a similar inspiration to the Evil Dead oh
I love the Evil Dead you know we’ve tried to get that one and they said no
it features some great stop-motion effects from the same artists who went
on to animate the chest table in Star Wars merry Christmas to the lot of you
Chris Buckley well thanks for writing Chris and for all that information will
look into this Equinox film and especially if it’s got special effects
from the Star Wars Man right that would make sense it would make sense it would
make lots of sense for this show all right
that’s it okay that’s it for letters if you’d like to send us a letter yourself
you can use the email address appearing under my shoe or if you’d like to send
a package or a card send it to this address here we’ll be right back with
Dacre but first let’s get back to the film Grave of the Vampire stay with us it has no smell Doctors pretend like they know everything pills Needles talk and the people wither away the pills help me Olga They help you forget you’re alive Olga I would like to talk to Leslie alone for a few minutes I’ve been taking care of Leslie for 24 hours a day, but now I have to leave for a few minutes My husband died from pills Sit down The reports are back from the lab Leslie No doubt you’re pregnant a Baby Paul’s, baby Leslie listen to me. I’m asking that you have an abortion Why Leslie what’s growing inside of you isn’t alive Your body is nourishing it giving it blood and oxygen But when it leaves your womb it’ll be dead There must be some mistake There’s nothing wrong with my baby. I’m healthy and Paul was healthy You don’t know everything Olga was right Leslie I’ve been your doctor most of your life now, there’s no mistake What’s inside your womb isn’t a human being it’s a parasite It’ll drag it down and it’ll kill you now. We must take that parasite out of you My mother used to bring me here All those old people in the waiting room none of them ever got better Leslie, you know
better than to talk like that you won’t touch my baby It’ll be born healthy and you won’t even be there. Olga I know what you’re gonna try to do and I’m not gonna let you Olga Olga take me away from here. We’re not gonna see any more doctors. Come on, baby Leslie, please Come on now Leslie May I help you with your bag we don’t want help from you. The other officers are calling it an unsolved crime Why do you persist? I’ll find a missing link All the pain will soon be over Leslie Dr. Ford said this baby wasn’t alive to prove him wrong your baby kept growing inside you now it wants to be born olga I feel it coming all the pain and misery those doctors wanted to rip this baby from inside you its coming now Leslie its a boy oh Leslie its a good happy boy I wanna see him I wanna see Pauls baby. Why don’t you bring him to me? Oh look at his little hands move Why is he so grey I’ve never seen a baby with such a color before Maybe we should call dr. Ford no he’ll be all right. We’ll make him well and strong Please Leslie let me call dr. Ford no doctors Olga But that baby’s gonna die It won’t take milk it won’t die Bring him to me I’ll try once more When you wake you shall have all the pretty little horses dapples and grays pintos and bathe all the pretty little horses welcome back to the show we are still
watching Grave of the Vampire with Mr. Dacre Stoker grand nephew of Bram Stoker
you know this film I should mention was filmed in 11 days with a budget of
$50,000 can you imagine what that would cost to do today
1972 money $50,000 is what Livingston a million dollars
something like that close anyways we’re not here to talk about this film though
we had to talk about cool dracula stuff and you’ve brought some cool dracula
stuff yeah you know these are early editions couple first editions are
highly collectible and sometimes difficult to to find this is amazing there’s some
beautiful cover art you know when you kind of look at some of that stuff you
think you know what is this book telling us I’m wearing gloves so you’re okay
yeah there’s some interesting things revealed what year is this one that’s I think
1931 I think they make covers like this in 1931 yeahoh 1 dollar 95 cents was a bargain imagine that this is beautiful it looks like the original print and there’s a dedication
to my dear friends Hamebeg well that’s one of the mysteries I’ve
uncovered Hall Kane was a good friend of Bram Stoker’s and he was a very famous
writer and he actually helped Bram a lot financially and gave him advice and
writing and so Bram actually dedicated the book but Hamebeg is his name in
Manx which is Isle of Man where Tommy is from
and that’s a language it’s a language they have a separate language all of
their own wow this is incredible it almost feels like Bible paper to some of
