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Vampires Fanged and Defanged

The rise in the popularity of vampires causes one to categorize the type of vampires that we choose to watch. The first category is the fanged vampire. This is the vampire of the past that is a true monster. They have an animalistic need to satiate a hunger that goes beyond human control. They are the vampires that many of us grew up on- Dracula, Angelus from Angel, and Buffy’s evil vamps, including pre chip Spike. They are the criminals in From Dusk til Dawn, the Nightstalkers from Blade, and of course John Carpenter’s Vampires. These monsters made you sit at the edge of your seat, close your eyes, turn your headm and hold your breath until the slashing and feeding are over. They chase helpless women and tear men apart. There is no controlling the monster. But is that the reason why people like the fanged vampire? Can it satiate a need in us to allow our imagination to play out these violent actions while we sit innocently and safely in our homes enjoying the action without any of the consequences? The second category is the defanged vampire. These are the vampires that are more popular today. They are the brooding vampires that hate being a monster and long to be human again. They are sexy and turn a woman’s head in a different way that the fanged vampires. These vampires hide the monster within thus categorized as defanged. They are our knight in shining armor that is here to rescue us and make us feel “alive” rather than fearful of death. Examples include Twilight’s Cullen family, Angel from the Buffy and Angel seriesl, Moonlight’s Mick St John, and numerous of vampires that are more popular today. Do we enjoy these vampires after we have a rough day at the office and just need to unwind? Does this defanged vampire allow us to feel better about the monster within us by putting a prettier face on the monster within? Is it better to face the monster that we fear rather than the one we know? Many worry that the defanged vampire will overtake the fanged vampire in popularity. But there are no worries about this. The recent Swedish movie "Let the RIght One In" showed us that the fanged vampires are here to stay. The vampire, Eli may appear to be a young child but portrays the life of a fanged vampire very well. I know that depending upon my mood is how I choose which vampire to watch at the time- fanged or defanged. Trust me there are enough of both of these monsters to go around for everybody. So tell us what is your favorite vampire and why? Which do you think is more popular? Do you think that one will push the other out of the light or is there enough room for both.

Fanged Films

USA, 1999
USA, 1988
Beverly Hills Vamp

From the Library

As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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