Since the recent popularity of the Twilight movie series, a renewed interest in vampire movies has been seen in pop culture. Whether you are a fan of these books or movies, you have no doubt seen their increasing popularity all over the news and television. What started as a fictional legend written about in a novel many years ago, has become now become a movie sensation with fans worldwide.
The myth of the vampire had been around for many centuries all over the world. Vampires were said to be evil spirits, ghosts, demons, or witches that exist by consuming the blood of humans. This hideous dark creature, with fangs to suck the blood of his prey, most likely came from the primary fear of the unknown which exists in the minds of all humans. They are a legend present in almost all cultures and the entertainment industry has certainly taken hold and run with this frightening legend.
Dracula is probably the best known and most represented vampire of all time. In 1931, Bela Lugosi’s portrayal of Dracula set the stage for vampire movies for years to come. Over the years, many variations of the Dracula story have been written in books and filmed time after time for television and movies.
Although Dracula is more recognized, the film Nosferatu, produced in 1922, is more likely the origin of all vampire related movies. A silent movie starring Max Schreck, it was an unlicensed German version of Braum Stoker’s novel, a book that has been published in more than one hundred fifty versions over the years. This film usually makes the top-ten list of most experts in the vampire movie industry.
In most vampire movies the basic plot elements are the same. The vampire is of course the main villain who is often hunted by his nemesis the vampire hunter. Often the vampire’s traits include things such as avoidance of sunlight, having no reflection in mirrors, fear of holy water and crucifixes and only being able to be killed by a wooden stake through the hearts.
These early horror films had a much narrower audience than vampire movies today. Films such as The Lost Boys, Blade, Braum Stoker’s Dracula and Van Helsing have attracted people who may not have been into vampire movies before. Involving a tragic love story with the vampire legend is a good fit for moviegoers everywhere. Mix in a few handsome actors, and these movies are now a popular mainstream genre.
While the basic premise of the vampire in these movies is the same, filmmakers worldwide are striving to give the public a unique twist on the classic tale. In fact, it has been said that Dracula with more than 150 films made about him, has been the subject of more movies than any other fictional character. Upcoming films such as sequels in the Twilight series, and others like Midnight Son, will continue to expand the vampire film genre. With so many vampire movies out there, audiences are likely to find just the right one for them. SABUNG AYAM
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