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7 Reasons that Explain Why Are We Addicted to Vampires

Vampires have been well-loved for many generations.

From books to TV shows and movies, we just can’t seem to get enough of these cold-blooded creatures. Despite being tremendously scary to the core, we’re drawn to their mesmerizing eyes and mysterious characters. It’s no wonder vampire movies are always a hit in movie theaters.

What could possibly the reason why people are so much engrossed with vampires?

We’ve listed down some of the reasons why vampires are so popular and patronized.

  1. They’re Oozing with Sex Appeal

There’s something about vampires that makes them tremendously sexy.

Vampires are the sexpots of the undead. Zombies are too gory and blood; no one gets turned on with those decaying flesh falling off their bodies. Ghosts, on the other hand, are insubstantial. Which leaves our option with vampires, who are permanently beautiful, young and possess the urge to suck things.

Dracula, the origin of all vampires, is a sophisticated and refined gentleman with a foreign and indefinable magnetism. It’s hard to think of a vampire character that is not sexy. Undoubtedly, vampires are the sexiest undead creatures.

We also identify vampires as sex symbols because of their flair for seducing their human victims. They just simply give you that long and irresistible gaze and you’re completely enchanted. Along with their power and evilness, vampires create a powerful sexual image. They are sexy because they possess most of the traits that we find sexually attractive in a person.

  1. Great Fashion Sense

The ugly truth is, we people are visual creatures. Though they always say real beauty is what’s inside us, we’re always drawn to the beautiful things that we see externally. That is why fashion plays a huge role in our lives. Not only do we want to look good all the time, we also feel an inexplicable gravity towards beautiful things.

Aside from being sexy, vampires always dress well. While zombies charm us with their shabby clothes, vampires are always an epitome of class and elegance. Well it sorts of make sense though, being around for thousand years make them wise and expert in fashion.

You would never catch a vampire on a day where he dresses poorly. They always look sophisticated with their all-black ensemble. You can just spend your whole day watching these lovely creatures on a beautifully cut dress or suit.

  1. They Possess a Fountain of Youth

Who wants to get old?

Almost every one of us wants to preserve our youth. In order to stay and look young, we spend a lot of money on products and procedures that could make us look 10 times younger than our actual age. Aside from staying young, we also want to live a long life. We live in an immensely beautiful world and it would be such a pity to leave this place early.

Despite being a hundred years old, vampires look like they’ve just come out of puberty. Many people are envious of their flawless complexion. And of course, they don’t need to sleep at least 8 hours a day, exercise regularly and drink plenty of water just to have a long life. As long as they have a steady supply of fresh blood, they are here to stay.

  1. Strength

Vampires are known to be emotionally and physically strong creatures. You wouldn’t be able to make it as a vampire if you are a wimp.

Movie screen-goers have witnessed how strong vampires can be. They can easily jump huge heights, throw people across a room and take a human’s life with just a snap. Super-strength is one of the skills that all vampires possess. The level of their strength depends on their age and their diet. Apparently, vampires who consume human blood regularly are way too stronger than those who consume animal blood.

We’re always drawn to strength and power possibly because we want to be rescued. That’s why superhero movies are always popular. Just like our favorite superhero characters, vampires also carry superhuman strength that makes people drawn to their character.

  1. Bad Boy Appeal

We always have a thing for bad boys. Even in real-life dating, many wonderful women are attracted to bad boys who would only do nothing but break their hearts.

Vampires are also a tortured soul, though technically they don’t have a soul. Their “bad boy” appeal is what makes them appealing and interesting. The Twilight series has become a successful franchise thanks to millions of fans who fell in love with the brooding Edward Cullen. His mysterious and bad boy image did not just capture the heart of Bella; it also turned millions of movie-goers into Twilight-obsessed human creatures.

We’re not just drawn to bad boys but we also have this crazy desire of saving them. That’s perhaps why vampires, despite their evil nature, are so interesting. They’re probably one lost soul that we would love to rescue.

  1. Wealth and Possession

Vampires, having lived a hundred years, have accumulated massive wealth and possessions. You’d often see them living in gigantic mansions or immaculately sophisticated homes. When you see them hanging out in their living room, it’s like literally coming out of a “Beautiful Homes” magazine.

Because of their wealth and possession, vampires carry an arrogant attitude that we find surprisingly appealing. Their wealth, compounded with their strength and beauty, makes them creatures that are always envied.

It’s addicting to watch the rich and affluent, regardless if they are vampires or human beings. Just like the Kardashians, watching vampires in their exquisite beautiful homes is a sweet escape from reality.

  1. Fresh Angles

All vampire stories may originate from the basic premise, but script writers manage to find new angles to explore. Their stories are presented in a fresh perspective, adding something new factor that fans may not know of. In the new version of Dracula, the title character is portrayed much more sympathetically than usual, and Van Helsing is working with Dracula.

