Dracula Prefers Blondes: Vampires and Their Fair-Haired Victims Throughout the History of Cinema

Silvia Dionisio (1974's Andy Warhol's Dracula)
Silvia Dionisio (1974's Andy Warhol's Dracula)

Everyone knows, or at least the popular saying goes, that gentlemen prefer blondes. I think we can all agree that even many not-so-gentlemanly types also have a passion for golden-haired girls. But what about your friendly (or even not-so-friendly) neighborhood vampire? Specifically, what about the coolest of all vampires, Count Dracula? Is he just a bloodsucker for a pretty face, or does batty ol' Drac have a thing for blondes?

Maybe it's the flavor of a virgin's lifeblood that turns the old guy on, but if we hot-blooded, non-vampiric males find the fairest-haired of the fairer sex completely irresistible, why would a feisty fangface feel differently? Throughout the years, Dracula has appeared in many films and seduced and/or drained hundreds of women. Many of those women have been lovely brunettes and probably even an occasional redhead, but the most beautiful of all have been the many blondes.

Let's take a look at some of the blond beauties who have found themselves embraced in Dracula's cinematic spell over the years and see if maybe we see some sort of pattern...

Veronica Carlson (1968's Dracula Has Risen from the Grave)
Veronica Carlson (1968's Dracula Has Risen from the Grave)
Sophia Myles (2006's Bram Stoker's Dracula)
Sophia Myles (2006's Bram Stoker's Dracula)
Jenny Hanley (1970's Scars of Dracula)
Jenny Hanley (1970's Scars of Dracula)
Linda Hayden (1970's Taste the Blood of Dracula)
Linda Hayden (1970's Taste the Blood of Dracula)
Susan George (1968's Dracula)
Susan George (1968's Dracula)

From Helen Chandler's portrayal of Mina opposite Bela Lugosi's Dracula in the 1931 film Dracula to Sophia Myles' performance as Lucy in Masterpiece Theatre's 2006 rendition of Bram Stoker's Dracula, there has never been a shortage of deliciously delectable blondes in Dracula films. There is just something freakishly erotic about blond hair falling gently across a pulsing jugular that Dracula seems unable to turn away from. Okay, okay... maybe it is just the pulsing jugular he cannot resist, but still, blondes are just naturally hot and therefore, it follows, naturally hot-blooded. And surely that is what your average all-American blood fiend hungers for.

Stephanie Beacham (1972's Dracula A.D. 1972)
Stephanie Beacham (1972's Dracula A.D. 1972)
Helen Chandler (1931's Dracula)
Helen Chandler (1931's Dracula)
Maria Rohm (1970's Count Dracula)
Maria Rohm (1970's Count Dracula)

As this collection of blondes clearly shows, whether Dracula has a penchant for the fairer-haired or simply enjoys a tasty treat regardless of the packaging, he has nevertheless placed many a lovely blonde under his seductive spell. Time and time again, a flaxen-haired damsel has found herself in distress at the hands, or perhaps more specifically the fangs, of the dastardly Dracula.

With vampires more popular than ever, it is a safe bet that the Count who started it all will return again and again to the big screen. Without a doubt, he will certainly bring with him another batch of beautiful blondes to feed his (and our) ravenous hunger.

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Man from Modesto 4 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

Maybe vampires just like blue eyes.


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Der Meister 4 years ago from Virgo Supercluster

Dracula prefers blondes, but turns brunettes!


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Interesting Read... and intriguing observtion


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Dominique L 4 years ago from Oregon

Don't don't forget the time Dracula WAS a blonde, Countess Dracula, 1971, staring Ingrid Pitt.

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