us it is we treat it that way it is of course to you you’re probably one of the biggest
collectors of these types of items I’m trying to collect a couple things a lot
of first editions but also some of the books we may see later that Bram
actually used for his research but in the meantime I love things like cover
art this is beautiful work we’re gonna do a close-up of this one but it’s yeah
that’s the first paper paperback that came out as a pocket book so something
you could just read as you’re going to the park and
so what year was this one I think that is serve like 40s 50s something like
that it’s a pocketbook yeah The Bloodlust of Vampires this is
incredible I suppose you can’t find these on eBay you can find some of our
abe books which is you know the you find someone on on ebay but i’ve been
sniffing around in different archives at different antiquarian book dealers
around the world when I go of my travels always looking for a good deal you know
something that shows up somewhere you’re waiting for that day that you walk into
a book place and hidden in the corner is like an old old version and i’ve
actually heard people that have actually been able to do that and lucky enough
yeah some letters of Bram’s have been turned up in different archives
different libraries what about this one well this is 1927 doesn’t just look very
gothic to you I mean it’s just beautiful it’s got art deco actually gorgeous
yeah have a feel of that I mean just it just reeks of horror it does reek of horror I love it
my goodness you know my mother had an old cookbook and the pages look exactly the same just all
rough on the edges now what’s the story with this one 1927 now some of these
actually had dust jackets you know right and and the thing in the in the old days
was these dust jackets actually would be taken off at the point of sale and so if
you ever find them with the dust jacket it’s really valuable because if you
walked into a store and said I’d like that Dracula up there the salesman would
take it off the shelf rip off the dust jacket to stop it from collecting dust
or coal soot and hand you the book that makes no sense why would they rip off
the dust jacket to prevent it because I don’t know why I think it was just to
give the buyer a brand new fresh book because in the book shop it could
accumulate dust and cobwebs and other cool stuff thats interesting you’ve got a lot more to show
us oh plenty more but first we’re gonna
get back to this film grave of the vampire because it’s not too bad right
it’s not Dracula but it no it’s good I’d love to see things that are inspired by
Bram’s work that makes sense all right well let’s see some more off when you go
to Grave of the Vampire right about now My mother found it difficult to tell me that I wasn’t like other children I could never share life with whole human beings. I Slowly learned that the thing that raped my mother and father was no living feeling man But a malignant force a cancer that refused to be destroyed it wasn’t only her blood that my mother gave to keep me alive Her youth and her own life was sucked up into the syringe that fed me I came to hate Caleb Croft for creating me in His image for using my mother as a spawning ground for his evil Undetermined to destroy I’ve tracked him from country to country to the colleges and universities where he finds a fresh young bloody craves Luck or an animal sense of danger keeps him always one step ahead of me But the circle is closing soon I’ll meet my father face to face Soon I’ll have him where I want him Is this professor Lockwood’s extension course on folk mythology a new cult, yes I’m Anita Jacobi working on my doctorate I’m James Eastland. Hello hi These night courses are really much more interesting all types and ages I Hear if you’re not in time to get a seat you can’t take the course I Hope my roommate gets here on time Sara Sara It’s getting chilly I have a place we can go to Aint I good enough for you Those of you who don’t have seats while have to leave. I’m sorry, but we just don’t have the space. I I know that some of you are lawyers teachers Bored housewives with nothing better to do with their evenings but with any luck a Few may learn something My name is Lockwood Professor Adrian Lockwood It’s called goober dust by the older blacks of the deep south Sprinkle it around your enemies bed at night and he will die in his sleep Ground-up peanut husks. That’s all it is Can it really kill No Not here with automobiles and electric lights we could never believe such a thing, but Strip away the lights the automobiles The antibiotics that keep us one step ahead of death and we are left with pathetic frightened little creatures Wandering in a cruel and hostile world. So we feared the gods demons devils bats