A few weeks ago, io9 released a video pointing out the parallels between Jake Gyllenhaal's character Lou Bloom from Nightcrawler and one of cinemas most classic villains, a vampire.
Check out their video below to hear their theory of Lou Bloom secretly being a vampire here:
While they make a pretty compelling case - and a far more thorough one than I would have been able to make - their argument falls flat in a couple of areas.
1. His emaciated and vampiric frame
Yes, this one I can fully stand behind. With his gaunt body, upturned collars, and slicked back (sometimes a manbun-ified) hair, he looks far from the Jake Gyllenhaal we know and much more Dracula-esque.
2. We barely see him out in the daytime
Well, that's not exactly the case. There are multiple instances in which we see Lou Bloom out in broad daylight (on the beach and meeting with Bill Paxton's character are two instances). That being said, there are some vampires who have been able to withstand the sun. At least he didn't sparkle, right?
3. He can bend humans to his will
Being a sociopath, a pathological liar, and a master manipulator, there's no question that Lou Bloom can twist and turn conversations in his favor. I can't say for sure whether this is some kind of vampire power or his ability to figure out how to take advantage of people's weaknesses, but it doesn't hurt the theory.
4. We never see him eat
I think in the whole of the movie we see Lou Bloom take maybe one bite of food. This could mean that he's a vampire who can't digest human food, but it could also indicate that he's totally insane.
5. His story begins and ends with a full moon
The full moon is a pretty iconic vampire symbol, but in other interviews about the film, both Gyllenhaal and director Dan Gilroy have stated that Lou Bloom's character is the human embodiment of a bloodthirsty coyote howling at the moon.
Still, in my opinion, io9 isn't far off! Lou Bloom can be seen as a metaphorical vampire. As a sociopath, he sees little harm in throwing people aside for his own benefit and isn't afraid of sucking people dry and playing into society's voyeuristic obsessions if it means coming up on top. Bloom certainly fits the news station's mantra of "If it bleeds, it leads," even if we're not talking about actual blood.