There are a lot of rooms for exploration in vampire stories. Regardless of how their story is told, they are still one of the most-loved monsters. Read more vampire movie stories here.

 

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10 Most Powerful Vampires in the Twilight Movies

It’s been 10 years since the first Twilight movie was released. Since then, the Twilight series launched a massive pop following. Who could ever forget the long lines of fans just to see their favorite Twilight character?

The last installment, Breaking Dawn, came out in 2012 and the hysteria has faded. As the fans moved on from one vampire movie to another, let’s take a step back at the past and reminisce the sweet moments Twilight brought us.

To honor this huge installment movie, let’s take a look back at the characters that grazed our screens. Below are 10 of the most powerful vampires in Twilight movies, ranked from weakest to strongest.

  1. Demetri

Demetri is one of the most feared members among the Volturi. He’s like the GPS of the vampires. As long as he physically encountered them before, there’s no hiding from this powerful vampire. He can track them using his minds; you may hide all you want but Demetri can certainly locate you even if you hide in the deepest part of the world.

He must be a valued member of the Volturi, they even ended the life of their old tracker just to get Demetri instead. When he’s not needed for tracking, he mostly stays in the background and is usually seen rather than heard.

  1. Kate

Breaking Dawn introduced us to a lot of new vampires when the Cullens had to find a lot of vampires to testify that Renesmee is just a mortal child.

Kate is a member of the Denali coven that Carlisle mentioned in the past installments. Just like the Cullens, Kate is a “vegetarian” and one of the best fighters of the Denali coven sisters. Kate possesses a remarkable emotional and physical strength. You would remember her as one of the strong forces who fought against some of the most senior members of the Volturi just to help the Cullens in protecting Renesmee.

  1. James

James was the main antagonist of Twilight. This sadistic and unusually gifted tracker does not get satisfaction in just tracking his preys. He enjoys the whole process of it; he gets his thrill by playing and manipulating his poor victims.

James latches on to the scent of his target and uses a heightened sixth sense to track not just humans but vampires as well. It’s no wonder that Laurent, another member of James’ coven, calls him the most lethal and gifted tracker he’s ever known.

  1. Victoria

Victoria became the antagonist of both New Moon and Eclipse after her mate James’ life was taken by the Cullens. She was so consumed with her rage that he made destroying Bella a mission as her revenge for the demise of her beloved.

She may not look like that powerful at first glance, but her true power is her self-preservation skills. She always manages to stay alive, regardless if she’s being pursued by an entire family of powerful vampire or an entire pack of strong werewolves.

  1. Alec

One of the highest ranking members of the Volturi, Alec along with his twin sister Jane is two of the main offensive weapons of the clan.

He may look young but he possesses a powerful gift that can take down any vampire regardless of size or other mental abilities. He can make his target completely sensory deprived. To make him even more powerful, his power can affect multiple victims at once.

  1. Jane

Alec’s twin sister, Jane, plays the other half of the Volturi’s offensive plan. Just like his twin brother, Alec has the power to take down any vampire she chooses just by simply staring at them. Vampires who have heard of her are terribly scared of Jane. Aside from being one of the most feared vampires, Jane gets a twisted sort of joy when she tortures her victims.

  1. Edward Cullen

Edward has shown his power since the very first Twilight movie. His most natural power is being able to read minds. While other vampires need to focus or touch their subjects, Edward can easily hear the thoughts of other people around him without these factors. Of course, the exception of this is Bella, which is why Edward was intrigued her.

Aside from his ability to read minds, he also possesses tremendous strength. Both lovebirds James and Victoria ended their lives at the hands of Edward.

  1. Bella Swan Cullen

Bella might have possessed a strong power even when she was human. Edward’s psychic ability does not work on her and Jane’s psychic torture did not work on her either.

This ability turned into a psychic shield when she became a vampire; this shield can even extend over other people with some effort. Anyone within its radius is safe from another vampire’s psychic effects when she’s turning her shield on.

The fact that Twilight movies hold many powerful vampires, their powers become null and void because of Bella’s powers. Her defensive power makes her a vampire that you don’t want to mess with.

  1. Aro

Aro, the leader of the Volturi, is at the number two spot of our list. He is one of the oldest vampires, being around since 1300 BC in Greece. The fact that he managed to stay alive this long is already a living testament of his power.

Aro can also read minds but unlike Edward, he can only hear the current thoughts of his target. But once he touches you, he can have access to every thought you’ve ever had. He uses this power to manipulate his victims and finds way to enhance his powers.

  1. Benjamin

We may only know him in Breaking Dawn but Benjamin has proven that he’s the most powerful vampire introduced in the series.

