The Mystery Of The Vampire

1129 WordsNov 23, 20155 Pages
Vampires, zombies, ghosts, and demons are the four biggest genres of Western horror. While some horror movie tropes seem to come and go, like mummies, witches, cannibals, those four genres never seem to disappear. Every couple of months a new haunted house movie comes out, and since the start of AMC’s The Walking Dead, zombies have not even taken a break. Even considering how popular zombies are now, there is one type of creature that we will always be plagued with; the vampire. Just in the 21st century we have had dozens of vampire based movies and shows: Van Helsing, Blade, Vampire Diaries, Twilight, True Blood, no matter the genre directors always find some way to add vampires to it. That is the true curse of the vampire. Before vampires were turned into crazy love/sex dramas for teens, they use to bring fear to people, not romance. In, From Caligari to Hitler, Kracauer explains how Germany was charmed by stories of unescapable tyranny; it was a fear of the people. Germany was out of balance and they needed to choose their establishment, they feared that tyranny would be bad, but enjoyed watching the horrors of tyranny in film (Kracauer, p. 76). Vampire films like Nosferatu and Dracula star a tyrannical, unstoppable man and the citizens are powerless to fight back against his reign and his lust. Kracauer questions the German peoples’ love for movies like these, “did they call upon frightened visions to exorcise lusts which, they sensed, were their own and now threatened
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