Saturday, October 20, 2007

So Bored wishes a happy birthday...

...to the late, great Bela Lugosi. A delightful actor who made (mostly) lovable movies, Lugosi also inspired many neat things: Count Floyd from SCTV (+ for 80s Detroit kids, the rip-off Count Scary) , Bauhaus' song "Bela Lugosi's Dead" , The Count from Sesame Street, Martin Landau's ass-kicking performance in Tim Burton's Ed Wood ("no one geeves two sheets for Bela!"), and, as one reader pointed out, Count Chocula. I would add Blacula, but William Marshall is doing more of a Christopher Lee British thing in that role.

I asked my class of c. 20-yr-olds the other day if they'd seen the original Dracula. None of them had! Then again, last semester, none of my kids knew who Billy Dee Williams was...

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

And don't forget 'Count Chocula' of breakfast cereal fame ... !

Saladin said...

@ anonymous:

True! And Peter Lorre was the inspiration for Boo Berry! I think Frankenberry's voice was also a nod to some old horror movie actor...

Those marhmallows were nasty, though.

Justin said...

Check out "White Zombie" if you can -- Lugosi as a voodoo witch doctor, using zombies to work his sugar mill.

Anonymous said...

the marshmallows were darn tasty, once reconstituted with milk. but if by nasty you mean non biodegradable then yes, i agree.

Saladin said...

@ justin - never seen it...heard of it b/c of the band

BTW, I realized that Frankenberry's voice must be a nod to Boris Karloff....

Sara Salmongirl said...

Montgomery Burns from The Simpsons bares a striking resemblance!

Love that you honored ol' Bela.

Invisible Woman said...

not even billy dee? damn.