Yes, Dracula totally had a mustache.
We all have images in our minds of what the most iconic literary-based horror villains look like, but oddly enough, those images often don’t look at all the way the characters were originally written; the images in our heads, of course, come from the films that brought those characters to the screen. But what would horror icons like Jack Torrance, Norman Bates and Hannibal Lecter look like if their respective movies stayed 100% faithful to the source material? One fan has taken it upon himself to answer that very question.
Filmmaker and digital artist Brian J. Davis has for a few years now been using commercially available law enforcement composite sketch software to draw up famous literary characters based specifically on how they’re described in the books they appear in. And you might be surprised how different his drawings are from what the movies have shown us. For example, did you know that Robert Bloch’s description of Norman Bates included phrases such as “plump face,” “rimless glasses” and “thinning sandy hair“?!
Check out the fascinating art below and see more over on The Composites!
ANNIE WILKES – MISERY
CARRIE WHITE – CARRIE
CLARICE STARLING – THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
DRACULA – BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA
THE MONSTER – MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN
HANNIBAL LECTER – THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
JACK TORRANCE – THE SHINING
LESTAT DE LIONCOURT – THE VAMPIRE LESTAT
NORMAN BATES – PSYCHO
ERIK – THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
REGAN MACNEIL – THE EXORCIST