I will be back soon, but I did not want today to pass by without marking the occasion.
You know the occasion, right? Of course you do. You've had it marked on your calendar since you were a kid.
The 54th anniversary of the death of Bela Lugosi.
Bela Ferenc Dezso Blasko
October 20, 1882 -- August 16, 1956
There are a handful of legendary actors whose names are forever engraved in our collective cultural conscience as the unquestionable iconic heroes of horror cinema. Karloff, Chaney Sr., Chaney Jr., Price, Lorre... Lugosi.
They're not the only names in classic horror, but these are the Big Guys.
I can't put them in any order that feels right to me -- each of those names could rightfully sit atop that short list -- but of those names, it is inarguable that Lugosi's is the one that most embodies suavity, smoothness, mystery, elegant Old World charm... and a diabolical sensuality that makes women swoon.
Did I say Old World? I meant Otherworldly.
A toast... to Bela. King of the Vampires, icon of horror, actor, gentleman.
Oh, by the way... this is the Skull & Pumpkin's 250th post.
I think it's fitting.
Another by the way, please read Fester's insights on Lugosi in the comments below. Informative and wonderful stuff that puts some perspective on his early life and the odds stacked against him. It's remarkable that to this day almost everyone, even younger folks who have never even seen one of his films, can tell you who he is, or at least say "Oh, that's Dracula!".