banshees angels, vampires? Yes, as a matter of fact vampires It is those answers answers born out of fear that we are here to study It’s interesting that you should all turn out here tonight and overflow numbers Is it that like primitive man? You’re still filled with fear? With a nameless dread that you cannot shake death Who are you Anita Jacobi? Death has been the chief drip The one obsessive preoccupation of man since he first crawled from the caves Of all the animals only man is aware that as surely as he was born he will someday die The individual who can inflict death has The complete respect of the other man They are in awe of him Death is also very beautiful Some loved ones we have seen in death never looked more peaceful more surreal What is your name Ann Arthur I’m an instructor in English literature I’m sorry if the subject frightens you Sure, no one who’s responsible professor, ah the voice interested in vampires Yes, I plan a paper on Charles Croydon Charles Croydon is not generally known perhaps you would care to share your knowledge with the rest of the class Thank you He was a 17th century English nobleman They said that he and his wife were vampires They were hunted by the Church of England they sought refuge in a small Puritan settlement in Massachusetts Croydon was responsible for a series of gruesome murders in New Salem And his wife was in fact burned as a vampire in 1846 But Croydon was never found Then if we are to accept the traditional legend that vampires can only be killed by the ritual of the wooden stake through the heart Charles Croydon must still be alive today Well–why must he hide Vampire with all the awesome terrible power of satan all the black arts at his command Why must he be forced to scurried like a frightened brat? But it’s a vampire what choice would he have he would have to protect himself against the angle of righteous people You would think the man’s personality would compel him to stand up To terrify all the puny mortals around him And not to hide in dark holes behind assumed names Like Caleb Croft who’s Caleb kroft, even I know the answer to that professor. Well, let us hear it Caleb Croft was a murderer and a rapist accidentally electrocuted in the late 30s his body mysteriously disappeared and A police officer believed in Croft to be a vampire was found near cross burial place dead drained of all his blood These facts are all published in a book That links Caleb Croft and Charles Croydon. What book is that? Let me see. Oh Yes, it’s called the mysteries of New England But they weren’t many copies made you seem very interested in the Croft case professor Yes, I am mr. Eastman James Eastman Mr. Eastman if you remain in the class long enough you too may develop an interest more than you bargained for in case you’re just joining us it’s
vampire night here on Creature Features where watching Grave of the Vampire and we
are watching it with Dacre Stoker which is the great grand nephew no grandnephew
yeah of Bram Stoker only one yeah of Bram Stoker incredible he’s been showing us some
absolutely amazing things before we get to those things this movie showed an
actual baby drinking what looks like blood you know I I think there’s laws
against doing things like that and Hollywood now I do not think it is legal
for people to show a baby drinking blood I could be wrong
they got away with that it’s very effective it makes the movie more creepy I think it does
when you do something with a baby alright so you have a stack of books here again and these look different than
the last ones tell me what we have well they are these are some of the books that Bram
used in his research to write his famous novel Dracula right and as we all know
vampires morph into bats and wolves and this is the book that actually opened up
Bram’s eyes to the presence of the superstition of the werewolf now the
wolf thing is new to me I always thought a vampire had to be a bat but they could
do wolves and it’s all because of Sabine Baring-Gould
who was a reverend highly thought of church man who writes a book
about the superstitions of werewolves and take a look at this picture it’s
very cool it’s this wolf you know licking the neck of again we’re gonna
show a close-up on this yeah it’s it’s it’s wonderful but the whole the whole
book is it’s very convincing that werewolves are thought of as being true
and real no that’s a wicked shot he was not a sketch artist as well somebody
else did the work for him all right no that looks beautiful like were they call it a woodcut yeah it
probably was and one of the things that’s it’s it’s sort of the when death
warms you over and it then the whole idea is the the soldiers dying on the
battlefield and they’re dying of you know blood loss and out of the forest at
