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The Truth About Dracula

From: Hillary Frank
Length: 05:44

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Suzanne Muldowney explains why her interpretation of Dracula is the most authentic. Read the full description.

Dracula3_small You know the story of Dracula, a man who lived on human blood and seduced innocent girls, turning them into the undead. But before Bram Stoker's novel came out in 1897, Dracula had a different lore. Stoker got the name from a 15th-century count in Transylvania. He was known for impaling his enemies on spikes but he wasn't a vampire. Hillary Frank talks with a woman with Asperger's Syndrome who, for the last three decades, has spent every Halloween trying to set the record straight.

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Piece Description

You know the story of Dracula, a man who lived on human blood and seduced innocent girls, turning them into the undead. But before Bram Stoker's novel came out in 1897, Dracula had a different lore. Stoker got the name from a 15th-century count in Transylvania. He was known for impaling his enemies on spikes but he wasn't a vampire. Hillary Frank talks with a woman with Asperger's Syndrome who, for the last three decades, has spent every Halloween trying to set the record straight.

Broadcast History

First aired on Weekend America 10.28.06.

Transcript

LEDE: YOU KNOW THE STORY OF DRACULA.

TAPE FOR INTRO?[:11] the original terrifying story of a maniac- and a man who lived on human blood- and lured innocent girls to a fate truly worse than death

WELL, THAT?S NOT WHAT PEOPLE THOUGHT OF WHEN THEY HEARD THE NAME DRACULA UNTIL BRAM STOKER?S NOVEL CAME OUT IN 1897. STOKER GOT THE NAME FROM A FIFTEENTH CENTURY COUNT IN TRANSYLVANIA KNOWN FOR IMPALING HIS ENEMIES ON SPIKES ? BUT HE WAS NO VAMPIRE. WEEKEND AMERICA?S HILLARY FRANK MET UP WITH SOMEONE WHO FOR THE LAST THREE DECADES HAS SPENT EVERY HALLOWEEN TRYING TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT.
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There are lots of different theatrical interpretations of Dracula.

tape?[:08] [oldman] i am dracula

[lugosi] i am dracula

[spanish] soy dracula

Here?s an even more obscure one:

tape?[:02] [suzanne] i am dracula

Suzanne Muldowney performs improvisational dances of Dra...
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Timing and Cues

THE LEDE INCLUDES :11 TAPE FROM THE ORIGINAL DRACULA MOVIE TRAILER. I'VE UPLOADED THAT HERE, ALONG WITH THE PIECE. I'VE INCLUDED A FEW EXTRA SECS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE CLIP FOR MIXING PURPOSES. PLEASE SEE THE TRANSCRIPT FOR BEGINNING AND END CUES.
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Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Dracula Philip Glass Dracula Soundtrack. Nonesuch 1999 01:55

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