Forget Dracula: 6 Other Films Based on Bram Stoker Novels

Today, Google celebrates Bram Stoker’s birthday with a doodle on their homepage.

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Stoker, an Irish author, is the guy responsible for Dracula and consequently all the vampire movies and books produced since the 19th century.

Bram Stoker is like a one hit wonder mostly known for his influential gothic novel and the works inspired by them which include many portrayals of Dracula from the 1930’s Bela Lugosi film, Nosferatu, the 1993 Gary Oldman flick, parodies like Dracula Dead and Loving It to blockbuster vampire movies such as Twilight and Blade.

But Stoker also wrote other novels too. And Hollywood, always looking for material to turn into movies, have adapted some of Stokers other works.

Here are 6 movies that are based on other works by Bram Stoker.

1. The Lair of the White Worm (1988)

Based on Stoker’s novel of the same name, the Lair of the White Worm is a 1988 horror movie directed by Ken Russell.

The movie is about an archaeologist who accidentally digs up an unusual skull which he believes to be of a mythical snake. He eventually has to stop a crazy priestess from offering a human sacrifice to a snake god that lives in a cave under her house.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOPcxdRchXs

Year: 1988
Starring: Amanda Donohoe, Hugh Grant
Director: Ken Russell
Based On: The Lair of the White Worm

2. Blood From the Mummy’s Tomb (1971)

Blood from the Mummy's Tomb posterThis 1971 horror produced by Hammer Studios is based on Stoker’s The Jewel of Seven Stars.

In the movie, archaeologists discover the tomb of an evil Egyptian queen. The spirit of the queen possesses the daughter of the expedition leader and frightening things start to happen.

Year: 1971
Starring: Andrew Keir, Valerie Leon
Director: Seth Holt
Based On: The Jewel of Seven Stars

3. The Awakening (1980)

The Awakening was also based on The Jewel of the Seven Stars and was the debut feature film for director Mike Newell.

The plot is similar to that of Blood of the Mummy’s Tomb since they’re both based on the same book. The movie stars Charlton Heston.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sspNbvU1ACw

Year: 1980
Starring: Charlton Heston, Susannah York
Director: Mike Newell
Based On: The Jewel of Seven Stars

4. The Tomb (1986)

The Tomb is loosely based on Stoker’s Jewel of Seven Stars. It was directed by B-movie filmmaker Fred Olen Ray and unlike all the other movies so far, is set in the United States.

In this film, a tomb robber steals artifacts from Egyptian tombs and sells them to American archaeologists. He is unaware that the had desecrated the tomb of an immortal woman. She goes to America to get her revenge.

https://youtu.be/p0JeRQhDUtM

Year: 1986
Starring: Cameron Mitchell, John Carradine
Director: Fred Olen Ray
Based On: The Jewel of Seven Stars

5. Legend of the Mummy (1998)

Another movie based on The Jewel of Seven Stars, this 1998 movie was released straight to video and capitalized on the popularity of the 1998 blockbuster movie The Mummy.

The seven fingered mummy of an ancient Egyptian queen may be causing some murders which an Egyptologist must solve.

Year: 1998
Starring: Louis Gossett, Jr., Amy Locane
Director: Jeffrey Obrow
Based On: The Jewel of Seven Stars

6. Shadow Builder (1998)

Bram Stoker wrote a collection of short stories that was published in 1881 as Under the Sunset. In the collection was a story called The Shadow Builder.

The movie Shadow Builder was based on this short story and was released in 1998.

In the movie an evil archbishop and his followers summon a demon to destroy the world. The demon first destroys his summoners and then proceeds to turn a small town against each other while looking for a particular child.

Year: 1998
Starring: Michael Rooker, Leslie Hope
Director: Jamie Dixon
Based On: “The Shadow Builder” from Under the Sunset

About a dozen of Bram Stoker’s novels were published plus his short story collections. Although they’ll never be as iconic as Dracula, they’re all waiting for a respectable film adaptation from Hollywood.

Are there any other films based on Bram Stoker’s other books that I missed? Which book would you like to see turned into a movie?

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