the end of the day comes these wolves looking for easy pickings and you know
sometimes these soldiers wouldn’t be quite dead
and being warmed over is the warm licking of the tongue of the wolf
that’s hanus it is hanus 1865 this is an old book yeah all right what’s this next one and then we go
onto this one this is a medical doctor actually that introduced some pretty
cool ideas to Bram you’ve got to look at the table of contents to see what this
guy was actually writing about and you’ll realize how it influenced Bram
Stoker to write the novel it’s got vampirism mesmerism look at this the
divining rod vampirism unreal ghosts true ghosts trance trance sleep half
waking trance or what’s this how do you say that one here I can’t see it
from here I don’t think we can say that one on television can we no I I hope so
I don’t know if that’s a symbolism symbolism it’s it’s like no it’s
like I think I think this is where see Livingston knows everything Livingston is
there you go I think this is where he got the idea of
Lucy doing the sleepwalking in Whitby up the 199 steps to have her encounter with
with the count so he but he got this information from a medical doctor it
wasn’t just in the back of his head so he’s done a lot of research right right
and and this he was like a scientific fiction writer well he was he was he was
a man of education he had a master’s in mathematics you know so he was a very
well well written guy a very well-read guy and and this is the actual book by a
guy called James Samuelson right and this is the page right here 170 where he
actually decided to use the model Vlad Dracula the Impaler of Wallachia he’s
he’s right up here all right and up until this point he was gonna call his
vampire Whompear but because of reading this book it pointed all the fingers at
this this book that’s the one gave us the name Dracula and Vlad that’s
incredible the Impaler we’re gonna show this page to up close so you can see
what I’m reading as well this is this is amazing so at some
point in the past Bram Stoker read this yep and was influenced that’s incredible you know you’re
like a walking encyclopedia I love it all right we need to get back to this
film but when you come back you’ve got some more stuff to show us so uh the film gets
better right it does all right good off we go back to Grave of the Vampires
you guys stay with us Miss arthur Professor Lockwood. I just wanted to thank you for an excellent class this evening You have a way with your students what way is that compelling Students often drift during my lectures. They are fools Come closer miss Arthur into the light You did not come here to discuss your students miss Arthur At first you reminded me of my dead wife Sarah but then I went beyond that No artists could capture such grace Forgive me if I seem to be compelling That quality is inspired by you Please professor Lockwood. I Feel very helpless at this moment I’m sorry, perhaps another time another place. I Would just like to leave here now, you’re free to leave No tricks no goober dust my work the most important thing to me I know Good night, Miss Arthur that’s all sir closing time You have to leave now I Would like to take this book. Oh No, that’s for a reference only I couldn’t let that go out. I Drove all the way from the University hoping to find a copy It’s vital for a lecture. I have planned I’m professor Lockwood professor Lockwood Yes May I borrow it for a day or two? I have to close up now You have lovely hair mrs Fenwick miss Fenwick miss Fenwick I was a photographer’s model once You’ll have to leave now the book Miss Fenwick The library has very strict rules. I can’t make any exceptions You led me to believe that I could take it. I did not all that business about your hair in your eyes Good night You were using me You have got to go using me using me Thanks for coming Can I get your drink? No, thanks Dance then I’m not too good at this sort of thing. All you have to do is move you do move Yeah, I move Look I’d like to start we’re just sitting down okay on one condition We stand right here for one minute and that will do all the work I don’t get you There’s nothing to get James is playing heavy It’s alright I’ll go anywhere you want I? Want to show you something I’ve been comparing Charles Croydon vampire with Caleb croft I agree with TJ Boyd they are one in the same I think that you know more But professor Lockwood knows more or you know something about each other Jake I can’t help you You’re like Kraft Or Croydon That’s where you were a vampire if I hadn’t seen you walking around the Sunlight Your unobtainable I do turn you off I’m sorry oh An I’m sorry about all this We played some records and cold some people and now we got a thing go in here. It’s