Tales of shadowy, bloodsucking figures have occurred in nearly every society. But vampires as we think of them today trace their roots back to one historical figure. 'The Real Dracula' ventures into the mists of history to chronicle the exploits of the 15th century prince know as 'Vlad the Impaler'. Ruling from a mountain fortress reached by a stairway of 1400 steps, Vlad was a sadist of unimaginable proportions. Legends say that he impaled hundreds of his enemies on stakes in the plain below his castle, then took lunch surrounded by the grisly "forest" of his victims, dipping his bread in their blood! Bram Stoker, in writing his classic 1897 novel 'Dracula', took Vlad as his model for the vampire who has become a cultural icon throughout the Western World. But the exploits of the fictional vampires pale in comparison to the horrors committed by Vlad, 'The Real Dracula'!