Benjamin was one of the vampires who bear witness to Renesmee’s mortal existence. He the only known vampire who has the power of manipulating the natural elements: earth, water, air and fire. We witnessed his power in the final battle of the movie when he opened up a rift in the ground so deep it leads to the magma below.

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5 Vampire Movies for the Romantic Viewers

Vampire movies are perfect for those who are looking for love and desire.

Vampires and their bloodthirst have been loved by so many because of their passionate pursuant to something that they love – whether it’s for something bloody and scandalous or strong affection towards someone. You can hardly think of a vampire movie that does not have an element of love, lust and desire on its theme.

Below are some of the most romantic vampire movies of all time that will quench your thirst for romance with an ingredient of horror.

  1. Thirst

This South Korean horror film is one of the most well-received vampire horror films in recent years. It did not come as a surprise when Thirst won the Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes Festival. This highly entertaining movie is not only a romantic movie but it also alternates between being terrifying, adorable and strange.

Plot:

A number of people volunteered to test out a vaccine. Unfortunately, the experiment killed the other test subjects except for a kind and generous Catholic priest Sang-hyun (Song Kang-ho). Being a sole survivor of the project, Sang-hyun discovered some changes in him and this includes having new abilities and needs. He gained impressive strength and speed but he also felt an undeniable need for blood.

Sang-hyun reunited with a childhood friend and when he saw the man’s wife, Tae-ju (Kim Ok-bin), he felt a forbidden passion for the overworked young woman with a quirky demeanor.

Sang-hyun and Tae-ju gave in to their illicit passion and this was filled with so many beautifully shot and incredibly sexy scenes. The small moments of sweetness along the way are also equally wonderful. Who can forget the scene when Tae-ju told Sang-hyun, “Vampires are … cuter than I thought.”

  1. Only Lovers Left Alive

While we’re all left wondering if Loki is indeed dead in The Avengers, you can have your Tom Hiddleston fix by watching this 2013 vampire film.

Only Lovers Left Alive stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton in a romantic vampire movie that will make you believe in the essence of forever. These two lovebirds have proven that their relationship is strong and could even survive death.

Plot:

Vampires Adam and Eve have been married for centuries but they were living apart at the beginning of the film – Adam in Detroit while Eve was in Tangier. When Eve realized that Adam was depressed and bored, she immediately came to his rescue and chided him out of his despondency.

Their relationship was not void of challenges. For one thing, there is Eve’s wild sister and then there’s the blood shortage. Despite these bumps though, Adam and Eve were the #vampirerelationshipgoals everyone is envious of: lazily sensual, industrious, talented and together drinking blood at the end.

  1. Underworld

You may have known this movie as a starring role for Kate Beckinsale where she played a butt-kicking vampire fighter in black leather but this movie franchise, especially the first installment, contained a sweet forbidden romance.

Plot:

Since Selene’s (Beckinsale) family was killed by the lycans, she has fought on the side of vampires against the mangy beasts. But when a human, Michael Corbin (Scott Speedman), became a target of lycans, she began to suspect that there are more truth on the longtime feud between vampires and lycans that she was not told about.

Selene abducted Michael to find out the truth, despite the fact that he was already bitten by a wolf. While he was turning into a werewolf, Selene’s sworn enemy, this hard-core vampire still protected him. She showed everyone that love is a sacrifice; that she was willing to risk the wrath of her own species just to save her werewolf lover.

  1. Twilight

This massive film franchise did not only kick-started the hearts of millions but it also launched a gigantic fan base that even the personal lives of the “Robsten” were obsessed of. Millions of fans were giddy and happy when news broke out that their romance was beyond on-screen. But their heart broke when the two actors had decided to end their relationship. Everyone had a say about their relationship, even Donald Trump.

Plot:

When Bella (Kristen Stewart) moved to the sunshine-deprived town of Forks, Washington, she met mysterious Edward (Robert Pattinson) and was instantly drawn to him. What she did not know is that Edward belongs to a family of vampire and being a mere mortal, her blood is pretty irresistible for him.

Despite the strong urge to suck her blood, Edward learned to master his thirst and came clean to Bella. She may have been initially shocked when she knew the truth, but their love for each other was stronger and deeper. The movie did not fail to satisfy their young-base fans when it comes to the elements of romance. Everyone felt in love too with their long walks in the woods and when they met each other’s family.

Who would not fall for mysterious bad boy and forbidden romance that Twilight offers?

  1. Let the Right One In

The 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In is about 12-year-old Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) who grew up in the 1980s suburbs of Stockholm. Despite being shy and bullied, he befriends a girl who lives next door who is secretly a vampire. This story may be too sweet but it has a shocking violence that could sneak up on you.