just that I’m so tired. That’s all Professor Lockwood wear you out. It sounds as if you’ve been hearing some gossip Um professor Lockwood were together after class. That’s all we were He was deeply affected by the death of his wife Sarah It seems I resemble her Thanks very much for inviting me. Good night. Wait Look you’re never gonna get a chance to cook your dinner here James lives just about go borrow some pots and pans I’d be happy to All right Sara Charles Croydon Sara Croydon Caleb Croft Croydon Croft Lockwood There’s the pots, can I fix you some spaghetti? No. Thank you Some Chianti then Alright Do you have a corkscrew? Yeah Will you do me the honor then pleasure Do you have a dog or a cat that meats mine Oh I guess the next logical question is how come we’re not 20 years old and playing the bongo drums downstairs Sorry, I’m embarrassing you. Oh I do feel like stuffing myself with any damn spaghetti So beautiful with you James I hope you don’t think I’m always so aggressive, I don’t I have such deep passion Such wonderful passion It’s so silent all of the time Oh Miss Jacobi, I hope you’re not disappointed Anne isn’t here I Suspect she’s spending the night with James Eastman how interesting you Don’t have to play games with me professor It’s 3 o’clock in the morning. I know why you’ve come Then I trust you mature enough to be discreet about my interest in Miss Arthur Oh professor Lockwood you’re acting almost human I fail to appreciate your humor miss Jacobi Then I’ll share it with you Mysteries of New England by TJ Boyd I’ve researched every written word on the Black Arts the occult voodoo witches vampires Boyd describes you perfectly Lockwood Croft Croydon you’re imagining things. Miss Jacobi. I want you to make me a vampire Slowly mix my blood with yours Until one night while I’m bathing in the light of the full moon the black magic will take place And I will come to you as your bride And serve you for all eternity and if I were croft or Croydon the idea of a companion for all eternity The relationship would become a bit stale don’t you think I pride myself on my imagination Entertainment would be kept in constant flow. I Could scream now and the holes would be filled with people You will be dismissed just for being here at this hour, but I won’t scream Because you are Charles Croydon Vampire They took your wife Sara from you and burned her I Want to take her place I love you Charles Please take me Charles take me I Am Caleb Croft and Charles Croydon You shall have your wish Anita when do we start Tomorrow night at my home. I Should leave now I’ll see there’s no one in the home I didn’t expect you to act in any particular way You’re precious No obligations If we get together again It’s because we both want to you know I think Dacre that a bat has like
messed up my hair I need to get like my hair fix well Vincent at least you can
see yourself in the mirror that’s true I can’t find you in the mirror I think
he’s a vampire welcome back to the show we are watching Grave of the Vampire
with Dacre Stoker and you know why because he is the great nephew grand nephew I
keep saying great he is great he’s a wonderful guest but he’s the grand
nephew of Bram Stoker himself the man who wrote Dracula and inspired all of
this well not all of this but all of this all of this yeah that’s good horror
stuff and you have some more cool stuff to show you yeah I mean there’s a many
examples of vampirism throughout the seventeen hundreds and and this is one
of them that Bram had access to this is actually a treatise found in Italy and
it’s old Italian for the chewing dead and in this particular short story that
was published it’s all about these people that died of the plague and as
their bodies decomposed in a mass grave this is kind of disgusting now oh
perfect all of their jaw tendons would decompose at the same time and all their
heads would sort of crunch down together the teeth would crunch would make a
chewing noise and the people on the outside of the mass grave would all hear
this chewing noise so that open up the graves look at the bodies and see that
the the shrouds are actually covered in blood around their mouth and they
assumed because they believed in things like vampirism that these bodies were
trying to chew their way out and some of them were successful and would suck the
blood of the living and that was one of the sort of the beginnings of people
believing in vampirism that something the Bram jump on and that’s from this but this looks
like that Latin not Italian it could be old old all that Latin in a little bit of
old Italian thrown in there and how old is this this is back 1700s early 1700s 1734 I
think yeah they had nice handwriting back then
