*note sarcasm above*
Okay, I don’t really know where the fascination came from, but I do feel massively inclined to blame Stephanie Whatshername - responsible for the Twilight series - for the ridiculous influx of Vampire media that has not only hit the cinema screens, but has also hit adolescent bookshelves everywhere in recent years.
There was a time - cast your minds back to the likes of Dracula - when Vampires were considered to be pretty bad-ass. Far from their now sparkly/vegetarian representation that has, in my opinion, destroyed one of the oldest monsters that most civilisations are familiar with. Everyone knows a Vampire story and, way back when I first heard one, I distinctly remember being pretty scared by them…
There’s always been a bit of a fascination around Vampire culture - the amount of adaptations of Dracula is mind-blowing - but now, it’s just getting boring! What’s even more boring is this social desire that surrounds them. But then, I suppose if you show a group of young girls something that sparkles in the sunlight, it’s a natural reaction for them to coooooo uncontrollably, something that’s worsened by the allegedly attractive Edward Cullen character.
My first memory of a visual representation of a Vampire was Blade, so it’s hard for me to see where the attraction comes in; although the appearance of Ryan Reynolds in Blade: Trinity nearly tipped the scales for me.
While I appreciate that Hollywood is merely bowing to the demands of the general public, can they not at least try and jazz up the ideas that they’re using? The Cullens has taken younger - and some older - readers and viewers everywhere by storm and now it seems that every Vampire to appear since these books arrived must be super-attractive, mildly nice and completely misunderstood. Poor things!
By now, you might be wondering what started this rant. See the video below for an explanation:
For the first part of the trailer I feel like I’m watching an American version of the likes of Made In Chelsea. With fangs. When you hit the halfway point things take an interesting turn - and I use the word interesting fairly loosely here - as Vampires start showing of their super strength and eternal battle to exist in this world…
Alright, it might be a good film. There might be worthy fight scenes and amusing moments that redeem it slightly from its completely unoriginal subject matter but c’mon, haven’t we seen enough of this? Isn’t this the time for werewolves or… I don’t know, anything other than Vampires? Get in touch with us and tell your thoughts on the Vampire phenomena… unless you’re going to email me and tell me how Twilight is, in which case, I’d save your fingers the energy.