Threads of Fear! The first real update.
Bitey. Isn't that still kind of a broad topic though?
Just thinking of some of the most popular vampire movies from, say, the last few decades, you have Dracula, 30 days of night, Interview with the Vampire and even TV shows like True Blood and The Vampire Diaries.
There's that other series, too. The one about, I don't know, sunset or something? With the glitter?
I. . . don't remember anything about glitter?
That last one came out not too long ago. Breaking. . . something. I can't remember the title.
Breaking Bad? Great show, but this is strictly a horror blog. You've really got us off track, Yikes.
We talked about him before.
It does what now?
. . . Alright.
In a way, he's a great example of the vampire being more than a one-dimensional creature of the night. It's not a zombie. It's not just some creature crawling out of the mud to kill the living. There's intelligence there, a real cunning. Yet, he's still really just a killer. He has brides, sure, but they're subjects of his, not a great lost love. You can contrast that with Gary Oldman's performance in Bram Stoker's Dracula, where he is seeking not just blood, but his lost love. Regardless of whether or not you enjoy that direction, there's an evolution there.
All of those films, of course, may never have existed if not for the originals: The Universal classics. A number of different actors portrayed the vampire in those films, from Lon Chaney Jr., through John Carradine and of course back to the original, Bela Legosi.
So you take all these modern Draculas running all over the screen, and you trace them back to Legosi.
Right, so the first actor to play Dracula didn't play Dracula at all. He played some other vampire named Sherlock?
But his name is Morlock?
You know what, let's just call it Dracula.
The point is, if you're looking for the root of the vampire in film, it has to be here. And here, we do have something closer to a creature climbing out of the mud. Count Orlok is a frightful creature, hairless and ratlike with prominent fangs. The groundwork is laid for the romance as well-- he is distracted, enthralled with the beauty of a woman, and that is his weakness. Yet, there is never any doubt that the Nosferatu is a creature of nightmares.
The nightmares are what we're looking for.
It's kinda like our journey left the pavement and went to a gravel road.