Count Dracula is easily one of the most iconic fictional characters of any genre, much less horror. A lot of his appeal stems from his status as a cursed, immortal outcast -- and the fact that he was inspired by real-life Wallachian prince Vlad the Impaler. Vlad is a folk hero in modern-day Romania, feared because of his bloodthirsty exploits and beloved for his role in protecting Europe from Eastern invaders.
Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 “Dracula” adaptation stands out because it delved so heavily into the titular vampire’s back-story. He might have been the villain of the movie, but he was also a profoundly tragic character who only sought to reclaim the love that was taken from him.