Wednesday, May 26, 2010

20 Vampire Movies that break the Vampire Mould

There's more than just Dracula, Lost Boys, Fright Night etc. of having the same old vampires of bloodsucking, to fangs to sun burning etc. even in novels, stories, TV shows, comics and movies because there are other breeds of vampires in world mythology such as in Africa, South America, Hawaii, Australia, Asia, New Zealand and even in Native American/Native Canadian myths.

There are some vampires who can walk in the day (Egyptian vampires, some South American, India and other breeds), some can be cannibals (The Wendigo of Native American and Canadian legends which can turn people into vampire people, West Africa, Philippines and other places), some can be awake all the time as they can sleep anytime they want, not all are effected by Garlic and holy objects but can be killed in different ways, some don't need fangs but rather have regular teeth but sharp as razor blades that can still affect a human (Egyptian, Brazilian, Filipino and other breeds), not all are pale but some are different races like black to Hispanic, some breeds can morph into other animals like Snakes to spiders to Tigers in other countries legends etc.

Trust me, I’m a TRUE vampire expert unlike some folks who are fans of Dracula's drones even though I like those kinds of vampires and grew up with them since the 80's as a kid, it wasn't until 98 when I looked up on vampires as a teenager at age 17 that I discovered in books there's more than just Dracula as I read the other legends, looked them up on the net and even rented movies like Life-force, Captain Kronos, The Hunger and more as I learned there's more than just being the same stereotype. There are even Succubi or Succubus creatures which are related creatures to vampires even Incubuses as both incubuses and Succubus’s can sparkle in the eyes of that person they desire as powers in some parts of the world when in human form to seduce a person.

If people thought the Cullen family especially Edward were "different and weird" vampires in the Twilight movies (Guilty pleasures of mine) then they aren't alone because the ones I mentioned in the world myths show about different vampires although the Volturi (Awesome villains even Aros) are the non-sparkling more evil and straight breed of dark vampires who finds other vampires not like them to be like them much like the Spanish Inquisition was. Even in some movies, comics, games, anime and novels they show the different vampires of legends like I mentioned and here are examples proving the Cullen’s aren't the only cinematic vampires to be different.

1. The Hunger (1983): Excellent example of how a vampire isn't the same creature you see in Ann Rice, Buffy, Dracula or Blade! John and Miriam played by David Bowie and Catherine Devenue are of the Egyptian breed of vampires where they have no fangs but sharp as razor blades human teeth that can still infect a human (Much like the ones in Near Dark and Twilight) and walk in the daylight without being killed, but they also have a sharp object to slit throats then suck blood and can age rapidly if not given treatment of more blood. They can be killed in the chest.

2. Lifeforce (1985): Another quality underrated example that not all vampires are restricted to being like Stoker or Ann Rice! This Tobe Hooper cult fave features three aliens who invade Earth in London to turn people into zombies and vampires alike. The three aliens in this movie are of an ancient race of vampires who visited Earth before and became the source/ancestors/birth to the vampires, succubi and zombies of legends and myths including Dracula. The 2 male vampires and succubus leader don't have fangs nor suck blood but rather suck out energy/souls/life-forces as they are Psi-vampires or Psychic vampires but still has Dracula qualities like becoming energy mist, becoming bat-like alien beasts with fangs, sleeping in energy crystals like coffins and can be killed in the torso instead of the heart with a leaded iron metal shaft.

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