at least somebody did cuz Bram Stoker didn’t all right what else you go well this
is actually you know that one of the real Stoker family artifacts this is the
first edition of Dracula that Bram actually signed to his mother which is a
photograph of these it’s a photograph of this yeah I couldn’t you do not own this oh I
do own it it just doesn’t travel very well you own
this I do my goodness it does make its way to some museums with heavily armed security guards to get it
from one place to another as it should yeah but do you see in the top right hand corner
it’s signed from Bram to my dearest mother this one here yeah and then
Richard Stoker and 97 was not 1997 1897 1897 it’s when the book came out and then the
signature below was Bram’s brother obviously his mom read the book and gave
it to his brother Richard Stoker and he signed it when he was in British Columbia that is
incredible absolutely incredible oh my god you know I don’t know if you’ve met Tangella yet but she’s she’s tossing
garlic at me because she’s got a thing about vampires well she’s smart she likes them I don’t
know why she’s bringing out garlic well do you know where this whole garlic
anti-vampire things comes from no tell me where it’s from well you know back in the
Egyptian days it was used as for medicinal purposes to cleanse the blood
and then during the time of all of these plagues and things when people believed
vampires were running about when it was really just plagues people would arm
themselves and say well if it is going to cleanse the blood it’ll protect the
blood well speaking of cleansing this young lady is going to have to cleanse
this floor before the next segment and here’s the best one for last right
Vincent this is the best for last this is Bram’s list of characters and this is
how he created this is his hand right this is as bad as it is you can kind of
look closely and see it but this is the genesis page for the name Dracula in
literature and popular culture and if you look at sort of halfway down you see
the count and then there you go and then Whompear crossed out that was the
original name for his Whompear yeah not nearly as scary Dracula no and luckily he has
found the Wilkinson book in the Samuelsson book
and he’s written his name for his count Dracula than the top of the
page he must been very excited he actually put Count Dracula yeah I
think he stuck his pen in the inkwell and he said this is my guy this is Count
Dracula and underlined now where does this exist this is in the Rosenbach
Museum in Philadelphia Pennsylvania with 125 pages here in the u.s. it is it’s made
its way over here and it’s on display there this is incredible yeah it’s very cool you look at
some of the other characters and some of them I actually used in my own book so
we can talk about later some of the books some of the characters he did not
use I’ve decided to borrow them oh that’s brilliant and use them in some of my
stories very brilliant we’re gonna talk about your books next but first we got
to wrap up this film right absolutely and work watch out for the garlic right
and no garlic no more garlic she’s threatening me you cannot see in this camera but
she’s holding up a hand with a clove of garlic she’s terrible all right we’re gonna be
right back after the end of the movie I think and we’re gonna talk some more
with Mr. Dacre Stoker you guys stay with us cheesecake Ann? No, thank you tea’s enough for me God if I found a needle like that I’d be in a straitjacket. But here you sit sweet ready for tonight seance I guess it must be English fortitude Cake is so delicious. I can’t believe dead people haven’t found a way to eat it after all they’re just like us only crossed over I mean Do you think professor Lockwood was really going to make contact tonight? I can’t say it’s impossible. I’m so glad you feel that way sam says I’m too emotional about these things But nobody could accuse you of being too emotional Well, I didn’t mean it like that I’m sure you can be very emotional when you want to be It’s just that you’re usually so cerebral But me I’m a mystic sam says I eat too much to be a mystic but look how fat Buddha was Is Sam inside Yes, he’s still poking around. I’ll die if professor Lockwood comes back and finds him looking under rugs for loudspeakers and and hidden wires Find anything The house seems legit But to afford it he’s got to be a syndicate bagman. At least it’s going to be genuine I know it look Carol just because I couldn’t find anything doesn’t mean it’s not here Sam. Don’t spoil things tonight. I I promise not to smoke drink or use abusive language. I came here for a spook show and I’ll cooperate But that doesn’t mean I have to believe it You know Carol’s been three inches off the ground ever since the kneading that librarian got it. Both