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There is nothing more predictable than the re-emergence of the character of Dracula. You just can’t seem to keep the famous Count down, in his guise as a creature of the night, or as modern celebrity. Since the inception of the novel Dracula, the character has been re-incarnated hundreds of times in film alone, not to mention all the plays, comics, spin off books, and – more recently – anime and video games, that have featured perhaps the most famous monster of all time.

Nor is it a huge surprise that Budapest is (once again) chosen as a portion of the backdrop behind the telling the latest Dracula story; the 10-part mini-series, Dracula, is currently filming in both London and Budapest. This particular permutation of the Dracula legend finds the undead hero cast as an American, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The plot re-envisions Dracula as a young entrepreneur arriving in London to sell a recent invention, though he is really there to take revenge on the people who turned him into a vampire centuries ago. His mission is complicated by the emergence of a love-interest who may be the re-incarnation of his long-dead wife.

Of course, vampires and this part of the world are nothing new. As we pointed out in an earlier post, the very first Dracula film was shot in Budapest by Hungarian film-makers in1921. The Death of Dracula starred a mostly Hungarian cast, and was directed Károly Lajhay and was co-written by Michael Curtiz, who went on to emigrate to American and direct Casablanca. Furthermore, the real-life inspiration for Dracula, Vlad the Impaler, the blood-thirsty Wallachian ruler, spent many years under house arrest in Budapest, when he was considered to be a liability to the Hungarian monarchy. There is something about Budapest and Dracula that just go together, as his constant return seems to prove.

Stern Film Stúdió in Pomaz, directly north of Budapest, is serving as a sound stage for the local filming. The series is being distributed in part by the US broadcaster NBC and the UK-based Sky Living.

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