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The 18 Most Powerful Movie And TV Versions Of Dracula

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Vote up the Draculas who truly rule the night.

There have been a lot of versions of Dracula over the years. From TV to movies to comics to radio to stage, the vampire gets around. What we're interested in are the most powerful versions of Dracula to hit screens. He's basically a supervillain going up against normal human beings, so there are plenty of versions that certainly have a pretty high power level. That's kind of a basic point of fact for the character.

Though iconic versions of the character like the ones portrayed by Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee were unquestionably strong, more recent adaptations have turned up the power level a bit. Projects like Netflix's Castlevania and the 2014 film Dracula Untold make the character into a certified beast of a baddie. So get those voting fingers ready and be wary of spoilers because we're running through the most powerful movie and television versions of Dracula.

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    Castlevania
    Photo: Netflix

    Honestly, with the popularity of the Castlevania video game series since the 1980s, we're sort of surprised that it took until 2017 to get a film or television adaptation of it off the ground. And Netflix's Castlevania anime didn't disappoint. This Dracula swears revenge upon humanity after his wife is slain, and though he is as powerful as any other Dracula in film and television history, there is a human element to the character that makes him stand out a bit.

    When he allows his son, Alucard, to stake him through the heart, it is a genuinely moving moment. It doesn't mean he didn't deserve what was coming to him, though.

  • Dracula Untold is a 2014 big-budget reimagining of the Dracula story that reinvents the character as a heroic protagonist who only took on his vampiric powers to defend those he loved from the Ottoman Empire. And this Dracula certainly is powerful to boot.

    He's an expert fighter, has superhuman speed, can turn into a massive swarm of bats, and he also is as good-looking as Luke Evans, which is a benefit. He and his vampire army end up taking out Sultan Mehmed II's massive army at the end of the film. Is it a great movie? Not really. Is he a powerful Dracula? Absolutely.

  • Gary Oldman is an extremely talented actor, and we love watching him vamp it up (literally) in 1992's Bram Stoker's Dracula. Say what you want about Keanu Reeves's performance - and plenty has been said - but this film is most often remembered for Oldman's take on the classic character. This Dracula is an expert swordsman who is just as at home on the battlefield as he is at the dinner table.

    He may be older than you can imagine, but he is very fast, very strong, and can turn into a wolf-like creature. Oh yeah, and he can bite with the best of them, as well. Don't let his demise at the end of the film fool you - he was no slouch in a fight.

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    The first real test of Hugh Jackman's star power after breaking out as Wolverine was 2004's Van Helsing. We hear the Swordfish and Kate & Leopold fans out there, but Van Helsing had an astonishing budget of $170 million (in 2004, no less!), and Jackman was doing the heavy lifting in the advertising. Like other Universal monster films, this movie sort of mashes together all the iconic monsters from the golden age of cinema and throws them into one film under the leadership of Dracula.

    Richard Roxburgh's Dracula has the benefit of having each of the character's traditional powers in an action movie version of the role. The ending of the film even sees him turn into a poorly CGI'd demonic form that looked okay for the turn of the century, but clearly has not aged well.