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On Thursday, November 15th, The Bijou Theatre in historic downtown Bridgeport will journey back in time for a double-feature screening of Dracula’s two earliest—and still most famous—movie appearances. This spine-tingling series of old-school movies is showing as Brian Solomon hosts a journey into mystery and terror, BEDLAM AT THE BIJOU: The Count Begins.

Dracula has ingrained himself at the very core of our consciousness—a Jungian archetype that transcends its literary origins. Though the names are changed to avoid copyright infringement, the 1922 German Expressionist gem “Nosferatu” is indeed the first film adaptation of Bram Stoker’s timeless novel. And after 90 years, it’s still one of the most terrifying movies ever made. But when we think of the Count, it’s inevitably Bela Lugosi’s portrayal in the 1931 Universal production of “Dracula” that instantly comes to mind. Despite decades of kitsch and parody, this remains an iconic milestone in the history of horror.

“I believe this is the first time that ‘Nosferatu’ and the 1931 Dracula have ever been shown together in one double feature,” said Solomon. “It’s going to be a bloody good evening, and I look forward to sharing the scares with horror fans, as well as anyone fascinated by film history or the phenomenon of the vampire in popular culture.”

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Ryan Odinak