St Mary's Church and cemetery in Whitby was given a star role in the Gothic horror novel as the point where the villainous count made landfall in Britain after his journey from Transylvania, and the area has become a major tourist trap for Dracula fans.
However, the building and its grounds is in danger due to subsidence, which has been accelerated by recent heavy rainfall in the U.K.
Part of the cemetery is now starting to fall away and bones from ancient cliff-top graves have been tumbling onto the buildings and street below.
Reverend Canon David Smith of St Mary's Church tells Britain's The Guardian newspaper, "The church has been trying to muck in (help out) to try and get things done and we have had a civil engineer and people working to sort it out...
"The cemetery has been closed since 1865, so if any graves are exposed it's only bones. If they are exposed we collect and re-inter them..."
Dracula has inspired countless film and TV adaptations over the years, with actors including Bela Lugosi, Sir Christopher Lee and Gary Oldman among the most famous to play the lead role.
We all go a little mad sometimes. At least, so says Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.
Though one of cinema’s preeminent madmen hit upon a fundamental truth, the fact is that there are those who occupy Crazytown with far more frequency than just “sometimes.” Martin McDonagh’s upcoming film Seven Psychopaths gathers a cadre of perpetually unhinged characters and makes the bold, if somewhat ill advised decision to house them all in one story. What makes this insane undertaking work so well? It may have something to do with the fact that the assembled cast, collectively, has extensive experience in the area of filmic lunacy. Here’s a breakdown of our favorite psycho roles from these psychos’ past.
Colin Farrell - Daredevil
Though far from the best example of cinematic adaptations of comic book heroes, 2003’s Daredevil does provide adequate showcase for Colin Farrell’s ability to play unstable antagonists. In the film, Farrell plays Daredevil’s (Ben Affleck’s) nemesis Bullseye, whose super power is his staggering marksmanship that allows him to transform any object into a weapon; so yeah, basically a more resourceful version of Hawkeye. The amount of maniacal glee with which Farrell inhabits Bullseye is one of the film’s few enjoyable elements. If nothing else, he finds inventive new use for airline peanuts.
Sam Rockwell - Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
In Seven Psychopaths, Sam Rockwell is his trademark impressive as a man who makes his living kidnapping dogs just to return them to claim the inevitable reward. The character is far more complicated than that paltry description, which calls to mind the layered lunatic Rockwell played in George Clooney’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Supposedly based on a true story, Rockwell plays a game show host who moonlights as a government assassin. Whether truth or the manifestations of a kook, no one makes sociopaths as compelling as Rockwell.
Woody Harrelson - Natural Born Killers
Remember when Woody Harrelson was best known as the lovable dope bartender on Cheers? Oh how far we have come. Since the close of that iconic TV bar, Harrelson has established himself as one of the most talented leading men in the biz, and one capable of a fantastic range of characters. He’s played cowboys, zombie hunters, and real-life smut peddlers. But no role allowed him as much crazed freedom as his turn in Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers. Harrelson plays one half of a disturbed, mass murdering young couple that becomes celebrities in the media for their homicidal rampage. Makes us want to take a shower just thinking about it.
Kevin Corrigan - Some Guy Who Kills People
Kevin Corrigan is a character actor in the truest sense of the term; one of those performers whose face you always recognize even if his name doesn’t leap immediately to your mind. So you’re always saying to yourself, “oh hey, that guy.” Well last year, that guy took on the role of Some Guy Who Kills People. Corrigan plays Ken Boyd, former asylum inmate. The townspeople come to believe that Boyd balances his screen time between scooping out ice cream and doling out delicious vengeance on those he deems at fault for his derailed life. You might say his road to recovery was a bit rockier than most, except don’t say that at all.
Tom Waits - Bram Stoker’s Dracula
It’s not often that the transition from musician to actor yields a wealth of memorable roles, but such is certainly the case with singer-turned-thesp Tom Waits. The gravely voiced crooner has proven time and time again his natural screen presence and timing. In 1992, Waits got the chance to take on one of literature’s most notable loons, Renfield, in Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. What’s so fantastic about Waits’ portrayal of Renfield, apart from his Eraserhead haircut, is how incredibly genuine he is in his madness. You truly believe the savory pleasure he derives from the consuming of each and every insect.
