Welcome to Framed, a weekly column at Cinematical that runs on Thursdays and celebrates the artistry of cinema -- one frame at a time.
Every time I think I've fallen out of love with the vampire genre, there's always something there to reel me back in. Whether it's a gem of a new film like 'Let the Right One In' or revisiting a timeless classic, I just can't seem to get enough. For the rest of the month I'll be spotlighting several Frame-worthy vamp flicks for your perusal.
Christopher Lee's work with Hammer Films as Count Dracula is as synonymous with the classic horror villain as Universal Pictures' counterpart, Béla Lugosi. It's hard to imagine that the actor struggled early on in his career -- being turned down for roles because he was too tall or too exotic looking, but these attributes would eventually find him a home with Hammer Studios. Though Lee hasn't always been at ease being typecast as the famed fanged fiend, his talent and presence helped resurrect Bram Stoker's classic vampire tale.
After the jump, check out a few frames illustrating Lee's first appearance in the legendary role of Dracula in Hammer's 'Horror of Dracula.'