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Classification Of Three Vampire Film Sub Genres

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Writing 100
27 November 2013
Classification of Three Vampire Film Sub-Genres
Vampire films have been a staple since the early 1900’s, so much so that the depiction of vampires in popular culture is strongly based on their depiction in films throughout the years. Through the whole of vampire film’s existence, our classical idea of the folkloric revenant has been teased and adjusted to produce many varieties. Three types of vampire films that have remained as our faithful paradigm or emerged in recent times are; the classical Dracula, romantic, and action or adventure.
Vampire films based on the premise and/or characters of Bram Stoker’s Dracula have been the archetype for many vampire pictures. Nosferatu (1922), Dracula (1931), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) and Dracula 2000 (2000) are only a few of the innumerable Dracula-based motion pictures that have been rendered on film. Dracula is significant for the fact that his tale is ...view middle of the document...

Twilight has been so successful in theatres
that all of the books in the saga now have their respective films. Although a multitude of romantic vampire films are aimed at pulling the heartstrings of teenage girls; not all of them center around washboard abdominal muscles and bulging biceps. I particularly enjoy the sect of romantic vampire films that avoids said musculatory gimmicks, a fantastic example of one that I do enjoy is Interview With a Vampire. I enjoy it because it employs protagonists who seem to be romancing danger itself; not any unrequited or forbidden love. Although this sub-genre of vampire films isn’t my absolute top pick, it does have its gems apart from what Hollywood markets for teenage girls. Romance and vampires have gone hand in hand for many years and are undoubtedly going to remained intertwined for a very long time.
Action or adventure vampire films bring me to the end of the list of some of the more prominent vampire film genres. Not all vampire movies feature bloodsuckers who are ancient or self-loathing and in love with clueless high school girls. 30 Days of Night (2007), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), and I Am Legend (2007) are all prime examples of this sub-genre that is heavy on the action. A common trait amongst these films is that the vampires are no longer the protagonists but have assumed a more sinister role as the antagonists. While these movies can very rightly be construed as the marketing counterpart to the above mentioned romantic vampire films, they are nonetheless savored by people of all ages.
Although all three of these sub-genres are enjoyed by millions of people and continue to sell many tickets at their respective premieres, nearly everybody can choose one favorite. I myself have always had a place in my heart for Dracula films yet they still do not top my personal list of favorites. I have a greater affinity to romantic vampire films profound and cerebral in nature while many younger people may embrace the “high school drama” types of vampire romance. Vampire films have remained popular for many years, and don’t seem to be waning in popularity.

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