Michael Pitt - Murder by Numbers
Michael Pitt found recent resurgence on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, so he proved to be a welcome sight in McDonagh’s film. However, he’s no stranger to playing complete whackjobs. In fact, one of his earliest starring roles was as the troubled teen Justin Pendleton in Murder by Numbers. Pitt plays one of two incredibly smart high school students who, along with Ryan Gosling, commit the perfect murder just to see if they can. What makes him so unsettling here is that he essential destroys another human life to fend off boredom; apparently never having heard of videogames.
Christopher Walken - The Rundown
Of all the psychopaths in Martin McDonah’s new movie, the one who posed the biggest challenge in terms of this list was the legendary Christopher Walken. He’s played so many mentally unbalanced characters throughout his celebrated career that choosing just one was a maddening task. But his turn as the villainous Hatcher in Peter Berg’s The Rundown is more or less a hilarious and entertaining tribute to the nuttiest bad guys he’s ever inhabited. It is the epitome of Walken’s signature blend of humor and menace, and the tooth fairy rant is one of The Rundown’s greatest moments.
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Comic actor Gene Wilder, who lost wife Gilda Radner to cancer in 1989, is now battling the disease himself.
Wilder, 64, is being treated at Manhattan Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. "He was diagnosed last year with lymphoma. He was successfully treated and is in remission. He is now being treated...to prevent recurrence,'' the clinic said, adding that it would be providing no further information at this time.
The star of 1970s comedies "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein" opened Gilda's Club, a support center for cancer patients and their families, in 1993 in memory of third wife Radner, one of the original cast members of "Saturday Night Live." Wilder has since remarried.
'TODAY' ... OR NOT: Madonna's interview with NBC's "Today" host Matt Lauer was canceled Wednesday -- by Lauer, who waited two hours in a hotel suite while Madonna did other interviews, according to the New York Post.
The interview with the singer-actress, who was promoting her upcoming film "The Next Best Thing," was scheduled for 4 p.m., then pushed back to 5:30. Lauer showed up on time with an expensive production crew. But by 7:10 p.m., Lauer left, saying "I didn't think it was unreasonable to leave," he says. "I had other things to do."
Madonna's rep, Liz Rosenberg, explains: "Madonna did 65 interviews that day ... Unfortunately the 'Today' show was going to be the finale, because wanted to give them as much time as possible." She says the chat will be rescheduled when Madonna comes to town for the film's premiere Feb. 29. A "Today" rep says Madonna sent Lauer an "enormous and beautiful" bouquet of flowers as a conciliatory gesture."
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... When Gary Coleman was bankrupt, he made a plea via the Internet for some cash. Now UGO Networks (www.ugo.com), which organized a Web-a-thon for the 31-year-old actor, has given him a job as a columnist. The weekly gig, entitled Coleman Confidential, will feature reviews and interviews ...
... Pamelyn Ferdin, who provided the voice of Lucy in the animated "Peanuts" specials of the 1970s, was sentenced Tuesday in Los Angeles to 30 days in jail. It was not for snatching the football away before Charlie Brown could kick it, but for carrying a "bull hook" during an elephant-rights protest at a circus. Ferdin, 39, was carrying the object -- a wooden rod with a hook at the end, used by elephant trainers -- as an educational tool, but a local ordinance bars protesters from carrying large wooden sticks ...
... It looks like a Baby Scotty for "Star Trek" actor James Doohan, 79, and wife Wende, 43, who are expecting a daughter in April, according to London's Daily Star.
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... Actress Sadie Frost ("Bram Stoker's Dracula") was reportedly visiting husband Jude Law ("The Talented Mr. Ripley") in Berlin when she was stuck in the elevator of the apartment building they were staying in. Frost sounded an alarm, and when police and fire department showed up, they demanded to see her passport and ID papers. Not believing her explanation that they were in the apartment, she was taken to jail, where she was refused food and water, she told the British Star. "When they eventually let me make a call, only one, they deliberately cut me off just as I got connected to Jude. I was then left in the cells until 8:30 a.m. when I was released without charge, or a word of apology," she reportedly said. Cops in Berlin released a statement to Fashion Wire Daily saying she "was under the influence of alcohol." ...
... According to the Edmonton Sun, MTV's Tom Green, who hosts his own gross-out comedy show, is reportedly dating none other than Monica Lewinsky. Pause. We're just gonna stop there, because we're afraid to make any further remark on this matter.