Vampires seem to come in all shapes and sizes form Dracula to Twilight vampires can be fast, mind reading, reality altering, garlic hating fiends.
Each new movie allows the director to put his or her mark on the vampire genre with their interperatation of a vampire.
With that in mind lets explore 3 different types-each with their own benefits and down sides.
So what do YOU think?
Here we will review different types of vampires with their pro's and con's.
The 30 Days Of Night .
30 Days Of Night is based in Alaska during the "dark season", a 6 months of darkness without sunlight. Within this time, things suddenly start to happen in the sleepy Alaskan town.
Sled dogs used for hunting and transporting are slain for hunting and helicopters are destroyed, isolating the island. The phone lines are cut and there are no flights until the dark season passes.
This is when the vampires in this film make their move. They take out the main generator, have researched the town and the timings for the dark season, and have sent in a infiltrator to help with the destruction of the town. These vampires show incredible intellect to plan all this through. The have chosen time wisely and use the element of surprise. They have cut off any means of communication and are excellent night hunters.
They have their own form of importance, with each member fully understanding their position. They have, in fact, thought of everything and it is a highly successful attack. The vampires themselves are animalistic in appearance...
Sharp pointed teeth, but no fangs? This, to me, would be a negative as all the vampires I had seen in other movies have had fangs. However, the pointed teeth are effective at ripping through flesh and are well suited to their type of hunting.
Their eyes are darker and personally, I have always been of the opinion that this gives them better sight when hunting - hence why they find it so easy.
They have their own language in which they communicate to each other. They also use English when it is of best effect. For example, when a girl is begging for God to help and the main vampire looks at the sky and then to herbefore saying"God" in his language and "No God" in English. Personally I found this terrifying. They also show their intellect by using this girl as bait.
For me, these are just about the perfect vampires for a horror movie -minus the fangs!
The Twilight series version of a vampire.
In Twilight, the vampires are in covens. Each coven has it's clan and they even have a version of royalty known as the Volturi. These vampires are closer to the initial vampire belief of fangs, aversion to sunlight, super fast etc.
There are many benefits to being a Twilight vampire, as there is a whole saga of information where as 30 Days Of Night was one movie. The Cullen clan which is the family Edward Cullen-led vampires belong to. The have the usual vampire traits of fangs, when defensive mainly, aversion to sunlight, they don't sleep and have different abilities although not all do.
Edward Cullen has the ability to read people's minds.
Alice Cullen can see the future,the Amazonian clan can alter reality,
Jane, a member of the Volturi ,can make you believe you are suffering pain in which ever degree she feels necessary. You could be in a little pain or a lot.
Other abilties include electricity through touch, altering the elements, telepathy and the use of paralyzing toxins. They are super fast, difficult to kill, good hunter's and within the Twilight series there are other magical creatures like werewolves. These I would consider a plus.
Their main problem is their aversion to sunlight. Not the aversion itself-it is commonly believed that vampires don't like sunlight-but they can't go into sunlight b ecause they shine when they do. This is not the "dying if you step into sun rays" reason we are used to. And if people were to see them shine then they would be able figure out that they were not human and in fact immortal. Although immortal is not really right. They can die but not naturally.
All in all, you have good vampires who like humans and survive on the blood of animals and others who eat humans as it is in their nature. You also have all round bad vampires like Volturi, who use their gifts and stature for personal gain.
These characteristics are close to what we have been lead to believe ...but not quite.
The Lost Boys.
The Lost Boys is set in Sana Monica where two brothers have just moved. Moving in general is stressful, with people wanting to fit in and get the lay of the land etc.
Micheal, the elder brother, finds a girl named Star and by default meets David. He is the leader of a small group of friends, and is eager to impress Star. Micheal starts doing things he would never usually do. He starts speeding and driving recklessly on his bike, cliff jumping (albeit on to a ledge, but he doesn't know that) and being quite willing to please David and, by default, Star.
Now, despite a warning from Star, Micheal becomes one of the gang. But Micheal doesn't really know what that is. He drinks a liquid that David tells him to and he begins to turn over the next few days. His brother, Sam, has found new friends in the Frog brothers. They run a comic book store and try to tell Sam about Santa Monica's vampire plight. At first he doesn't believe them but then he begins to notice changes in his brother which quickly change his mind.
This is when these particular vampire's abilities get explained.
They have,as you can see above, fangs. They have an aversion to sunlight because it hurts (Yay!) , these vampires have a strong reaction to Holy water, it burns tthem on contact, and garlic as it is a kind of repellant for vampires , can die by a stake through the heart and almost everything that a classic vampire should have.
The have a "Head" vampire who let one person drink blood and become a vampire and this quickly grew. In this world, if you take out the "Head" vampire then all other vampires he created are no longer vampires. These vampires can't see their reflection and can fly! An awesome ability in my book. Their only downside is that they sleep upside down and are vulnerable to attack during daylight hours.
Other than that,however, they are the poster image of what a vampire should be. Well done, The Lost boys! Next I will compare Interview with a Vampire with Blade and also From Dusk Until Dawn.
What do you think a "vampire" should have? which movie does the best interpretation of it? Please let me know in the comments what you think.
Until next time folks-Ciao!