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Dracula’s bloodthirsty myths dry up

BRECKENRIDGE – Breckenridge resident Cristian Bohuslavschi shares Dracula’s birthplace. Raised in Transylvania, Romania, Bohuslavschi was bitten by an obsessive need to tell the world about the real man behind Dracula.Bohuslavschi shot the first frame of “Dracula’s Transylvania” in 1999 and finished the historical documentary two months ago. The hour-long film sucks the blood out of Hollywood’s image of Dracula as a cruel vampire, portraying the man behind the myth – Vlad the Impaler – as a national hero.”I tried to work on presenting Transylvania in a real way and remove the misconceptions that surround the whole place,” Bohuslavschi said. “One of the big issues I have is Bram Stoker, who wrote “Dracula’ in 1897, never visited Transylvania.”Stoker portrayed Transylvania as a place of darkness where bats ruled the night and vampires lived off the blood of virgins. He infused folklore about vampires and garlic shields with Vlad the Impaler’s cruel impalement of his enemies to create “Dracula.” However, as the documentary reveals, Dracula reigned in the 1400s, not the 1800s as Stoker imagined, and though he was born in Transylvania, he did not rule there.Bohuslavschi filmed the medieval fortress in which Dracula was born and the iron gates to the torture chamber near his home, but he also showed the beautiful, rugged peaks of the Transylvanian Alps.”There’s more to Transylvania than just a scary place,” Bohuslavschi said. “There are not too many bats and vampires. I compare those images with Transylvania’s reality and beauty. This is a good look into Transylvania the way it is and the was it was 50 to 70 years ago, because nothing has been done to these castles.”Transylvanians have yet to capitalize on Dracula’s blood-sucking reputation, remembering him instead as a military hero. In the 1970s, the socialist government briefly promoted tourism, but stories of the undead and the concept of Halloween are not popular in the region, Bohuslavschi said.In order to dispel the myths of Dracula, Bohuslavschi had to convince the mayor of Transylvania to allow him to research records from the 1400s and maps from 1200 to 1300. His documentary explores military campaigns and the defenses the mountains and fortresses of Transylvania provided.Bohuslavschi, an independent film producer and owner of CV&A Films, produced his historical account of Transylvania with television distribution in mind. He hopes the Discovery, Travel or History channel will pick it up, and so far, he has had two television distribution offers. Throughout the last 15 years of his filmmaking career, he has produced numerous action-adventure films, including “Snow Power,” “Winter Paradox” and “Snow Safari” as well as television shows and commercials.He will answer questions about the documentary after each showing, at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Speakeasy Movie Theatre. Tickets are $3 for souls dressed in a Halloween costumes and $5 for those walking around as average human beings. Those attending Haunted Histories and Monstrous Mysteries (see related story) pay only $3. All proceeds benefit the Summit Historical Society.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.—“Dracula’s Transylvania’? When: 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31? Where: Speakeasy Movie Theatre, Breckenridge

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