Name: Vampires, vampyres
Features: Human looking creatures in need of blood
Source: Various mythology and folklore
Habitat: Anywhere and everywhere
The belief in vampyres has been around some say, as long as man himself.
These undead creatures mainly sustain themselves by feeding on the blood of other living creatures.
Their wide range of appearance goes from being nearly human to a bloated rotting corpse.
Familiar depictions are of astonishingly beautiful humans who remain forever healthy and youthful.
Panic has stricken various villages and communities throughout the ages causing many witch hunts and burnings, unearthing of corpses and the performance of unthinkable rituals – all in order to annihilate the possibility of such beings.
Driving stakes through their hearts or legs, decapitation, placing bricks and pieces of steel in their mouths, nailing their clothing to the ground to prevent them from rising at night and pouring boiling water over their graves when done – all of these things were done in the quest to eradicate these inhuman entities.
From garlic to sacred water, a branch of hawthorn or a wild rose, a crucifix or rosary, mustard seeds and mirrors – all of these were said to aide in warding off these horrid creatures.
Jack-o-lanterns were also used as a way to protect one's dwelling against the undead. The jack-o-lantern's light was a way of identifying vampires on the prowl for blood. Once a vampire was identified, it was believed that they would give up their hunt for you.
Vampires have been extremely romanticized over the years. Imagine forever beautiful beings with great passion, strength and allure.
The idea that they are endlessly on the run and hunted down because they fail to fit into the human population – all the while having very human traits and needs, is extremely appealing to many.
Many of these creatures are known worldwide such as the ultimately famous Dracula, the name of the Transylvanian count in the novel written by Bram Stoker in 1897.
Another popular short novella was written by British physician, John Polidori in 1819 titled "The Vampyre".
So many novels, movies and television series have been created around this mythical creature. It leads all to believe with almost complete certainty that new stories will always lay in wait for us to eagerly delve into.
Below is a little teaser - a short clip from the movie Dracula Untold.
Video clip provided by iGamrGeekTV.
If you have a favourite vampire movie - please let us know which one you think is the very best ever and briefly explain why.
There have been so, so many . . .
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What We Do in the Shadows Not rated yet
An excellent dark comedic take on the vampire genre.
The Lost Boys Not rated yet
Because just like Dracula they got it right. Vampires DON'T sparkle in the light They BURN in the light. Garlic does nothing to them but holy water can …
Daybreakers Not rated yet
Liked it because it's "modern", but the vampires are still not "Twilight-ized".
Blade Not rated yet
because it is awesome
Interview with the Vampire Not rated yet
The movie as well as the book describes the real life of vampires. That while it can seem fascinating with enhanced abilities, it really is a 'living Hell'. …
From Dusk Til Dawn Not rated yet
Great plot, great acting, funny and cool
Twilight Not rated yet
It's symply the best.
interview with the vampire Not rated yet
Its shows the true nature of vampires. They're not the dating types, they're the patriarchs of demons.
Not Twilight Not rated yet
Seriously, who likes these movies?
Salem's Lot Not rated yet
Kurt Barlow the vampire is truly the creepiest . . .
Twilight Not rated yet
Because its better than Lord of the Rings!
Underworld Not rated yet
They portray vampires as vampires, not sparkly, whiny wimps...