When Deanne and Balderson’s stage adaptation of Dracula opened in 1927, the audience found the play truly frightening. Â Apparently, when Bela Lugosi performed the role, there were screams and fainting. Â Of course, now the play seems very dated and overly talky. Â Film has taken over where theatre once ruled: the horror film provides scares and theatre isn’t known for its terror.
I wonder – is it possible for theatre to provide scares any more? Â With the exception of Ghost StoriesÂ (which seems to be just that…the telling of some ghost stories), can the theatre provide a scary story? Â A monster story? Â Can the audience be made to jump and scream?
It should be possible. Â But what do you think?