bodies drained of blood It must have been a vampire Look what I bought Me Carol Moskowitz I put my trust in a 45 automatic. Would you promise to go along? Okay. Okay. Mine is not the reason why mine is just a do or die Good evening. I took the liberty of dismissing the servants Their very presence in the building could be distracting you make a groovy medium professor. It is not I who will be the medium Ann Because it is you is most qualified. Oh Yes, if you remember our conversation one evening after class. I remember I was testing your ability to submit to suggestion as I have tested each one of you and I have found you to be the most developed of all my students. I Don’t believe a word of the professor passion in any direction is welcome here. I Promise you Sam that if you just try to cooperate You will have a total experience this evening. You can’t ask for any more than that Sam No We will all sit at the table miss Arthur You will sit here Now remember there is nothing to know and nothing that we are obliged to do Except to join hands and to relax Relax Now if you’ll sit back in your chairs Close your eyes Dismiss everything from your minds Everything everything our bodies are relaxed and we will bring all our thoughts to one central part of our brain and to our shoulders our arms our hands One into the other Into the other until our minds merge slowly one into the other Into the other Relax relax relax relax Relax There is one who is still fighting One who needs further help come on Sam you promised I’m not doing anything I tell you now try try That’s better now Sarah my wife Sarah Ann is here with us all She is ready to receive you now take her Sarah Your mind in her body with me Through all eternity Sarah Sarah Sarah failed you Charles Your mind now that’s Anita’s voice. I probe the floors of Hell to face you Charles Anita tell us the truth about Caleb Croft and Charles Croydon was you fighting me You calling Anita? Tell us about craft Croydon and Lockwood the same man The same vampire. I love you Charles a Moment more and I shall be come Ann To serve you for all the nights of all time. You will not possess Ann’s body Too late Charles too late. I’m here now with all of you fight her Ann after out fightin fight no Ann Submit to me. He’ll murder you as he did me James was right Ann Lockwood is the vampire? all of you professor Lockwood is the vampire Ann Look at me Look into my eyes Cast Anita out Ann cast her out Yes It’s alright now Anita is gone I don’t know about the rest of you, but I think just what do you think Sam? I think? Either your vampire Or Anna’s a marvelous actress and voice impressionist That the both of you staged this whole thing for the effect and just how effective would you say it was? It’s damn effective But you’re not worried that I’m a real vampire or that I’m going to kill all of you in this room I’m not worried. Is anybody else worried? I’m not afraid I even left my crucifix upstairs You remember what you said about us getting together again, yes because we both wanna yes Well, I want to I’ve locked all the exits. I am Charles Croydon This is ridiculous, come on tisha, let’s get the hell out of here. I Don’t know what the hells going on here professor one more step and I’ll shoot who are you I’m your son Lockwood your son can see that a grave the night Caleb Croft rose from a crypt Yes Yess Yeah Yes and I’m going to destroy you! The world is finally rid you Charles Croydon Be Damned James James, what’s the matter? Get away from me Ann James run Ann run and so ends Grave of the Vampire that
the son becomes the father as many of us do right right what do you think of the
film you didn’t like it she normally likes vampire films she
isn’t like this one I got a cheer up a little bit you should how about a little
bat oh look at that and she likes it no it’s it’s like a brooch you’re
wearing one as well this is the Stoker family air force we call it it’s beautiful lets see oh I love it oh and she’s got a bat with her look at her that’s appropriate that’s one of her favorite things
alright so film not too bad not too great it was you know it was not Bram
Stoker’s Dracula few are you would know being the grand nephew of Bram Stoker
what do you think Bram would have thought with this film you know I get
asked that question a lot about you know hundreds of films but I think he would
have thought it’s pretty cool because that something that he started in 1897
is still inspiring people you know all the way through I mean right up until
present day movies are being made inspired and and adaptations of Brams
novel he was like a Victorian vision of George Lucas in a way well I would say
that’s quite a compliment yes you know all the spin- offs spin-offs maybe Steven Spielberg
