[The Week in Geek is a weekly Tuesday column that plunges headfirst into a deep pool of genre geekiness without ever coming up for air.]
Dracula has risen from the grave! No, seriously! Yesterday celebrated the 80th anniversary of the release of Tod Browning's classic monster movie, but there's an all-new race going on right now between three filmmakers to bring Bram Stoker's bloodsucker back to the multiplex masses. Part of this is just cyclical -- Dracula, like Robin Hood and Peter Pan, is one of those literary characters who gets dusted off every couple of years for the silver screen, to varying degrees of success ('Dracula 2000,' anyone?).
Another obvious part of this would-be revival is a cash-in on the vampire fad. While it's not as red hot as it was a year ago, the trend is still going strong. Studios are still looking for vampire projects, and, let's face it, there's really no better vampire than the original. While no one has supplanted Bela Lugosi's iconic visage, there are at least three upcoming projects that will try to put their own face on the vampiric count.