Vampire films have been a staple since the silent days, so much so that the depiction of vampires in popular culture is strongly based upon their depiction in films throughout the years. The most popular cinematic adaptation of vampire fiction has been from Bram Stoker's Dracula, with over 170 versions to date. Running a distant second are adaptations of Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu. The legend of Elizabeth Bthory, the 'Blood Countess' has also been an influence. By 2005, Dracula had been the subject of more films than any other fictional character. As folklore vampires are defined in their need to feed on blood and on their manipulative nature; a theme held common through the many adaptations. Although vampires are generally associated with the horror genre, vampire films may also fall into the action film, science fiction, romance, comedy or fantasy genres, among others. Early cinematic vampires in other such films as The Vampire (1913), directed by Robert G.