From Vamps to Virgins
Vampires have been a huge part of American horror since the dawn of silent films. Since arguably the first vampire film, Nosferatu (1922), writers and directors have been reinventing the blood-sucking monster. In recent years, the vampire has lost its fear factor. All of a sudden the male vampire has grown a conscious and developed a set of morals that says killing human beings is wrong. Our generation has gone from From Dawn Until Dusk and Blade to Twilight. It may work for now, but I hope it ends soon.
The concept of the virginal male vampire is something that’s driving teens and women crazy. He has an old soul (because he’s hundreds of years old), he’s in great shape (because vampires don’t eat food or age), and he’s wealthy (because he’s had decades to make bank). What’s not to like? It’s a little bit too much romance and not enough horror for my liking. Traditionally, vampires are sexual predators thirsting for human life and power and today’s vampires do the same thing, but with less action. The female still lusts for the vampire, which leaves her incapable of grasping reality, but instead of essentially being raped and dried of blood, she becomes restless and contemplates suicide. What a great message for today’s youth… NOT!
Critics wonder if Hollywood’s vampire obsession will lose its appeal. Ever since Twilight‘s Edward Cullen invited himself into our bedrooms, it seems like a slew of other vampires have crammed themselves into our homes. The vampire craze shows no loss in momentum as these shows fill up prime time television.
- True Blood- Sounds like a teen vampire soap opera to me. The show centers around a teen waitress who falls in love with a vampire.
- Vampire Diaries- Just another teen vampire soap opera. The series follows a love triangle between a young female and two vampire brothers in a small town haunted by super natural beings.
- Being Human- I actually watch this one. Three super natural roommates try to find a place in the human world as they deal with their “conditions.”
- Blood Ties- A Canadian show based on another vampire novel about a private investigator with bad eyesight and her professional/personal partnership with a vampire.
- Moonlight- Also about a vampire who works as a private investigator.
I’m almost afraid to ask how many more vampire-related shows are going to pop up this year. It’s on a downward spiral. Have you heard of “Fantasy Biting” yet? It’s a form of role play that teens are taking part in. A 15-year-old Florida teenager told police she was attacked while jogging when in fact she was participating in vampire role play. It’s blood-sucking madness!!
Other Hollywood Horror Trends for Teens
Movies and TV aren’t the only trends in teen horror. Fashion (Hot Topic), video games, and music all fuel the teen horror fire, but today’s post will focus on Hollywood (movies) and video games (teen crack).
Vampires may have stepped out from the shadows as of late, but some other monsters haven’t been pushed from the spotlight. Werewolves and zombies have a tremendous young following thanks to the big screen. Movies like Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Wolfman, Shaun of the Dead, 28 Weeks Later and Zombieland have boosted the two groups’ popularity amongst teens.
Video games have pushed the zombie frenzy to all new heights. First-person shooter games like Left 4 Dead 2, Dead Rising, and Resident Evil have turned the gaming experience into a fight for survival. Left 4 Dead 2 is without a doubt one of the best zombie video games I’ve ever played (Zombies Ate My Neighbors will always be my favorite), and I’ve played a lot of them. This game is intense graphically, phonetically, and mentally. The levels of zombie strength range from petty (but watch out because they come in enormous hordes) to powerful (this zombie is HUGE and can take a lot of lead). Below is an intro clip from Left 4 Dead that will be sure to convince you that zombies are a threat to survival.
Is Macabre a Trend?!
Some say that these types of movies and entertainment will die off soon enough, but I beg to differ. Horror will always be around because people are intrigued by fear. The industry will absolutely change like it always does when new technology is available or when monsters are reworked to create something fresh. Whether we’re talking about a Disney movie villain or a demon entity tormenting an innocent family, death is a part of life. Without evil, how can there be good?
Most of the time I enjoy horror entertainment regardless of romance and gore, but sometimes it’s just ridiculous. I’m tired of the virgin vampire, how much longer can Hollywood milk this?
Go Team Horror!