Did you think that Transylvania is a real place stated in Romania? The main character Dracula was a real person, known also as the Cont Vlad III was. Vlad III of Wallachia owes his nickname Țepeș, the emperor, to the preferred method of condemning opponents and prisoners to death.
Born in 1431 in Transylvania, his title was that of Voivida (Voivode (/ˈvɔɪˌvoʊd/, also spelled Voievod, Voivoda, Vojvoda or Wojewoda, is a title denoting a “military-leader” or “warlord” in Central, Southern and Eastern Europe since the Early Middle Ages), but he is also often referred to as a count.
His life was characterized by constant clashes with the Ottomans, who had taken him, prisoner, as a child. His extremely bloodthirsty character and tendency to impale enemies made him famous throughout Europe when still alive, but the legend of this character continued even after his death on the battlefield.
It is easy to see how this one-of-a-kind figure combined with the breathtaking landscapes of Transylvania can be so inspiring for movies and fairytales.