Plot:

Oskar was undeniably smitten to his new friend, Eli. She became attached to Oskar when her caretaker died protecting her. Oskar soon realized that Eli is a vampire, but his love for her was too strong that he did not only accept her but he also helped her acquire fresh blood. The tenderness between the two characters is very touching that you would barely notice the violence when Eli was dismembering one of her steady’s bullies.

Vampire movies give so much depth to love and romance. Spend your Friday night binge-watching these romantic vampire movies.

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The Top 3 Vampire Movies of All Time

There are hundreds of vampire movies that have been produced over the years and the debate will still continue as to which of them the best was and should be on the list of all-time greats. We however have chosen to take a different perspective to this and will list down what we feel are our top 3 vampire movies of all time.

No 1. Nosferatu produced in 1922

If you began your appreciation for horror movies early on then then you have definitely watched Nosferatu which was a silent film produced way back in 1922 and one of the very first movies to depict vampires. The most notable part about this movie was that the use of the vampire was symbolic and only a few people got it at the end. We deliberately chose not to issue any spoilers. Go watch the movie.

No 2. Dracula produced in 1931

Whereas there have been many variations of Dracula, the original 1931 production which by the way was a black and white film still stands out for those who appreciate quality filmmaking. The vampire depicted in this movie though supernatural was not too much of an exaggeration if you understand what we mean but was a very believable creature.    

No. 3 Near Dark produced in 1987

The Near Dark film sought to create a whole new identity for vampires and gave rise to the notion that vampires could exist among humans doing ordinary human things. It’s from this movie’s idea of the vampire that many other ideas were born that inspire other vampire movies.

We consider this our top three pick of all time vampire movies because they were produced at a time when fancy graphics and fancy make up had not been discovered but the movies still went on to attract huge audiences.

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Here’s Why Vampire Movies are so Popular

The first vampire film was produced way back in 1896 and since then, numerous other vampire movies have gone on to be produced with each growing to different levels of success. It’s not clear whether vampires actually exist but fanatics of these movies believe that vampire stories are too many to be ignored and since they have been captured throughout history, there must be some truth to them.

In this article, we are going to look at a couple of reasons why vampire movies are so popular.    

1 They give audiences a source of escape

The reality about life is that it can at times be so full of boredom and what people therefore desire is an escape from this boredom. Vampire movies have proven to be a good source of escape because they mostly offer an alternate reality for most viewers. 

2 They have a Halloween connection

Halloween is so big in the West and is an occasion that is driven by the belief in the evil supernatural coming to torment the earth. This is not that much different from what vampires are depicted to be responsible for therefore it adds some credence to the existence of vampires hence the popularity of vampire movies.

3 Many people enjoy horror stories

There are people who are wired to enjoy horror stories riddled with scenes of bloodletting, carnage and other gnarly scenarios. This is the reason why doomsday, horror, and vampire movies among other movies of this nature are usually quite popular.

4 Many people believe in the supernatural

It’s no secret that many people want to understand more about the origin of life and how it came to be and because their questions have remained unanswered by science and religion, they are open to believing in the existence of the supernatural, with vampire movies being a perfect depiction of this belief.

It’s worth mentioning however that there’s another group of people who simply enjoy vampire movies because of a good storyline and really amazing graphics. All in all, vampire movies are popular and this popularity doesn’t seem like it will wane any time soon.

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Special Effects Used to Make Vampire Movies Scary

Whereas the debate is still on as to whether vampires actually exist or existed at some point in time, many props should be directed to costume designers, makeup artists and graphic designers on movie sets for the amazing work they do of bringing vampires to life. They surely keep us on the edges of our seats by taking these horror movies to a whole different level.   

We are going to look at some of these special effects that help make vampire movies super scary.

The use of lighting

In a movie set, lighting usually makes a whole lot of difference as it helps set the tone of the movie. Just as with color psychology, the different lighting will bring out different emotions from the viewer and it’s this that the production team will focus on to bring out the desired effect during a specific movie scene. The lighting effects can be darkness or light as well as different color lights to set the tone.

The use of sound

A movie would not be a movie without the right sound effects. From the squeaking of wooden panels, to the sound of wind blowing by, to the screams and the sound of teeth sinking into someone’s neck, all these are what enable the movie audience to get a full experience of the movie. Not to mention the soundtracks that help build tension and create anticipation.   

The use of makeup

Thanks to makeup artistes, vampires come to life in the movies. It’s this amazing group of people that enable us to get an image of what scary vampires would look like, experience how they would feed on their victims and much more. Without makeup artistes, we would not really have much of a functional impression of what vampires actually look like.

When these three special effects are brought together very well, we end up with a production that will leave a lasting impression in our memories. Hence, this is why we love vampire movies.