The medieval Bran castle was built in 1377 on a cliff above the plains. The saxons, a group of Germanic tribe, built it.

Narrow staircases, secret passageways and Gothic portals inspired me to make this horror-style silent video.

My video is in black and white, so I might as well write here that the roofs are reddish-brown, typical of a Transylvanian castle.

It attracts many tourists, because it is promoted as Dracula’s castle, when in fact, the real “Dracula” – the man behind the myth, Vlad III Tepes, spent only a few nights here.

I have always been fascinated with vampires, especially the gorgeous, powerful, speedy modern vampires. I don’t like the slow Nosferatu and the 50’s-60’s Dracula played by Christopher Lee.

Of course I am very intrigued by Vlad III Tempes aka Vlad the Impaler. So we had to see this castle.

According to the book Transylvania by Lucy Mallows, Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, published 1897, “was born of a nightmare following a supper of dressed crab.”

Queen Marie of Romania – granddaughter of England’s Queen Victoria – was the interior designer of the castle. She had very good taste.