I am mythology fanatic, especially Norse, Slavic and then all other mythologies. However, even though I like vampire movies, above all Dracula (my favorite is Francis Ford Coppola's from 1992), Only lovers left alive (Jim Jarmusch, 2013) and Underworld 1,2,3,4, I am pretty much allergic on seeing vampires the way modern books and movies show them.
As someone who likes data, I get bored when vampires don't have any single connection with real vampires. It is not a fact many people know, but some vampires didn't have sharp fangs, in fact, they didn't even drink blood. basically, they were ghosts, but meaty. Now, I should explain things from top of the list.
VAMPIRES IN FOLKLORE were mostly corpses of deceased peasants, and of course, souls. Not very intelligent or mischievous, they were mostly raping their wives and sometimes, depends from where myth comes and when in appeared, they drank blood of their wives, brothers, children, pets and neighbours.
They were really ugly, unlike vampires today - beautiful, immortal hardbodies who have neat, pale faces. well, it is nice to fantasise, but in reality, in myths, they were ugly as hell, though their corpses would stay undamaged for years. However, here is a picture of a Serbian vampire Sava Savanovic, where he hunted for people as a vampire and how folks describe him. I will write more about him because that story kicks ass.
Mostly plump - first photo I posted shows an anorexic female vampire with a rock in mouth. Here is how it goes. in myths, active vampires were puffy and blushy, while those who were burried with a stone in their mouth or turned around in face to bottom of the grave position were not able to feed and they would look starved. So, that's why the vampire in my drawing has anorexia.
In Dracula we find out how he needs earth in which he was burried, but that shows up only in some myths.
One does not become vampire through a bite always. Here is how it goes.
Vampires are very complexed, but the 'allergic to sunlight' thing is simple. vampires in myths did not appear by day because people were afraid only of night. Candles were expensive, electricity didn't exist and therefore, people were off to beds by nightfall. But whoever decided to be brave, or drunk and careless, who has seen shadows or movements in the dark has told a story of a vampire. I will soon write more about how vampires might be real, in fact, that there are proves about it.
one of the movies I also prefer is What we do in the shadows
and though it's not a vampire movie, Blood on satan's claw is a really awesome old movie.