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Bryan Turnock

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325895

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325895.001.0001

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Modern-Day Vampires

Modern-Day Vampires

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(p.245) Chapter 12 Modern-Day Vampires
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Studying Horror Cinema
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Bryan Turnock

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781911325895.003.0013

This chapter studies the vampire movie, which has undoubtedly been the most enduring sub-genre throughout the history of horror cinema. From the German Expressionism of Nosferatu, through the Universal and Hammer versions of Dracula, George A. Romero's modernist Martin, the genre-busting From Dusk 'Til Dawn, to the Twilight saga and beyond, they have remained popular with audiences the world over. Once confined to the cobweb-filled cellars of nineteenth-century European castles, since the 1970s the cinematic vampire is more likely to be found in contemporary suburbia. The chapter looks at the history of movie vampires and how they have evolved to their current form. It considers Tomas Alfredson's Låt den rätte komma in (Let the Right One In, 2008), a film that takes the conventions laid down across a century of vampire cinema to produce something that still appears fresh and exciting.

Keywords:   vampire movies, horror cinema, cinematic vampire, movie vampires, Tomas Alfredson, vampire cinema

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