Archeologists have just revealed the fascinating discovery of Vlad the Impaler's real-life dungeon in Turkey. Underneath the ancient Tokat castle, where the Ottomans wisely locked up the dangerous Count Dracula in the 1400s, scientists found a secret tunnel leading to two hidden dungeons. One of them likely belonged to Vlad.
It's so eerie that this discovery was made just as the first-ever vampire origin story, Dracula Untold, is set to release next week. The timing of this discovery has us wondering if the ghost of Vlad is trying to send us a message.
Vlad was famous for taking sadistic pleasure in torturing his enemies before impaling them on sharp iron posts. He is said to have relished his victim's blood, even dipping his bread in it and eating it.
In the above photo, Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister from Game of Thrones), Sarah Gadon (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Luke Evans (Bard in The Hobbit) pose on the red carpet at the Dracula Untold premier in England.
But the filmmakers hope to show two sides of Vlad. Evans, who plays the title character, said this in a recent interview, "As much as you know about the dark side of Vlad, we wanted the audience to see the passionate, loving, vibrant side of him."
Passionate and loving? OK, well, Luke Evans is totally sexy and we love him in the dragon-themed leather outfit, so we'll go with it. We could certainly imagine spending some time with him in the newly discovered dungeon, assuming he was into the Fifty Shades of Grey kind of stuff.
So, maybe the message Vlad's ghost is trying to send has something to do with the fact that he wasn't entirely bad? That maybe he did have a passionate, loving side to him and he wants the world to know that since Hollywood has made a mockery of him in its myriad of vampire movies. We suppose we'll have to see Dracula Untold to find out.
Dracula Untold impales audiences Oct. 10.
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