Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
LITTLE ROCK — Here continues the countdown of the most influential, horrifying, wonderfully disgusting and entertaining horror films over the last 123 years in chronological order. These are the must-sees. Look for more horror motion pictures throughout October in this month's Halloween cinema tribute: Macabre Movie Magic.
Directed by Tod Browning, the film introduces moviegoers to Bram Stoker's Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and, for the most part, Stoker's original story and concept for the evil vampire.
Co-starring: Edward Van Sloan, Dwight Frye and Helen Chandler.
Runtime: 85 minutes
Approved for audiences
Did you know?
Actor Bela Lugosi played Dracula on stage prior to taking on the iconic role for Universal Pictures. However, Lugosi was not the studio’s first choice. Universal wanted Lon Chaney to play the part, but the actor passed away of lung cancer in 1930.
An alternate version of "Drácula," was filmed during the nighttime hours, on the same set at the same time, with Spanish-speaking actors. It is considered a vastly superior picture, in terms of technical achievement.
Dracula's lair, or the outside of the castle, was a painting on glass, which was placed in front of the camera. But the coach carrying Renfeld was real, while the background was fake.
Actor David Manners (John Harker) claimed to have never watched "Dracula," which is extraordinary since he didn't die until December 23, 1998.
Undoubtedly, Dracula was Bela Lugosi's most famous role, and the character made appearances in numerous Universal Pictures productions. However, Lugosi only played Dracula twice: "Dracula" and "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" (1948).
Actress Bette Davis was considered to play the part of Mina Harker, but the head of Universal Pictures Carl Laemmle Jr. didn't believe she was sexy enough.
At his funeral, Lugosi was dressed in one of his Dracula capes for his burial.