Is the 1931 "Dracula” still a terrifying film, or has it become a period piece? The "most chilling, genuinely frightening film ever made,” vows the reference series Cinebooks. Perhaps that was true in 1931, but today I think the movie is interesting mostly for technical reasons--for the stylized performances, the photography, the sets. There is a moment, though, when Lugosi draws close to the sleeping Lucy, and all of the elements of the material draw together. We consider the dreadful trade-off: immortality, but as a vampire. From our point of view, Dracula is committing an unspeakable crime. From his, offering an unspeakable gift.
Over two decades later, in 1979, rock band Bauhaus released their first single, “ Bela Lugosi’s Dead .” It is an ominous, sparse, yet insistent track in which the chorus repeats, “Bela Lugosi’s dead” followed by “undead” several times. Writer AJ Ramirez rhapsodizes the track , saying, “Listening to ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’ provides the rare opportunity to hear a style of music emerge fully-formed. Sure, there were clear influences (David Bowie) and important predecessors (Joy Division). But on that 1979 release, Bauhaus pulled all that had come before it together to present something unique: goth.” And to be fair, there is little more enduring in the counterculture of goth than the immortally lonely vampire.
Born in Prague in 1989, Murat Saygıner studied in Paris during his childhood and
graduated from Lycee Charles De Gaulle high school in Ankara. He got involved with
photography in 2007 and won several international awards. In 2008 his works were
selected for ''IPA BEST OF SHOW'' exhibition in New York. In 2010 he was awarded
Emerging Talent of the Year in the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards.
He has written, directed and produced several animated short films since 2013.