The Literary And Pop Culture Vampire Of The 1950s

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The Literary and Pop Culture Vampire of the 1950s
The following paper illustrates the cultural function of vampire legends and beliefs in the context of literature and pop culture of the 1950s. Using the following film and novel, Curse of the Undead (1959) and I Am Legend (1954) to analyze the cultural function of vampire during this era. The paper uses historical references of 1950s to depict hidden meanings portrayed in the novel and film.
Themes of threatening external invasion were paramount in Curse of the Undead (1959) and I Am Legend (1954). In addition, the metaphor of disease happens to appear in both film and novel. Interpretive elements of the Cold War are present amongst the literary and pop culture vampire which presents the vampire as diseased human, and, or vampire as victim of nuclear war.
Curse of the Undead (1959) can be interpreted as anti-communism propaganda. The film is a composite of western and horror film, although it does not directly state, the vampire is casted as the communist disease. The disease metaphor relates the vampire to the spread of Communism infecting the America way of life. In a testimony in front of the HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee), FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover used a disease metaphor to discuss the communist threat. This metaphor became part of cold war rhetoric. Hoover states that:
“Victory will be assured once communists are identified and exposed, because the public will take the first step of quarantining

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