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Vampire movies

  1. 1. Vampire Movies By Adaeze Ndakoji
  2. 2. Vampire Mythology • Disease and infection such as Catalepsy, Porphyria and Anemia all have symptoms that led people in the middle ages and earlier to believe that people were vampires. • Catalepsy is a disease where the afflicted goes into a suspended animation-like state that can resemble death • There are similar symptoms among the varying types of porphyria. One of these common symptoms is excessive hair growth. In Bram Stoker's Dracula and numerous mythologies this was a positive identification of a vampire • Symptoms of anemia include weakness or faintness, loss of appetite, and dizziness – all of which could make someone in the Middle Ages, and earlier, think the anemic was actually a vampire victim.
  3. 3. Society • Horror films played on the fears of society at the time. Nosferatu (1922) is a early vampire film that was released during the flu epidemic of the 20’s. A film about a disease ridden looking vampire biting people and spreading its infection was very apt at the time because millions all over the world were dying of the contagious influenza flu. • Also sexually transmitted disease's like syphilis was a major threat during the time a lot of vampire films were getting released. There was a huge connection between blood and disease and vampire movies played wit people fear of infection.
  4. 4. The First Vampire • 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 movies throughout the years. • Although there were early cinematic vampires in such films as The Vampire (1913), directed by Robert G. Vignola, these vampires were not undead bloodsucking fiends but ‘vamps’ • Dracula (1931) film is regarded as the classic vampire film. It was directed by Tod Browning and starred Bela Lugosi. • Dracula became Bela Lugosi's signature role, he wore minimal make-up and the many close-ups of Lugosi's face in icy silence jumped off the screen. • Lugosi was so attached to his role as Dracula that he became forever typecast as the count.
  5. 5. • Dracula (1931) was a huge success, and was greeted to critical acclaim. • Dracula was a big gamble for a major Hollywood studio to undertake. • It was uncertain if an American audience was prepared for a serious full length supernatural chiller. Though America had been exposed to other chillers before, such as The Cat and the Canary (1927), this was a horror story with no comic relief or trick ending that downplayed the supernatural. • Newspapers reported that members of the audiences fainted in shock at the horror on screen. • This publicity, helped ensure people came to see the film, if for no other reason than curiosity
  6. 6. Hammer Dracula • Christopher Lee's Dracula (1958 film) had something that was new, Fangs. This first Hammer Film vampire production ushered in a new look for vampire movies. They were in colour -- all the better to see the blood. • It was also becoming easier to more openly display what had been merely referred to before: the sexuality of vampirism. A lot of nudity and sexual content was know involved in vampire films. • When the film was originally released in the UK, the BBFC gave it an X rating, being cut, while the 2007 uncut re-release was given a 12A.
  7. 7. Modern day Vampires • Vampire films have become less of a scare factor in today's society, mythical figures do not create the same fear it did before. • Blade (1998) was one of the first all action vampire movies. He was a half vampire half human who protects humans from vampires. • One of the major plots of the film was to prevent Frost from raising La Magra, the Vampire blood god, and causing a vampire apocalypse. This is one of the first films where the vampire background and story became more complex and detailed. • 30 days of Night is a 2007 American horror film based on the comic book miniseries of the same name. The story focuses on the Alaskan town of Barrow, beset by vampires as it enters into a thirty- day long period without sunshine. The film follows a group of people who struggle to survive vampires until sunlight returns.
  8. 8. Twilight • Twilight is the vampire film of this generation. • Based on the books by Stephanie Meyer, this vampire franchise has become a worldwide phenomenon. • Twilight would not be classed as a horror, it is based more on forbidden love, lust and sexuality. We as viewers are not meant to be scared of the vampires, they are somewhat seen as heroes. • However in keeping with vampire theme there is still an element of danger surrounding them.
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