Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Vampires, Vampires, and more Vampires.

 The film industry first made a vampire movie in 1922. In Nosferatu, the vampire was the hideous looking creature on the left. Was this creature a human being at one time? Possibly, but he's not one of us anymore. He is a Vampire, and the "V" does not stand for victory. At least, not for us.

The gentleman on the right is Bella Lugosi who played Dracula in the 1932. This Dracula wasn't a hideous looking monster. Rather, Dracula is sly, insidious, and terrifying only when he needs to be. This is a vampire that is evil. The movie reeked with blatant overtones of sexuality even though everyone kept all their clothes on. It was all done in high camp.

There is no doubt that the creature on the left is a Vampire. Christopher Lee may have looked structurally human, but the eyes and fangs tell us that you didn't want to be in this creature's house after dark. I wouldn't want to be in this vampire's house during the day.

 A new genre of vampires arose with Anne Rice's novel, Interview with the Vampire In 1976.   Tom Cruise as Lestat is an urbane and sophisticated vampire. But beneath the surface lies a narcissistic and evil creature people came to know and love.He fears ennui more than as much as he fears the end of his existence.

In twilight, Anne Meyers presents a new vampire. Edward puts on sunglasses in the middle of the day and lives in a community in which cloudy days are the norm. Edward:Cullen says he is a vampire, and demonstrates superhuman powers, but so does Clark Kent. When I was doing the research for this post, I tried, but could not find, a single picture of Robert Pattinson with his fangs exposed in a movie sequence. More than a few people criticize the Twilight series many criticize as "humanizing" the vampire a bit too far.But, these novels were never written for adults, even though millions of adults read them.Twilight was named one of Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Books of 2005. Yes, one of the best children's books.  I hope that the next vampire that dominates the big screen is in a movie made for adults.

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