Friday, October 16, 2009

The Top Ten Most Underrated Movie Villains - 10. Dracula from Monster Squad

- Sketch by Dezi Sienty

10. Count Dracula (Monster Squad) "Give me the amulet you Bitch!"

Cody Dee Williams: I know we’re all thinking it, but I guess I’m the only one willing to man-up and put it in print: Duncan Regehr’s interpretation of Dracula in the 1987 Fred Dekker cult-classic The Monster Squad kicks, KICKS, Bela Lugosi’s Dracula in the nards! In the behind the scenes featurette on the new Monster Squad DVD, Fred Dekker admits that his first choice to play Dracula was none other than Liam Neeson. Who knows how that casting decision would have altered the lives of Neeson and Regehr? Maybe Regehr would’ve been nominated for an Academy Award for playing Oskar Schindler and Neeson would have nailed the role of John Dirks in the 2000, direct-to-video, film Krocodylus (yes, a movie so bad it had to rip off the plot of Lake Placid). But one thing is for certain, no way in hell Neeson brings one-fifth the amount of wicked dandyism and ambigious sexuality that Regehr brought to the role of Dracula. Now, give him his props, you Bitch!

Jen Huber: Why can't all the vampires coming out right now be like Duncan Regehr's Dracula? The pale skin and the creepy red eyes before turning into a bat are great but what really makes this version of Dracula work is the guy's facial expressions. The wide-eyed look is fantastic and the mix of emotions that play on his face is clear for all to see. Each time I see the movie I take one of his expressions a different way so it's kind of like a choose your own adventure. I probably would think twice before standing in the way of him and an amulet

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