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The Unofficial History of Vampires

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Kevin Randazzo

on 6 September 2012

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How did the myth of vampire go from this: To this? The main ideas that vampires represent have been around for years. But vampires themselves got their start in the 18th century Europe Ancient Myths Mesopotamia had TONS of superstitions regarding demons that would suck blood from their victims The ancient Greeks had folklore pertaining to the daughters of Hecate (a witch like demigod) that would seduce shepherds and then eat them Lamia was one of Zeus' mortal lovers. Filled with anger and jealousy, Zeus' wife, the goddess Hera, made Lamia insane so she would eat all her children. Once Lamia realized what she had done, she became so angry that she turned into an immortal monster, sucking the blood from young children out of jealousy for their mothers. In India, Vetalas were believed to have to power to inhabit corpses and reanimate them or enter living bodies and drive them mad But how did we go from blood sucking demons to... ...sparkles (aka Vlad the Impaler) The answer is this guy (aka Dracula) (Vlad III) (aka prince of Wallachia) Some Vlad Stats:
Ruled Wallachia (old timey Romania) 1456-1462
Protected Christianity in Easter Europe
Estimated to have killed between 40,000 and 100,000 people
Primary form of torture would be to impale his victims on wooden stakes. (Hence Vlad the Impaler) He was a terrible guy that tortured and maimed thousands. It was rumored that he even made mothers eat their own children. He was not liked by some.
The inspiration for Count Dracula's name. His father was a member of the Order of the Dragon. AKA he was "Dracul" (Dragon) The Vampire that we know (and sometimes love) today stems directly from Dracula. A story written by this guy. Bram Stoker (1847-1912) Inspiration for Count Dracula: Varney the Vampire and Camilla both preceeded the story and were both about vampires bathing in the blood of their victims While he may be the most well know vampire story, he was not the first. The name came from our boy Vlad, but the mannerisms came from this gent, Sir Henry Irving Sir Henry Irving was an actor/manager of the Lyceum Theater. It was here that Stoker worked and where the two met. He was the real-life inspiration for the character of Dracula,
tailor-made to his dramatic presence,
gentlemanly mannerisms
and affinity for playing villain roles. Irving's mannerisms are what shaped the modern idea of vampires as these suave debonaire creatures. He shaped Dracula and Dracula shaped the rest of vampires to come. listen to his reading from Shakespeare's Richard III Henry Irving (1838-1905) Vampires in the movies German silent film based of off Dracula. Nosferatu (1922) One of the most important films in the genre since it was the first to be captured on film. Dracula became Count Orlock and vampire became Nosferatu (hence the title) The Germans did not have the rights to the story so they changed many of the names Dracula (1931) Regarded as the most important vampire film. It is recognized as the precursor to every vamp movie to come.
Starred Bela Lugosi as Drac. He was from Hungary and couldn't speak a lick of English. Because of this it was rumored he read all of his lines phonetically which gave the iconic vampire his memorable speech pattern. (I vant to suck your bluhd) Vampires as Comedy Since Abbot and Costello in 1948 Dracula and vampires were used not only to frighten or seduce but to ignite laughter as well
The trend continued throughout the decades with films like "Love at First Bite (1979) Fright Night (1985 and again in 2011) Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) and Dracula Dead and Loving It (1995) Vampire Characteristics 'sup How are modern day vampires depicted in the media? A (brief) History of Vampires
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