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There Will Be Blood: A short history of vampire films

Posted June 23, 2009 to photo album "There Will Be Blood: A short history of vampire films"

From Nosferatu to Thirst, films have tried to capture the shadowy, seductive figure of the vampire. Writer Anne Billson chronicles the creature’s evolution.

Slide One: Intro
Slide Two: Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
Slide Three: Dracula (1931)
Slide Four: Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Grey (1932)
Slide Five: Dracula/Horror of Dracula (1958)
Slide Six: Dance of the Vampires/The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)
Slide Seven: Daughters of Darkness/Les lévres rouges (1971)
Slide Eight: Martin (1977)
Slide Nine: Near Dark (1987)
Slide Ten: Twilight (2008)
Slide Eleven:  Let the Right One In/Låt den rätte komma in (2008)
Slide Twelve: Writer Anne Billson
Slide One: Intro

Slide One: Intro

In his new film Thirst, Park Chan-wook transplants the vampire legend from Transylvania to South Korea. And by all accounts, the species has adapted fine to its new climate. Of course, some things had to change. As Park points out, "because he's Korean, we could not possibly have him be afraid of garlic, because garlic is ever present in all Korean food." But Vampires are a hearty breed and learn to adapt to new cultures and different times. In the following slide show, Anne Billson provides an natural history of film vampires from around the world.