Dracula at the Torture Museum
Last week I offered a review of the Medieval Torture Museum, a (still relatively) new attraction in Saint Augustine, Florida, the nation’s oldest and most haunted city. (Yep, it even beats New Orleans in that department. It has the most violent history, the most dead people buried in unmarked graves, victims of disease outbreaks and warfare, and it’s older, thus it isn’t surprising that it would have more ghosts.) The Torture Museum is a perfect fit for the city, in other words, and I loved loved loved it.
If you are like me, as you read last week’s article, you were wondering the same thing I was wondering as I entered the Museum: Is Dracula featured in here? I mean, impalement surely qualifies as torture. How could a museum dedicated to torture in the Middle Ages NOT mention Dracula? I had a feeling he’d be in there, and sure enough he is.
While I wanted a full-size mockup with mannequins, both Dracula and victim—ideally I wanted a recreation of the woodcut scene where Drac is dining amongst an army of impaled corpses, but logistics and economics would make that understandably difficult to execute—at least good ol’ Vlad got mentioned on a wall plaque.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.
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