over 700 movies with Dracula 700 films yeah and Tom how many have we shown like
5 at least 10 10 vampire films I think we need to do some more I would I would
agree right hey you know I think we should have you’ve probably seen every single one no but
you know there’s 700 I have a good friend professor John Browning that’s written a
whole book on Dracula in visual media oh really a thousand comic book
adaptations stage productions he sort of charted every single one and it’s a
wonderful resource if you’re really into this or as you obviously I do pick and
choose some of them every now and then I’m looking for a good horror to really
set the tone for the nice evening now he wrote a book but you wrote a book and
that’s the one I want to see I like tell me let me I’d like to tell you about this one this this
is actually a prequel to Dracula author co-author with JD
Barker right and what we’ve done is put together Bram’s life story yet
fictionalized a little bit leading up to him writing Dracula as if it’s a warning
to the world that vampires are real because we believe Bram
felt that oh and you were showing me during the break that there’s a little
secret inside of this there’s a little easter egg as you take off the dust
jacket you actually see a wonderful design that the Putnam publisher put on
the on the spine and this actual artwork by Bram sister who really was an artist
and she’s featured in our story as an artist this is your like the ultimate
Dracula fan who’s done anything like this before I wear that on my sleeve but
proudly this is incredible so you’ve written this this wonderful book and it’s a big
book and they you know he didn’t use the big letters like you know these phony
authors do I wrote a thousand page book and it’s like in 24 font the large print right no but you were mentioning that there may be some filming going on with it
well JD and I are very happy that Paramount actually bought the film rights and
extended them for another year and so Andy Muschietti who is the director of IT
and IT chapter two is is is attached to to direct this and we know they’re going
through their trials and tribulations to find just the right screenwriter to
adapt our story so it’s still in the maybe stage but it’s a good maybe stage I
think because you know the vampire movies are really on the upward swing of
the arc with V Wars out coming out the BBC series coming out in January so
there’s really more to Dracula to come and I think when people really get up
get a hold of the idea of Dracula’s back they’ll want to know how the story was
created who was this writer how did it come to be this is wonderful it’s the first
film or book of it’s kind right there hasn’t been a prequel of Dracula yet so this is it yeah incredible so how
do we learn more about you well I have two websites my wife and I run actually
Bramstokerestate.com Bramstokerestate.com and my personal what’s that one
well that’s all about the state of Bram Stoker his family we’re a
clearinghouse it’s like a family thing it’s a family thing and then Dacrestoker.com is all about
me that’s all about you Dacrestoker.com the lectures I give and adventures
the tours I lead people on to Romania to mountaintops you go to Romania absolutely
oh my goodness you have to give me your number before you go because I want to go to Romania she does too I
think I think you should shoot a show over there in Bram castle or up on top of Mount Israel where Bram actually put
his fictional Castle Dracula yeah that’d be wonderful but the crew would be
scared they don’t no they don’t like spooky places I mean they come here
every week but they don’t like going to other spooky places especially in like
other countries where they don’t speak English not not a lot of English but
it’s it is a spooky place I’ll tell you that much so wonderful well that’s absolutely amazing
well I want to thank you so much for coming this was actually educational
right she learned something and if she learned something and I learned
something you should be a teacher you should start a course called vampirism
by Dacre Stoker I bet I bet i’d be a big seller you’ve
got better things to do alright thank you so much as far as you
guys are concerned thank you for watching the programme this week we’re
gonna have another one next week I don’t know who’s gonna be on I didn’t know
what film we’re gonna watch but I’m sure it’ll be something wonderful because we
always have wonderful people on here right right
she’s such a brat have a wonderful rest of your day so uh Mr. Dacre Stoker this
film that’s wonderful you know I’m in an inspiring actor and I’m wondering if
there’s any chance you might be able to throw in a good wood for me and get me a
part Vincent I’m an author not a miracle worker