27 November 2013
Classification of Three Vampire Film Sub-Genres
Vampire films have been a staple since the early 1900’s, so much so that the depiction of vampires in popular culture is strongly based on their depiction in films throughout the years. Through the whole of vampire film’s existence, our classical idea of the folkloric revenant has been teased and adjusted to produce many varieties. Three types of vampire films that have remained as our faithful paradigm or emerged in recent times are; the classical Dracula, romantic, and action or adventure.
Vampire films based on the premise and/or characters of Bram Stoker’s Dracula have been the archetype for many vampire pictures. Nosferatu (1922), Dracula (1931), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) and Dracula 2000 (2000) are only a few of the innumerable Dracula-based motion pictures that have been rendered on film. Dracula is significant for the fact that his tale is easily told. The legend of the Count can be reveled by adults just as well as children. In fact, apart from live-action Dracula flicks geared towards teenagers and adults, there have also been many animated movies targeted towards children. These kinds of vampire films are my favorite because they provide a classic, and easily understood yet equally entertaining story, and are sure to be around for much longer.
Romantic vampire films have recently become a widespread phenomenon and enjoyed by many people. Twilight (2008), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), Let the Right One In (2008), The Hunger (1983), Near Dark (1987), and others like The Vampire Carmilla (1992) are but a few of the many romantic vampire films that have hit the screens. Twilight has been so successful in theatres
that all of the books in the saga now have their respective films. Although a multitude of romantic vampire films are aimed at pulling the heartstrings of teenage girls; not all of them center around washboard abdominal muscles and bulging...